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Riot -The Privilege Of Power dlp


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Double album with gatefold cover and poster booklet. Limited 500 copies

Like Queensryche’s 1988 prog metal masterpiece Operation: Mindcrime, Riot’s Privilege of Power works off of fear, paranoia, and conspiracy, employing ten complex tracks that work as a single unit. Where Mindcrime stuck to a straight narrative, working every Pink Floyd-ism it could into its disillusioned protagonist, Power takes a broader, less specific approach to its subject. The atmospheric snippets that tuck-point each song into place help maintain a general air of unease, eventually giving way to an ambiguous but entertaining revolution that lacks Queensryche’s self-importance. Lyrically, the group does little to deviate from obvious metaphor and Viking simplicity — in metalspeak something as mundane as an airplane ride (Metal Soldiers) is described by shouting We climb aboard the eagle made of steel followed by a four-octave scream — but true blue fans of heavy metal know the genre’s scholarly limitations, and revel in its face-value descriptions of rebellion and honor. The bizarre use of a horn section (keyboards?) on tracks like On Your Knees and Killer should have been left out but a track like Black Leather And Glittering Steel should help you get your daily adrenaline rush. Guest vocals on Killer by Joe Lynn Turner.

Track listing:
1. On Your Knees
2. Metal Soldiers
3. Runaway
4. Killer
5. Dance Of Death
6. Storming The Gates Of Hell
7. Maryanne
8. Little Miss Death
9. Black Leather And Glittering Steel
10. Racing With The Devil On A Spanish Highway-Al DiMeola cover

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Metal Blade Records

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