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RIOT / SONS OF SOCIETY
LABEL: TOSHIBA EMI TOCP-65264
OVERALL: 77%
Produced by: Mark Reale & Paul Orofino
  1. Snake Charmer
  2. On The Wings Of Life
  3. Sons Of Society
  4. Twist Of Fate
  5. Bad Machine
  6. Cover Me
  7. Dragon Fire
  8. The Law
  9. Time To Bleed
  10. Queen
  11. Somewhere
  12. Promises
Riot and their new album have been the subject of more interest of late, due to their guitarist Mark Reale branching out into the Westworld project with Tony Harnell and Bruno Ravell.
The excellence of that album brought about questions of Riot's style.
I am here to report that although this is a very good album, it isn't going to appeal to many of the Westworld fans.
This is much heavier stuff. Not the classic metal/90's metal combo heaviness of someone like Bruce Dickinson, but the more European friendly classic metal such of the likes of Sinner or Yngwie Malmsteen even.
Vocalist Mike Dimeo has a great voice, especially for this sort of hard rock. In places he even reminds me of a Joe Lynn Turner at full stretch, but with a slightly higher pitched voice.
BOTTOM LINE: For those who don't mind it heavy and love that traditional hard rock/metal there is still plenty of melody in Sons Of Society. Nothing in the commercial tones of Westworld, but plenty of chord changes and great vocals.
PRODUCTION: 80%SONGS: 75%VIBE: 70%ATTITUDE: 80%
ESSENTIAL FOR: Fans of melodic metal, European hard rock and a few Westworld fans.
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