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Born In America

Riot

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Album Review

It's easy to understand why guitarist Mark Reale decided to break up Riot after their fifth full-length disc, Born in America. The band had stopped progressing after their classic 1981 release, Fire Down Under, and the magic was clearly gone by the time that this offering hit record-store shelves in 1984. The group had gone from trend-setting outsiders to major label flops in the space of three years, due in part to the departure of vocalist Guy Speranza. Replacement Rhett Forrester handles the vocal chores nicely on Born in America, just as he had on his Riot debut,Restless Breed. It's the lackluster, cliché-ridden material — not Forrester's performances — that holds this recording down. Only devoted Riot fans should consider this second rate studio effort from one of America's few '80s metal innovators.

Biography

Formed: 1973 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The long-lived New York-based heavy metal band Riot was formed in 1976 by guitarist/songwriter Mark Reale, who recruited vocalist Guy Speranza, guitarist L.A. Kouvaris, bassist Jimmy Iommi, and drummer Peter Bitelli. After debuting in 1977 with Rock City, Kouvaris was replaced by guitarist Rick Ventura, and the group returned in 1979 with Narita; Iommi and Bitelli were the next to exit, and with the recruitment of bassist Kip Leming and drummer Sandy Slavin, the classic Riot lineup was in place....
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