Riot V are back with their first album since 2014’s Unleash the Fire. Keeping with a faithful heavy metal sound, the band have made a solid album called Armor of Light. A good album with one major flaw.
Fans of old school heavy metal and power metal will find a lot to like in Armor of Light. The band’s riffs and lead guitar from Mike Flyntz and Nick Lee have everything the fans would want and are definitely the highlight of the record. There is also some excellent vocals from Todd Michael Hall. His voice comes across quite powerful and resembles the Michael Kiske of ’80s Helloween.
If Riot V came from central Europe, I would say that the songs were pretty stereotypical heavy metal. There is a lot of similarity to others bands and a lot of familiar rhythms and beats. But it is all utilised very well and is very easy to get into. It is certainly an enjoyable album, even if it’s a little unoriginal.
The biggest drawback that Armor of Light has is the album mastering. This album has absolutely no dynamics and has been cranked up way too loud. It is quite brutal sonically and not very pleasant on the ears. Within the first few seconds I heard a lot of audible distortion and its quite a shame. This would have been a fine sounding album had it not been for the loudness.
Much like a lot of albums these days, the loudness takes what would be a highly enjoyable album and just shits all over it. Fans of the band should definitely pick it up, just don’t go into it expecting a smooth listen.
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Track Listing :
- End of the World
- Angel's Thunder, Devil's Reign
- Burn the Daylight
- Heart of a Lion
- Armor of Light
- Set the World Alight
- San Antonio
- Caught in the Witches Eye
- Ready to Shine
- Raining Fire