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Riot has returned with a very strong release.

What's it gonna do to make you Riot? Well, to put it simply, Riot has returned with a very strong release indeed. It's been a handful of years since 'Army Of One' which was a good album from the New York band but by no means their best. Back with the classic line-up of Tony Moore on vocals, founder and guitarist Mark Reale, Don Van Stavern on bass, drummer Bobby Jarzombek and live guitarist Mike Flyntz, Riot have (thankfully, in the eyes of many fans) gone back to their classic sound as evidenced on the vintage eighties Riot albums 'Thundersteel' and 'The Privilege Of Power'. 

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'Immortal Soul' is filled to maximum capacity with enough metal pyrotechnics and guitar grooves to slice through fresh bread. 'Whiskey Man' and the title-track are robust metal tracks while the excellent 'Sins Of The Father' brings a speed metal sound to the album. Of course, it's pure metal through and through but they do have some groove and there's a fair dosage of melodic rock. Riot has always been one of these metal bands that appealed to a wide spectrum of rock and metal fans. They know what the key is to a good melody and 'Immortal Soul' is a diverse selection of songs. It's the metal edge to this band that many fans have always enjoyed. On the other hand, the lyrics on some songs like 'Crawling' shows that the band still has something worth saying.

It's great to see this legendary American metal band back on fine form and 'Immortal Soul' is one of this particular reviewer's highlights for the latter half of 2011.

Neil Daniels

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