Riot
Narita


3.5
great

Review

by Sabrutin USER (36 Reviews)
September 6th, 2014 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Getting louder

Thanks to DJ Neal Kays' publicity for Rock City, which ended up being imported vastly in the UK, Riot were called back in the studio to finish their second creation, Narita, published in 1979. Anyway, things weren't easy. The band was touring with AC/DC, and Capitol Records wanted them to go for a more commercial sound. Obviously enough, founder guitarist Mark Reale had different plans and kept leading the band how he pleased. The result is history: unknown to masses, influential to music.

Narita presents itself as a louder version of Rock City. The riffing is tasty, the solos are faster and longer, and the drumming is more aggressive. Last time on Rock City, Riot managed to be precursors of power metal with their "Warrior". This time, Riot wanted to dig that sound further: Narita in fact reaches at times an enviable intensity and speed in its playing. This was probably caused by a change in the band's line-up. Ex guitarist L.A. Kouravis was replaced with Rick Ventura, which performed a heavier playing and therefore made the new Reale-Ventura couple sound heavier than the Reale-Kouvaris one. Fun fact: the band was now composed of Italo-Americans members only.

The most memorable moments of Narita are without a doubt the titletrack and "Hot For Love". The first is an instrumental track that features the faster and more melodic riffing of the entire work, accompanied by a strong rhythm section and fast soloing. Listen after listen, the listener will be constantly surprised by how intense and insanely catchy the titletrack sounds. The other important moment is found in the before mentioned "Hot For Love". What at first seems another common party song changes direction towards the end, pressing the accelerator for a surprising conclusion: as the soloing goes faster, so are the fake orgasms over it. The result is another intense moment that will leave the unaware listener silent during the first listen.

The problem with Narita, however, ironically lies in its strong points. The overall less melodic sound, combined with the higher presence of party/love lyrics, makes the album feel not as fresh as Rock City was. Singer Guy Speranza doesn't provide as much hooks as he used to, and the listener may grow tired faster. Therefore, Narita sounds less consistent than Rock City. Sure, the Reale-Ventura couple rocks, but songs like "Here We Come Again", "Do It Up" or "White Rock" are the best sum of the aforementioned issues. The best of these tracks is probably "Kick Down The Walls", where Speranza shows the kind of hooks that the overall work needed more.

Again, thanks to Steve Loeb, the band would have been soon brought to the studio again to register new music. Sadly, the grudge between Capitol Records and Riot was not over and would have reached the climax with the band's third studio effort: Fire Down Under.



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Sabrutin
September 6th 2014


4555 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Do yourself a favor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvZ5yyLF4sk

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KILL
September 6th 2014


80846 Comments


fuck yes their 2nd best cover, gonna shit myself on the next 1

Sabrutin
September 6th 2014


4555 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This one has also a kind of Vietnam feel that is enhanced by the first track's mood.

Friday13th
September 6th 2014


6094 Comments


lol this band's early album covers are unbelievably bad. Thundersteel rules, obviously :D

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2014


7605 Comments


Good review, pos.

I have yet to check out Riot's first period.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2014


10586 Comments


Nice man, have a pos. Will you do Fire Down Under next?

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Sabrutin
September 7th 2014


4555 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Voivod: Do it in honor of both Speranza and Reale! On a side note, 'speranza' means 'hope' and 'reale' means 'real', so it's kind of cool.



@manosg: Of course I will! I'll probably take a rest from Riot after that, but I may continue in the future since I like to review overlooked stuff.

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2014


8449 Comments


Swords & Tequila what a jam, Fire Down Under is some glorious shit

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MrSirLordGentleman
October 6th 2014


10943 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The covers of their albums are what make me interested in finally checking these guys more than the fact of their musical quality

MrSirLordGentleman
October 17th 2014


10943 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hot for Love is so, so, so, SO GOOD

Sabrutin
October 17th 2014


4555 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Them riffs in the title track too.

MrSirLordGentleman
March 18th 2016


10943 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Road Racin' is awesome

Sabrutin
March 18th 2016


4555 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The material with Speranza is so much fun.

Oswaldo88
April 24th 2016


34 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Worst mascot of all time.

MrSirLordGentleman
April 24th 2016


10943 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wtf dude it rules haha



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