RIOT V – Armor of Light (April 27, 2018)

RIOT V – Armor of Light (April 27, 2018)

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, the metal community gathered in Anaheim for the Hall of Heavy Metal History induction ceremony. Cult New York heavy metal band and godfathers of power metal Riot V were inducted alongside Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, bass virtuoso Billy Sheehan, and other metal royalty for their contributions and influence on the community. “I am honored and psyched to be inducted into this year’s Heavy Metal History Hall of Fame with Riot!” comments Don Van Stavern. “The 30-plus year…

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RIOT V – Life as a Citizen of Rock City

RIOT V – Life as a Citizen of Rock City

Any Toronto area rock fan can relate to a post from The Rockpile’s Steve Hoeg on Facebook when he says “Anyone ready for a show announcement?” It gets our adrenaline pumping in anticipation and excitement. However this day, never in a million years did I expect that announcement to be RIOT. Holy Shit! I immediately asked fellow Decibel Geek staffer Rich “The Meister” Dillon if I could do the show including the write-up. Not normally…

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Riot V Live at Sweden Rock Festival

Riot V Live at Sweden Rock Festival

Rock Stage, Sweden Rock Festival, Saturday June 6th Riot was a band that I listened to continuously throughout the 1990´s having missed out on them in the 1980´s. Nightbreaker (1994) was the album that got me into the band and after that I discovered the 80´s “power metal” albums which led me to the start in 1977 and the Guy Speranza (RIP) fronted version of the band. Guy sadly passed away in 2003.  They played Sweden Rock…

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The Lionsheart at Sweden Rock Festival!

The Lionsheart at Sweden Rock Festival!

Sweden Rock Festival June 4,5 and 6 2015 The Lionsheart attends Scandinavia’s biggest rock festival, Sweden Rock for the fourth time. With some new friends, it was time to travel down to the south of Sweden to meet up with The Meister and his Canadian friend Laura. A trip of nearly 600 km one way in a not too comfortable van. Wednesday June 3rd After a lot of negotiations and adjustments at work, I finally…

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Sweden Rock-Meister’s Eurotrip 2015: June 6

Sweden Rock-Meister’s Eurotrip 2015: June 6

Sweden Rock Festival Saturday June 6, 2015 Today is also Sweden’s National Day, so there are events flavored as such and the blue and yellow colours of the Swedish flag are everywhere. We left Shawn at home today as he seemed a bit tired and even a little worse for wear and we headed off for the final day at Sweden Rock Festival 2015. The day began for us with The Sirens on the Sweden Stage,…

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Riot V Unleash the Fire is unleashing greatness

Riot V Unleash the Fire is unleashing greatness

In a year that has seen quite few releases by big name bands in hard rock and heavy metal, there is one new album that should not get lost in the shuffle. Unleash the Fire by Riot V is that album. Anyone who has watched, listened or for that matter read anything that Eddie Trunk has done has to be familiar with the band Riot. It was Eddie’s passion for Riot that inspired me to…

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