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Riot nightbreaker.jpg
Original Japanese edition cover
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 22, 1993
RecordedGreene St. Recording, New York City, 1992-1993
GenreHeavy metal, speed metal
LabelSony Music Japan
Combat Pay Music
Rising Sun Productions/SPV
ProducerMark Reale, Steve Loeb
Riot chronology
Riot in Japan – Live!!
The Brethren of the Long House
European edition cover
Nightbreaker cover.jpg
1999 US edition cover
Riot nightbreaker US.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[2]
No Life 'til Metal(favorable)[3]

Nightbreaker is the eighth studio album by the American heavy metal band Riot. It was the band's first with vocalist Mike DiMeo, as well as the studio debut of guitarist Mike Flyntz and bassist Pete Perez.

The album was released in Japan by Sony Music in 1993, in Europe by Rising Sun Productions in 1994, and finally re-issued in the United States by Metal Blade Records in 1999, all with different cover artwork. A very limited run of CDs, bearing the Combat Pay Music label and utilizing the Japanese artwork, was also produced in 1993 by the band's management.[4]

"Burn" is a cover of the title track of Deep Purple's album of 1974; "A Whiter Shade of Pale" is a cover Procol Harum's hit single of 1967; "Outlaw" is a re-recorded song from Riot's 1981 album Fire Down Under.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Soldier" (Mark Reale) - 4:54
  2. "Destiny" (Mike DiMeo, Mike Flyntz) - 4:42
  3. "Burn" (David Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice) - 6:01 (Deep Purple cover)
  4. "In Your Eyes" (DiMeo, Reale) - 4:34
  5. "Nightbreaker" (Reale) - 4:12
  6. "Medicine Man" (Reale)- 5:36
  7. "Silent Scream" (DiMeo, Reale, Flyntz) - 5:07
  8. "Magic Maker" (Reale) - 5:10
  9. "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (Keith Reid, Gary Brooker) - 4:59 (Procol Harum cover)
  10. "Babylon" (DiMeo, Reale) - 5:05
  11. "Outlaw" (Reale, Guy Speranza) - 6:14

Japanese edition bonus track[edit]

  1. "Black Mountain Woman" (Reale) - 5:07

1999 US edition bonus track[edit]

  1. "Faded Hero" (Reale) - 5:32


  • On the European Rising Sun Prod. pressing "A Whiter Shade of Pale" is replaced with "I'm on the Run" - 4:56


Band members[edit]


  • Steve Loeb - producer, executive producer
  • Rod Hui - engineer, mixing


  1. ^ Boldman, Gina. "Riot Nightbreaker review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 366. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  3. ^ Waters, Scott. "CD Gallery - Riot". No Life 'til Metal. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  4. ^ "Riot - Nightbreaker". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2012-01-11.