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Showing 0 comments. Sort by: Newest Oldest. If you like riot musically this is a good cd and if you like Mike Demio's vocals then you should have no problem with this album. Format: Audio CD. This album starts off with a bang called "Turn the Tables". Introduced with a rapid-fire chromatic-style riff, the tune begs your attention and doesn't give in until the last bar. The next few tunes are solid rockers that highlight the musical prowess of the band members, particuarly DiMeo's voice, throwback that it may be.
The title track has a bit of a progressive-feel, with the leader Burn The Sun - Riot - Through The Storm declaring "It's time to meet my end! The album reaches an "autopilot" stage after this track, where the tunes are not really inspiring but remain solid rockers in their own right.
This portion of the album fits well into your early 80's rock collection, and its a great listen for fans of the era. You won't hit skip, but you might forget a song or two before tomorrow. The album dies for me on track eight. Essential Enemies is a step in the wrong direction. The guy has a great voice and they throw it through a noise box?
I was also disappointed that a band that has released fifteen albums had to Burn The Sun - Riot - Through The Storm a UFO tune to fill out tracks. The cover doesn't They don't add anything noticable to the cover. The Isle of Shadows instrumental track is built on a nifty riff with Celtic feel.
The phrasing and feel of the tune fit with the album and I enjoy the track. The guitar work is nowhere near virtuoso level, however, and the song feels like its there to stroke an ego somewhere. The George Harrison instrumental Litto Nebbia - Yo Te Daré Una Mano Hermano at the end really left me feeling abused.
However, it does show the band tiding the ship with more conviction. Make no mistake, this is not a return to past glories. But, it is at least a return around the former standards set in the past releases after The Privilege of Power. While the vocals often dip into anthemic and sugary choruses, they don't sound too unnerving and overall there is a pleasant gradation in the songs' ear-friendliness. There is even the time for a couple instrumentals, a thing where guitarist Mark Reale always shined.
The very melodious "Isle of Shadows" may remind a bit too much of 's "Inishmore", but he still does. That said, it's definitely not the weakest in the 'series'. By embracing its more dare I say commercial side, it comes off as a coherent body of work, enjoyable from beginning to end even in its lack of ambition. Furthermore, this album can count on Burn The Sun - Riot - Through The Storm the arguably stronger production values of the lot, something that should not be underestimated when talking about a group of albums that sound so similar.
Burn The Sun - Riot - Through The Storm any kind of underlying concept, it may not sound as cohesive as albums like Inishmore or The Brethren of the Long Housebut Through the Storm still stands as a respectable release. May it be a vocal hook, a guitar solo, or even a symphonic touch; this is not an album that can be called poor.
Let It Show 6. Burn The Sun 7. To My Head 8. Essential Enemies 9. Most notable are Mike DiMeo's vocals, locked in the thrall of a ghastly distortion effect scavenged from Papa Roach's trash can.
Add to that the loutish radio rock All I Had - Various - Got That Feeling, A Tribute To Skywave (File), directionless riffs, and silly orchestral obbligato, and you've got a rocker as inviting as a punji stick trap. It's the type of composition I'd expect to hear in the soundtrack of a PS2 streetracing game, surrounded by Underoath and Kasabian.
Even when this album gets moving, you can tell it isn't exactly revving its nuts off. One of the more hot-blooded tracks is 'Turn the Tables', which resembles synthetic, kid-friendly punk rock much moreso than the raw, unfiltered metal stylings we've grown accustomed to.
One thing that remains familiar, however, are Mark Reale's incredible solos. They remain as potent as ever, trapezing alongside Mike Flyntz's harmonizing handiwork to create a typhoon of illuminating setpieces, most notably in the Vinnie Moore-esque instrumental 'Isle of Shadows'.
Though it's worth noting these high-flying solos don't exactly gel with the aforementioned stiff and unnatural rock foundations they're glued to. And so another unsightly door-ding is added to the erotic 60's convertible that is Riot's career. Despite being more willing to recommend Through the Storm over Burn The Sun - Riot - Through The Storm Breed - and the bulk of Born in America for that matter - I'm not entirely sure who I'd be recommending all this inflexible and awkward hard rock to.
Hardcore Riot fans would undoubtedly be disappointed at just how unRioty everything is; likewise those who have ignored Riot would have their foolish prejudices completely justified by this wooden mulch.
I recommend this to people who really like PS2 racing game soundtracks, I guess. To say that Riot fell off most peoples' radars going into the 90's after the well received Thundersteel would be an understatement. That's not to say that they stopped producing quality content, but ever since teaming of with Michael Im Free - Fil Di Ferro - Fil Di Ferro inRiot's music had ultimately been watering down with each subsequent release.
By the time we get to 's Through the Stormthey were practically auditioning to write the soundtrack for the Sonic the Hedgehog game of the previous year, Sonic Adventure 2.
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