Run For Your Life - Riot (4) - Fire Down Under (Vinyl, LP, Album)
View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Fire Down Under on Discogs.4/5(1). View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Fire Down Under on Discogs. Label: Elektra - ELK K 52 (5E) • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: France • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock/5(25). Fire Down Under is the third album by American heavy metal band Riot, released in , and the last with original vocalist Guy Speranza. The song "Flashbacks" is dedicated to Neal Kay, the British DJ who supported heavy metal in the UK during the new wave of British heavy metal.. The album was re-issued on CD in by the German-based High Vaultage label, utilizing a new, controversial Genre: Heavy metal.
GodShifterApr 14, Any analog version of this album probably sounds better than the 97 and 99 digital disasters. This would be a great start for the Target Series as well.
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada. Deuce66Apr 14, Rapid Fire and GodShifter like this. Location: USA. Holy DiverApr 14, DPMApr 14, I wish AF had a digital download with the lp, but they don't. I have way too many lps in my queue to ND, and I never seem to get to them The HV has a lot smoother sound to it, with much more bass.
It's also less compressed and doesn't make my ears bleed, so I can sit through the entire album! The bonus track "Struck by Lightning" is also quite excellent. Something the MB didn't include My only complaint is the remix of Outlaw has the chorus repeated too many times. Otherwise, a worthy upgrade! Holy DiverApr 19, I imagine this is a long shot, but is there any chance of Audio Fidelity doing a CD release of this? HumanMachineryAug 29, Probably not perceived as a big enough market.
Wait a few years, and I imagine people will start clamoring. Metal fans have an obnoxious trait of recognizing the greatness of certain underground bands only AFTER key members are dead.
HumanMachinerySep 26, HumanMachinery likes this. I was gonna ask if there was any way this could be posted to HD tracks, but I'm told that mastering for digital media is different from mastering for analog. HumanMachineryNov 20, Location: South Florida.
JPaganMar 25, Fire Down Under was promptly released on Elektra Records, even going so far as to break into the Billboard Topquite a feat considering Riot no longer had major label muscle behind their promotion.
Listening to these songs, is it really any wonder the Brits were going apeshit over them in ? People characterize Album) album as "American NWOBHM", and really that hits the nail on the head, if the "American" is understood to refer to character as well as location.
Even so, Saxon at their most energetic and Raven at their most polished are Fire Down Under 's closest cousins, I think. I do not exaggerate when I put Guy Speranza at his best on the same level as true greats like Halford or Dio; the man has the full frontman package, evincing incredible skill and talent while simultaneously dripping with charisma. Speranza reminds me of Glenn Hughes in a lot of ways, with a similar sort of high clear tenor, but with a soulful edge that comes and goes at will.
Unlike Hughes however, Speranza's got more youthful energy than ten boys in a bottle, like an Ian Gillan with the rough edges sanded down, and that makes listening to the guy a whole hell of a lot of fun.
If you listen to one of the live albums from the time or watch any videos of Speranza's old shows with Riot on Youtube, you can see that he did a fantastic job in a live environment as well. Fire Down Under is a perfect example of classic pacing done right; right out of the gate we're hit by "Swords and Tequila", a fast number about drinking and playing with weapons that gets you up out of your seat and keeps you there. Next we have the title track, which turns things up another notch.
It's even faster than the first, practically speed metal, and it has what might be the catchiest chorus on an album full of catchy choruses. The former clocks in at just over three minutes while the latter lasts just longer than two and a half; Riot know how to keep it short but sweet. Just as you'd expect from the pacing, "Feel the Same" slows things down with a brooding, bluesy feel and Speranza's expert crooning.
While the first two songs were about kicking ass and having fun, "Feel the Same" is much more heartfelt, the yearning of a man who desperately wants to establish a meaningful connection with his woman, but seems chronically unable to understand her.
Midpaced rocker "Outlaw" spins a melancholy yarn of a gambler on the run from the law, until finally he is betrayed by a Album) and runs out of luck. Luckily, the track is intentionally fun and silly enough that the lyrics don't come off as too out of place. Even so, it works quite well and the gang shouts really drive the chorus's point home. However, none of that has prepared you for "Altar of the King". This is Riot's take on Rainbow's epic style, approaching the transcendence of something like "Stargazer" in only about half the time but with a much more positive color.
The song opens with a quiet, vaguely medieval-sounding acoustic guitar piece before slapping you with that main riff that bounces along like a runaway jackhammer. The rest are good as well, with the two guitars splitting into separate but supporting parts on the verses, one repeating a single fast chord while the other lets the same chord ring out, a technique that creates considerable tension which builds toward the chorus.
To the altar of the king! Over the top of this Guy Speranza sings his heart out, with lyrics encapsulating the song's theme of striving toward greatness and accomplishment through ambiguous epic pronouncements that would make Dio proud. I liken it to the righteous conviction of the young men who lied about their ages to enlist early during WWII, so eager were they to fight Nazis. If "Altar of the King" were used in a recruitment campaign, I'd join up no matter the cause.
War with the Lilliputians, you say? I'm on a boat right now with a pair of stompin' boots. Unfortunately, the album doesn't ever get back to the greatness of the previous song, but then that's too much to ask. It's put together out of snippets from concerts and interviews with a guitar solo screaming over the top, and eventually it starts to turn into a cool song before prematurely fading out.
While I have to admit it was probably put in there to pad out the length of an otherwise very short album 33 minutes without the outroI think it does a good job of cementing the mood and easing us out. The way "Flashbacks" fades just at the apparent beginning of another song implies that Riot never quit, it's only the listener who gets too exhausted to continue.
Maybe there's some alternate universe in which Riot play forever? Though their successes seemed forever tempered by setbacks, between Narita and Fire Down Under Riot was genuinely on the cusp of breaking through and joining the likes of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
Unfortunately, Fire Down Under also ended up being the swansong for this incarnation of Riot. Disillusioned after label shenanigans and general mismanagement, the recently married Guy Speranza decided it was time to leave the biz forever.
The band picked up new throat Rhett Forrester and soldiered on; while talented, Forrester was apparently a difficult and unreliable guy, and without Speranza the band's chemistry was definitely off. A mediocre followup to Fire Down Under got them dropped from Elektra, and after another mediocre Forrester album on an even smaller label, band leader Mark Reale simply didn't have the energy to continue touring in support of big names while Riot's chances of being a big name themselves, once nearly within reach, now receded ever farther into the distance.
I could lament the end of the Speranza-era Riot, but honestly I find it difficult to imagine the band topping Fire Down Underand if you listen to the handful of tracks that were recorded after this album but before Speranza's departure, they show the band making clear concessions to commercial demands at the expense of quality. These ten tracks right here were unquestionably the culmination of their hard rock efforts up to that point; one of the first emergences of heavy metal proper on this side of the Atlantic, one of the few American answers to NWOBHM that really carried weight.
Under the right circumstances Riot might've been able to pull off another good album or two in this style, sure, and it's a shame they didn't; but after listening to Fire Down Under four or five times in a row while writing this review, it's really hard to feel bad about anything. Fewer bands have gone on as long for as little credit as New York's Riot. Formed inthe band is now 33 years deep into its career and still producing classic heavy metal music.
We had Riot. And you know something? It's a pretty fair trade off. While I generally think of 's power metal platter Thundersteel as the best of this band's albums, they have a pretty standout discography, especially their early offerings.
Fire Down Under is Riot's third full-length, and a damn good one. I'd describe the band as Rush-like with an injection of classic British metal ala Judas Priest. Hard rocking rhythms and a great singer. Guy Speranza was the original vocalist and he's got a smooth, high tone without ever going off into the Halfordsphere. Who could forget that guitar lick? Listen, you will know the one. Fire Down Under boasts another of those timeless mixes which will sound just as good in the year as Pure 70s vibrant energy, direct tone, shuffling drum, and vocals doused in just enough reverb to capitalize on Speranza's power, while easily reproducible live.
The solo work on this record LP bluesy and burning, and no song runs too long. It's a great heavy metal disc, a classic that any collector will proudly claim. Yeah, so we had only Riot and a few other bands here worth a damn during that early metal explosion. They delivered, and this is one of their best. The yanks really took a long time to get their feet off the ground when it came to heavy metal, perplexing really what with the great American talents in the hard rock scene and, indeed, artists such as Hendrix and Blue Cheer laying down some of the groundwork for what would be the metal sound.
Britain certainly did rule the waves for a time and even Canada was ahead with those owl-obsessed progressive weirdos, Rush.
America really did take its time. Thankfully, it was very much worth the wait. What a blazing, exciting piece of music!
Further strengthening the fun vibe here is that loose yet completely ripping guitar solo, that dive-bomb with all that glorious reverb is just priceless.
This feeling is probably stressed quite a bit by the organic and neat production of this album. Riot evades the failings of so many of their British counterparts. Great album, it really is. What is it about early 80s metal that allows it to kick so much ass? I am sure UltraBoris with his seemingly unlimited knowledge of metal LP could enlighten me. I am not one to concern myself with anything more than the music, LP.
Riot may be the first U. I don't care. I can say they put out one absolutely scintillating album with Fire Down Under. Despite my general ignorance of the historical background, I do know enough to understand the trends toward faster metal. As Boris said, this stuff is pretty nuts for The title track is two-and-a-half minutes of blazing quick metal.
Not everything is as alacritous as that, but Riot is not one of those bands who falter with the slower stuff. Falling into this category is my favorite track: Altar of the Kings. I should warn you that these songs do not take the tack of owning you with innumerable riffs every song. Instead, you receive extremely well crafted and well-executed riffs and leads, along with songs that earn every second of their relatively short durations. Fire Down Under represents that rare glimpse into the exciting period when hard rock mutated into that much uglier beast we call metal.
The production borrows liberally from the 70s, yet undeniably relishes in a metallic glint. I don't want to dilute Riot's musical legacy because this falls firmly into the metal camp, it just needs recognition that Riot still trembled with trepidation about leaping into the still murky waters of metal.
This appears Riot's most famous release other than, perhaps, Thundersteel and I need to pick up their post-Thundersteel catalogue to see if their is legitimacy to this view. I don't think I am crazy in perceiving shades of this album in such giants as Mercyful Fate. If you like metal, get this album. The guitar is fabulous and it is a damn shame Guy Speranza quit vocals after this album. Recorded in Put this one in, hear the first riff, hear where Two Minutes to Midnight was born Possibly the first American metal band??
Twisted Sister were around earlier, but they weren't metal until or so, which is the year Riot was formed.
referencing Fire Down Under, LP, Album, AR, 5E One of the best metal albums of all time! Guitarist Mark Reale led the band through the good and the bad times until they began changing singers. bought the album back in the early 80"s on vinyl,got lazy and ignored vinyl collection when cd"s came out,so decided to purchase"fire down under" to remind me what i was arenhatdypenni.pleadincarcurecudicnervlogribotu.co incredible album that stands the test of time, First track "swords & tequila", a fantastic in your face track a marvellous arenhatdypenni.pleadincarcurecudicnervlogribotu.cout track to me is "outlaw /5(). Fire Down Under, an Album by Riot. Released 9 February on Elektra (catalog no. 5E; Vinyl LP). Genres: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock. Featured peformers: Mark Reale (guitar), Sandy Slavin (drums), Rick Ventura (guitar), Guy Speranza (vocals), Kip Leming (bass), Steve Loeb (producer), Billy Arnell (producer), Rod Hui (recording engineer, mixing engineer), Erik Bock (assistant engineer), Paul.
Unquestionably the best offering from New York's Riot, Fire Down Under is considered by many to be an early-'80s metal classic. After two marginally successful LPs, 's Rock City and 's Narita, bandleader Mark Reale worked out all the kinks in Riot's membership and musical delivery, and the results are dramatic. The songs are tight and memorable, the guitars are flashy, and the.
arenhatdypenni.pleadincarcurecudicnervlogribotu.co Side one 1. "Swords and Tequila" (Guy Speranza, Mark Reale) - 2. "Fire Down Under" (Speranza, Kip Leming). Unquestionably the best offering from New York's Riot, Fire Down Under is considered by many to be an early-'80s metal classic. After two marginally successful LPs, 's Rock City and 's Narita, bandleader Mark Reale worked out all the kinks in Riot's membership and musical delivery, and the results are dramatic. The songs are tight and memorable, the guitars are flashy, and the.
If you havent heard Fire Down Under you most definitely need to, alone with the Narita and Restless Breed. I can't beleve that something this good isnt a relevent part of Rock n Roll history. Riot should be one of the top metal bands to come out of the s heavy metal scene. Fire Down Under is a barn burner of a album and one of the best ever/5().
If you havent heard Fire Down Under you most definitely need to, alone with the Narita and Restless Breed. I can't beleve that something this good isnt a relevent part of Rock n Roll history. Riot should be one of the top metal bands to come out of the s heavy metal scene. Fire Down Under is a barn burner of a album and one of the best ever/5(). RIOT 'Fire Down Under' vinyl LP w/OBI. Label: Victor, VIP Format: Vinyl, LP, Album Country: Japan Year Of Release: Condition: Very nice copy in solid EX+ condition, sleeve is very nice and clean, EX, original OBI is EX+ Comes with the original OBI but NO insert. Tracklisting: A1 Swords And Tequila A2 Fire Down Under
RIOT 'Fire Down Under' vinyl LP w/OBI. Label: Victor, VIP Format: Vinyl, LP, Album Country: Japan Year Of Release: Condition: Very nice copy in solid EX+ condition, sleeve is very nice and clean, EX, original OBI is EX+ Comes with the original OBI but NO insert. Tracklisting: A1 Swords And Tequila A2 Fire Down Under
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