RIOT V will take a week off from recording duties and head to Chicago to headline the USA Festival Metal Apocalypse featuring Grim Reaper and Picture as well on April 4th. The band will then return to New York to finish up the pre-production phase and resume recording the drum tracks for the new release slated for late summer 2014 via the labels SPV/ Steamhammer and Avalon/ Marquee. Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger/ Westworld) who produced Riot's comeback album "Immortal Soul" will be handling production duties once again and ace drum engineer Josh Block (Andy Sneap) is helping with drum tracking duties.
This will be the first offering without guitarist Mark Reale who lost his battle with Crohn's disease in early 2012 and had limited participation on the recording of Immortal Soul because of health issues so Mike Flyntz ended up recording most of the guitar tracks. The music will be once again be written by long time Riot Thundersteel bassist and writer Don Van Stavern and long time Reale guitar partner Mike Flyntz, who together composed most of the tracks on Immortal Soul, and will be reminiscent of the Thundersteel sound although there are a few tracks in the Fire Down Under and Narita style and will feature a couple of Immortal Soul left over songs written by Reale before his untimely passing.
The band on a recent successful European tour performed a new song entitled "Metal Warrior" penned by Van Stavern will appear on the new disc. Van Stavern states "I think Mark will be happy with the results. We worked and collaborated together for so many years and he was staying with me before he passed away and we would sit, write and chat about the future of Riot and I know what he expects from the band. He would love the choice of Todd (Michael Hall) singing for the band now as he trusted my judgement when I recruited drummers Mark Edwards (Steeler/ Lion) and later on Bobby Jarzombek (Sebastian Bach/ Fates Warning) and when we decided on Tony Moore to sing as well as turning the sound of Riot into a heavier power metal sound".
RIOT V will also headline Germanys Headbangers Open Air Festival on July 26, 2014 featuring Diamond Head, Tygers of Pan Tang and Death Angel and just confirmed an appearance at Metal Days Festival in Slovenia on July 24th, 2014 featuring Megadeth, Volbeat and Children of Bodom as well as just announced headlining Keep It True Festival in 2015.