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Riot - ThunderSteel



8.8 | 209 votes |
Release date: 24 March 1988
Style: Heavy metal, Hard rock

Owners:

204 have it
23 want it


01. Thundersteel
02. Fight Or Fall
03. Sign Of The Crimson Storm
04. Flight Of The Warrior
05. On Wings Of Eagles
06. Johnny's Back
07. Bloodstreets
08. Run For Your Life
09. Buried Alive

Top 20 albums of 1988: 6
Top 200 albums of all time: 145

Line-up
Tony Moore - vocals
Mark Reale - guitars
Robert "Bobby" Jarzombek - drums
Mark Edwards - drums
Don Van Stavern - bass

Additional info
"Run For Your Life" has nothing to do with the song of the same name on Fire Down Under.

Reissued via IronBird Records on November 17th 2009.
Remastered with The Privilege Of Power on 2 CD's.

Guest review by
AndyMetalFreak
Rating:
9.0
ThunderSteel is often described as Riot's best album, which to me comes as no surprise. Admittedly, Riot were a late discovery for me, after years of listening to the mighty Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest, but I'm glad I eventually did, and in particular ThunderSteel.

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published 01.12.2021 | Comments (2)

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04.06.2010 - 06:03
Clintagräm
Shrinebuilder
Faster, faster, faster!
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The force will be with you, always.
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19.07.2011 - 01:49
ArmoredSaint456
Account deleted
Good album. Vocalist gets annoying at some points, but overally, quality heavy metal.
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27.01.2012 - 06:50
Rating: 8
Haiwaan Das

I'm deeply saddened by the death of Mark Reale. He was a gifted songwriter, great musician and a great Heavy Metal Guy.

Thundersteel is one of their finest work. A great Heavy Metal Album of this generation and many generation to come.
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27.01.2012 - 06:51
Rating: 8
Haiwaan Das

A streak of lightning is shooting through the air
Electric sun lights the sky
His face is frightening, so evil ones beware
Men of disaster hear his cry

And now at last we know he's real
The power of his sword we feel
Thundersteel Thundersteel

The earth it rumbles, death is in the air
The city crumbles, death is everywhere
And from the burning sky we see the soldier fly
He mounts his horse of steel and now he rides

And now at last we know he's real
The power of his word we feel
Thundersteel Thundersteel

A streak of lightning is shooting through the air
Electric sun lights the sky
His face is frightening, so evil ones beware
Men of disaster hexar his cry

And now at last we know he's real
The power of his sword we feel
Thundersteel Thundersteel Thundersteel
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18.01.2013 - 15:35
Rating: 9
Mountain King
K i K o
Written by Yaniv on 15.11.2012 at 00:05

Classic album by great band, a loop cd, this album redefine the elements of speed metal, the vocals are not annoying at all.
The title track is a great and memorable song, also Bloodstreet and Run for your Life.

The vocals are totally great. Fight or Fall, Thundersteel, Bloodstreets etc...
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10.09.2013 - 19:53
Rating: 10
nicaZe
Savatage
Bloodstreets...fuckin' epic song
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05.06.2016 - 20:39
Rating: 10
True classic right here, sadly a bit forgotten as well. Thundersteel is a varied album that delivers gem after gem and showcases one of the best reunions throughout the metal history. No need to choose any highlights since everything on this record is awesome. All killers no fillers!

And now at last we know he's real, The power of his sword we feel... Thundersteel! THUNDERSTEEEEL!!!!
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And what do you call assassins who accuse assassins anyway, my friend?
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17.12.2017 - 14:18
Rating: 7
Antares8001

Great album, but I kinda wanna punch whoever produced and mixed this in the temple. I mean holy shit the production on this is quite possibly the most poorly mixed, unnecessarily over the top and most annoying piece of crap I've ever heard. I actually have a hard time listening to this otherwise great album. It's always a shame when the production ruins great music.
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20.03.2019 - 23:22
Rating: 8
Redel

Very good old-school Heavy stuff.
I agree, hard to pick standout tracks, basically all decent, no filler.
And yes, vocals tend to annoy slightly at times, but really rarely.
A 7.6 from me.
Dont know what is supposed to be so wrong with the production here, at least on the copy that I spun.
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13.09.2019 - 13:53
Rating: 10
Metal Rambo

The finest piece of speed metal awesomeness ever. Thundersteel isn't technically the most well produced album ever, but it sure delivers the goods nonetheless. I don't think there's one single quarter-second of anything other than pure and timeless metal bliss. Masterpiece.
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You've got a lot of guts. Let's see what they look like!
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27.04.2020 - 16:17
Rating: 9
JoHn DoE

Listening now after really long time, forgot how good this album was.
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I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
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07.07.2021 - 17:08
Rating: 9
WizardSlayer99

Fun speed metal album.
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06.05.2022 - 13:28
Rating: 10
Metal Dane

Amazing album loaded with awesome songs! There is just a cascade of great riffs and amazing solos all over. High tempo songs combined with beautiful slow paced songs makes this a real masterpiece!
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14.06.2022 - 23:27
Rating: 8
Jope Steele
Steelmeister
Just randomly thought to pick an album that I haven't commented on from the top200. And this was it, I have given this album a few listens in the past and it hasn't quite lived up to the standards it's receiving, for me. The title track, of course, is freaking legendary; if they had copy pasted that and changed a little bits for each song it would have been a total master-fuckin'-piece.

I prefer the faster songs here; Thunder Steel, Flight Of The Warrior, Johnny's Back and Run For Your Life. It's like Megadeth when they were on substances, they were playing fast, breaking boundaries of metal; I might drop a shoutout to Maco and his signature of Crackhead Megadave reigning supreme.

One of the classics but I do feel it is somewhat overrated. If we look at some of the other speed metal classics, this one does seem like a little bit forgettable album overall; it does have good songs and some not total classic ones. I do get the high rating though.
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A Call for New 'Revolutionaries' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8HwtRAvalo
A Call for Parallel Institutions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=]Vw3tUXdLu2Y
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