Legendary heavy metallers Riot V have just signed with Atomic Fire Records. The band's new album, the follow-up to "Armor of Light", will be released in early 2024.

RIOT: A band name that makes every metalhead's mind ring alert - in a positive way for sure. Many iconic musicians and bands listing them as an important influence, the New York City based group have definitely paved the way for the hard 'n' heavy scene essentially. Their early musical steps -- »Rock City« [1977], »Narita« [1979], »Fire Down Under« [1981] and »Restless Breed« [1982] to only name a few -- made them grow fastly, following an artist development from hard rock to more metal sounds what resulted in their most iconic record, »Thundersteel« [1988]. The band's path was unfortunately also marked by many strokes of fate which led to significant line-up changes. Especially the death of founding member Mark Reale made a big impact on the group and eventually Reale's »Thundersteel« bandmate and songwriting partner Don Van Stavern decided to continue the legacy and came up with an idea out of respect to add "V" (Roman numeral five) for the 5th chapter of the group as well as the recorded singer. 2013 was the year that RIOT (V) was born! The outfit kept writing and releasing music honouring their legacy - more successfully than ever before. The musical foundation titled »Unleash The Fire« was followed by another furious album that even made RIOT (V) hit the official German album chart for the very first time in their prominent history (»Armor Of Light« [2018] reached position 27). A success album that didn't only give them the opportunity to play around the world, but also let their fans become hungry for more. More indeed is what the band have prepared in recent times. Heavy metal warriors around the world, RIOT (V) are proud to announce that new music is finally coming your way and that they have signed to new label home Atomic Fire Records in order to present their new record to the world in the best possible way.

Original »Thundersteel« bassist/songwriter Donnie Van Stavern who currently manages and handles affairs for the band states: "Metal warriors, I'm pleased to announce that we have signed with the mighty Atomic Fire Records! Markus Wosgien and Flori Milz are not only label reps but friends and know our vision for the future of the band! We recorded in New York/Texas/Michigan, and mixed in New Jersey by Bruno Ravel [DANGER DANGER] who produced the comeback »Immortal Soul« and mastered in Germany by Bart Gabriel. Look for the new release in early 2024 as we just finished it as we speak and it will be another crusher!".

Atomic Fire Records A&R Markus Wosgien raves: "We're incredibly proud to re-unite with RIOT (V)! After parts of our team had been working on their »Armor Of Light« campaign, we're even happier that the band have decide to continue their path with the same crew. RIOT (V) are definitely one of the greats and only get better with age, although they've released so many true classics throughout their long-time career, starting in 1976, my year of birth. It's a special magic connecting Donnie, Mike, Todd, Frank and Nick that actually makes every new record a milestone of the group's history, and in my opinion, they're one of the very best heavy metal acts of all time which is set to deliver yet another excellent opus with their upcoming album".

With the mighty Atomic Fire Records behind the band and with many more releases to come, and with reissues on Sony Music, EMI Records and Metal Blade Records, RIOT (V) are consistantly on radio and metal charts worldwide as well as being a part of 'New York City's Top 20 Most Influential Metal Bands,' '100 Best Metal Albums Of All Time,' '100 Best Metal Bands Of All Time' and numerous mentions on VH1's »That Metal Show« with Eddie Trunk and staff sighting RIOT as one of the innovaters of metal music in America and beyond and 2018 saw RIOT inducted into the »Metal Hall Of Fame« with the likes of Ronnie James Dio, Randy Rhoads, Lemmy Kilmister, BLACK SABBATH just to name a few!

RIOT (V) truely are metal soldiers and will keep marching and fighting the good fight to bring you the music you've come to know, love and expect... ARE YOU READY TO RIOT?

RIOT (V) live:

28.09.2023 US Madison, WI - Blades of Steel Metalfest 3 @ Crucible [TICKETS]
29.09.2023 US Lombard, IL - Brauer House [TICKETS]
14.10.2023 US Garden Grove, CA - Gates of Metal @ Garden Amphitheatre [TICKETS]

RIOT (V) are:
Todd Michael Hall | vocals
Mike Flyntz | guitars
Nick Lee | guitars
Don Van Stavern | bass
Frank Gilchriest | drums

RIOT (V) online:



Mike Milan Dedic has released a new song. "Over The Top" was recorded in 1986, on a Fostex 80 Open Reel 8 Track. Apart from Dedic, who plays all guitar and bass parts, the song features the drummer of Rick Smith.

This brilliant instrumental track was released on May 3rd, 2023. You can enjoy the video of the song right below!

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For three decades, singer Wade Black has triumphed and stayed metal recording and touring internationally in bands such as Crimson Glory, Leatherwolf, Seven Witches, Leash Law, and Chalice of Sin. Now, Wade Black is ready to celebrate 25 years of the monster Crimson Glory album "Astronomica" with a new album of original material.

Members of Astronomica:

Rich Marks - lead guitar

Kyle Sokol - bass

Ryan Bales -rhythm guitar

Luca Caracciolo - drums

Astronomica's new album will be produced by the master of metal, Chris Boltendahl (Grave Digger, Chris Boltendahl's Steelhammer) for a release in 2024. Join Astronomica in March as the band blasts off with their show at the mighty Up The Hammers Festival on March 7th, 8th and 9th, 2024 in Athens, Greece!


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The Obsessed are set to release their new album in February 2024. Their European tour starts soon.

Iconic US doom and heavy metal veterans THE OBSESSED announce a February 16th, 2024 date for the anticipated release of their fifth studio full-length "Gilded Sorrow" on Ripple Music. The band is ready to embark on a month-long European tour this month, including appearances at Desertfest, Keep It Low, Up In Smoke and Demons Gate festivals.

Scott “Wino” Weinrich is a living legend. In a way, he is the American version of Lemmy and shares many traits with the late, much-beloved metal icon. He’s always been a rebel, loner and an outsider in an outsider scene, pursuing his music without regard for popularity or acceptance. In the process, he came to be considered one of the early pioneers of American doom. All of this began when he founded THE OBSESSED back in the 70s, then pursued through his many other outfits such as Saint Vitus or Spirit Caravan. As a key part of the 80s Washington/Maryland music scene, his music earned the respect of metal, punk and crossover fans alike while often being dubbed doom metal. Looking back, it was just gritty, street-wise American metal with a cynical bent and psychedelic flair, and this is what made him the unique and timeless heavy music icon he is today.

Now THE OBSESSED comes roaring back with their most rocking album of all time "Gilded Sorrow", to be released on February 16th, 2024 through independent Californian label Ripple Music. Expanded to a 4-piece with the addition of Jason Taylor on guitar, the music is more aggressive, straightforward and downright mean than ever before. Wino comments: "Adding Jason Taylor as second guitarist was one of the best decisions I've made because he's a virtuoso guitar player and I must say he contributed quite a bit of good stuff to this record." About the new album, he adds: "I think it's the heaviest thing I've ever done. Heavy in a sense as not just sludge heavy, but well-rounded. And it sounds fantastic. Everything I do with Frank Marchand gets better and better. He knows what the fuck he's doing."

"Gilded Sorrow" will be available in various limited vinyl editions, classic vinyl, CD and digital, with US preorders already available at this location. Stay tuned as the first single will be revealed soon!

THE OBSESSED Fall European tour 2023:
- Tickets available at this location -
28.09 - Mannheim (DE) 7er Club
29.09 - Pratteln (CH) Up In Smoke Festival
30.09 - Athens (GR) Demons Gate Festival
03.10 - London (UK) The Underworld
04.10 - Manchester (UK) Rebellion
05.10 - Bristol (UK) The Exchange
07.10 - Munich (DE) Keep It Low Festival
08.10 - Berlin (DE) SO36**
09.10 - Essen (BE) Turock**
11.10 - Linköping (SE) The Crypt**
12.10 - Stockholm (SE) Slaktkyrkan**
14.10 - Helsinki (FIN) Kuudes Linja (first show)**
15.10 - Helsinki (FIN) Kuudes Linja (second show)**
16.10 - Tallin (EST) Paavli Kultuutivabrik
18.10 - Warsaw (PL) Hydrozagadka
19.10 - Krakow (PL) Zascianek
21.10 - Siegen (DE) Vortex
22.10 - Antwerp (BE) Desertfest Belgium**
**with EyeHateGod

Scott "Wino" Weinrich – lead guitar, lead vocals 
Brian Costantino – drums, backing vocals 
Chris Angleberger – bass 
Jason Taylor – rhythm guitar