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ReleasedMarch 24, 1988
RecordedJanuary 1988 at Greene St. Recording, New York City
Genre Heavy metal, speed metal, power metal
Label CBS
Epic (Europe)
Producer Steve Loeb, Rod Hui, Mark Reale
Riot chronology
Born in America
Riot Live
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Thundersteel is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Riot, released after coming back from a period of inactivity in the mid-80s. [4] It features a totally different line-up from that of the previous work, with guitarist Mark Reale being the only remaining member.

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Riot V American heavy metal band

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It was re-issued in 2003 by Collectables Records with slightly amended artwork and re-issued on 180g vinyl as a 2-LP set with The Privilege of Power by SPV on February 25, 2013. [5] The album originally charted at No. 150 on Billboard 200 [6]

Collectables Records

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<i>The Privilege of Power</i> 1990 studio album by Riot

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The song "Thundersteel" was originally written by Mark Reale and Don Van Stavern for Narita, a short-lived project Reale formed with members of S.A.Slayer following the demise of Riot in 1984. A demo released by Narita exists, with "Thundersteel" and two other tracks: "Liar" and "The Feeling Is Gone". The song's cover appears as a bonus track on 2013 album "Possession" by the Polish heavy metal band Crystal Viper.

Mark Reale American Guitarist

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The song "Flight of the Warrior" was covered by the Swedish heavy metal band HammerFall on their 2008 album Masterpieces . A cover of "Flight of the Warrior" also appears as a bonus track on the 2013 album Beneath the Surface by German metal band Alpha Tiger who've performed the song live as well.

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Track listing

1."Thundersteel"Reale, Van Stavern3:49
2."Fight or Fall"Van Stavern4:25
3."Sign of the Crimson Storm"Reale4:40
4."Flight of the Warrior"Moore, Reale, Van Stavern4:17
5."On Wings of Eagles"Moore, Reale, Van Stavern5:41
6."Johnny's Back"Moore, Reale, Van Stavern5:32
7."Bloodstreets"Moore, Reale4:39
8."Run for Your Life"Moore, Reale, Van Stavern4:08
9."Buried Alive (Tell Tale Heart)"Moore, Reale, Van Stavern, Jarzombek, Bob Held, Steve Loeb8:55
Total length:46:06


Band members

Tony Moore was the lead singer of the heavy metal band Riot. He was in the band from 1986 to 1992, recording Thundersteel, The Privilege of Power, 2008 to 2009 and rejoining in 2010 along with the other members from the Thundersteel line-up to release Immortal Soul. He also sang with Faith and Fire, a project with Mike Flyntz. They released their first and only album Accelerator in 2006.

Bobby Jarzombek is an American musician of Polish and German ancestry who is currently the drummer for progressive metal band Fates Warning and former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach.

Additional musicians

Steeler was an early 1980s American heavy metal band best known for featuring Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen upon his arrival in the United States. The band was founded in 1981 in Nashville, Tennessee by vocalist Ron Keel and released a sole album on Shrapnel Records in 1983 before morphing into Keel.

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