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Warriors, if you missed the call, you better put on your armour now as US icons Riot (V) release “Mean Streets,” their first studio album in 6 years, via Atomic Fire Records. Highly lauded by worldwide hard ‘n’ heavy press and supported by an ongoing European run with label mates Tailgunner, the band deliver a 51-minute moment of sheer heavy/power metal glory. Riot (V) additionally celebrate today’s album release by launching the official music video for its speedy title track whose lyrics nostalgically deal with the group’s New York City origin. The audiovisual result, which was directed by Tom Flynn  who was also responsible for Riot (V)’s very popular “Feel The Fire” video, can now be viewed over on YouTube.

Bassist Don Van Stavern shares his thoughts on the new album:

“We’re more than proud to finally present “Mean Streets” to the world! It’s an album that we put a lot of passion into for our legacy and fans. Throughout the years, I have learned what the listener expects from the band. We had some time off so we really wanted to make the fans happy with our return. We always write with Mark in mind and what he might have done. This one represents all eras of the band from the rock beginnings of “Rock City” to our last power metal release “Armor Of Light.” We always unleash the fire down under!”

The album was recorded by Bruno Ravel in New Jersey. Ravel also mixed the album while Bart Gabriel took care of its mastering. Artwork was provided by Gyula Havancsák who captured the galloping style of the new material skillfully – without missing the band’s typical seal style, of course.

Photo credit: Tom Flynn

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