A metal masterpiece, a no-nonsense approach to rock 'n' roll.
Mastered by Kevin Gray and pressed at Quality Record Pressings.
Brilliant and innovative, Fire Down Under is the third album by Riot. One of the hardest metal bands done by an American band in the early '80s before it went big hair or thrash. The 1981 release finds the band at the peak of their melodic, riff-heavy and hard rock pioneering power. Every song is like a greatest hits album, fast, catchy, with soaring guitars and great vocals. The combination of Mark Reale's Les Paul with Rick Ventura's bright-sounding Strat makes terrific use of the difference in sound between the two instruments. Pure early 1980s raunch, just nasty sounding stuff - gloriously thick, tight and exciting. The playing is flawlessly crisp, which it needs to be at these speeds. Any band can play loud, but few can really be powerful. Many bands can play fast, but few have this kind of energy.
Guy Speranza's vocals are absolutely amazing, full of soul and emotion, a great vehicle for his vocal pyrotechnics. Standouts include the driving opening song "Swoards and Tequila," the breakneck, breathless riff of the title track, the brilliant "Outlaw" - one of the best hard rock songs ever written - the catchy, melodic riff of "Feel The Same" and the mighty "Altar Of The King."
Fire Down Under is one of the most revered metal albums ever. A true metal classic.
|1. Swords And Tequila|
|2. Fire Down Under|
|3. Feel The Same|
|5. Don't Bring Me Down|
|6. Don't Hold Back|
|7. Altar Of The King|
|8. No Lies|
|9. Run For Your Life|
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