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Thundersteel cover.jpg
Studio album by Riot
Released March 24, 1988
Recorded January 1988 at Greene St. Recording, New York City
Genre Heavy metal, speed metal, power metal
Length 46:06
Label CBS
Epic (Europe)
Producer Steve Loeb, Rod Hui, Mark Reale
Riot chronology
Born in America
Riot Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock 5/10 stars[2]
The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 7/10[3]

Thundersteel is the sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Riot, released after coming back from a period of inactivity in the mid-80s.[4] It features a totally different line-up from that of the previous work, with only Reale left as stable member.

It was re-issued in 2003 by Collectables Records with slightly amended artwork and re-issued on 180g vinyl as a 2-LP set with The Privilege of Power by SPV on February 25, 2013.[5] The album originally charted at No. 150 on Billboard 200[6]

The song "Thundersteel" was originally written by Mark Reale and Don Van Stavern for Narita, a short-lived project Reale formed with members of S.A.Slayer following the demise of Riot in 1984. A demo released by Narita exists, with "Thundersteel" and two other tracks: "Liar" and "The Feeling Is Gone". The song's cover appears as a bonus track on 2013 album "Possession" by the Polish heavy metal band Crystal Viper.

The song "Flight of the Warrior" was covered by the Swedish heavy metal band HammerFall on their 2008 album Masterpieces. A cover of "Flight of the Warrior" also appears as a bonus track on the 2013 album Beneath the Surface by German metal band Alpha Tiger who've performed the song live as well.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Thundersteel" Reale, Van Stavern 3:49
2. "Fight or Fall" Van Stavern 4:25
3. "Sign of the Crimson Storm" Reale 4:40
4. "Flight of the Warrior" Moore, Reale, Van Stavern 4:17
5. "On Wings of Eagles" Moore, Reale, Van Stavern 5:41
6. "Johnny's Back" Moore, Reale, Van Stavern 5:32
7. "Bloodstreets" Moore, Reale 4:39
8. "Run for Your Life" Moore, Reale, Van Stavern 4:08
9. "Buried Alive (Tell Tale Heart)" Moore, Reale, Van Stavern, Jarzombek, Bob Held, Steve Loeb 8:55
Total length: 46:06


Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Mark Edwards (Steeler, Third Stage Alert, Lion) – drums on tracks 2, 3, 5 & 7.


  • Steve Loeb – producer
  • Rod Hui – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Nick Sansano – engineer
  • Chris Shaw, Matt Tritto – assistant engineers
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering


  1. ^ O'Neill, Brian. "Riot Thundersteel review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  2. ^ Barton, Geoff (February 2010). "Riot - Thundersteel/The Privilege of Power". Classic Rock. No. 141. p. 93. 
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 289. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  4. ^ "Riot – Thundersteel". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  5. ^ "SPV launch an exciting new series of catalogue vinyl releases". 
  6. ^ "Thundersteel – Riot". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-16.