New York hard rockers Riot finished work on their new studio album a couple of weeks ago. It was recently announced that the new album will be release soon. The album, Immortal Soul, will be released on October 28 in Germany, October 31 elsewhere in Europe, and early November in the US. The band will be touring as "special guests" for Hammerfall, with Amaranthe for a tour in Europe. Riot aren't very popular in the US but they've been together since 1977 when guitarist Mark Reale formed the band. The band's most successful album would have to be 1981's Fire Down Under. The current line-up of Riot marks the reunion of the Thundersteel era line-up: Reale, singer Tony Moore, guitarist Mike Flyntz, bassist Don Van Stavern, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek. Immortal Soul will be the first album with this line-up since 1990's The Priviledge of Power. Immortal Soul is also the band's first album since 2006's Army of One and Riot's 14th studio album.
I'm excited for the release of this new album. It hurts me that the new album won't be out until November, not to mention an unknown date. I'd also like to see Riot come over and play in the US. I first heard of Riot after seeing the videos for "Restless Breed" and "Bloodstreets" played on VH1 Classic. I was aware of them for years but didn't get Fire Down Under until the end of 2009. I've been hooked since.