Riot V Article

04.08.2018 Riot V

Wacken Open Air XXIX

Wacken (Germany)

(Pentax K-5 with Sigma AF 70-200mm 2.8 EX DC APO HSM II)

One of the pioneers of American power metal should be today’s starter on the Louder Stage. Riot V was founded already in 1976 and was over numerous redeployments as well as some disunions and reunions. After the last large redeployment on vocals the name of the band was changed to Riot V (before that the band was simply called Riot).
The background of the stage was formed by the album cover of the latest album “Armor Of The Light” as well as a banner showing the band members drawn in a kind of comic style. Of that album astonishingly only two songs were played (“Angel’s Thunder, Devil’s Reign” as well as “Victory”). The rest of the set was mainly formed by the 1988 album “Thundersteel” but also several other tracks out of their long band history were given. Despite the early time many people gathered in front of the stage experiencing rock solid power metal that was presented very well and enthusiastically by singer Todd Michael Hall. Also the other band members tried to heat up the atmosphere of the audience what was quite successful. Only guitarist Mike Flyntz is already on it for a longer time (since 1989) and bassist Don Van Stavern (with one longer pause) whereas the other band members are with them for maximum 5 years.
Overall, a lively opening of the last festival day which was no revelation from music point of view but basically was a lot of fun. Especially the album artwork at best Manowar style but where the faces were replaced by seals heads were standing out and had a high cuteness factor. Started into the day that relaxed, I am looking forward how it will continue.


  • Thundersteel
  • Fight Or Fall
  • Sign Of The Crimson Storm
  • Flight Of The Warrior
  • Johnny’s Back
  • Bloodstreets
  • Take Me Back
  • Victory
  • Angel Eyes
  • Angel’s Thunder, Devil’s Reign
  • Swords And Tequila
  • Road Racin’
  • Warrior