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Saturday, May 10, 2008

RIOT - The Tyrant Sessions

Tonight, a meeting of Metallic minds which you were never supposed to hear. This is a rare Riot bootleg 7", recorded in 1993. The two tracks here were recorded during demo sessions for the band's "Nightbreaker" album, but finding themselves without a singer, guitarist Mark Reale asked old friend and JAG PANZER/TITAN FORCE vocalist HARRY "The Tyrant" CONKLIN to fill in for the recordings. These tracks show us what might have been had throat problems not forced Conklin out of the band back in 1984 after a shortlived assosciation, leaving the door open for RHETT FORRESTER to rejoin in time for "Born In America"'s recording. The two songs here were rerecorded for the "Nightbreaker" album, with new vocalist Mike DiMeo, but these harder arrangements with Conklin's awesome voice atop are a tantalizing glimpse into a "what if" scenario, that makes you wish that things had worked out differently way back when. A real treat.

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2 Comments:

Blogger roddoliver said...

Conklin was better than DiMeo for this album, no doubt. What a shame...

3:21 PM  
Blogger TOM LEARY SR. said...

FOUND THE SONGS ON YOU TUBE TOO. THANKS FOR THE BOOTLEG REC.

12:27 PM  

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