Riot - Fire Down Under


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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
4. Outlaw
5. Don't Bring Me Down
6. Don't Hold Back
7. Altar Of The King
8. No Lies
9. Run For Your Life
10. Flashbacks

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

a fun surprise

posted on 11/10/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: bill berndt
I purchased this lp new in '81. Was at the record store when they put it on. Have the same copy I purchased that day. When I saw this was being given the QRP treatment I got really excited. I really like what I have been hearing from my QRP lps in terms of new levels of low surface noise and pressing quality control. This Riot album is as they say one of the best hard rock metal crossover albums from the early 80's. The Kevin Grey remastering corrects the painful out of phase issues of the original. He also teases some of the compression effects out, albiet he was certainly limited by what he was working with. The bass goes really low on the reissue. I can now hear the bass lines on the songs, they are no longer hidden in the mix. A wonderful reissue, I heartily endorse and suggest.

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