The Rome, Italy Hellriders started delivering true metal in 2005 and issued a demo called First Gig: Blood. A search for a permanent dedicated singer yielded no fruit obligating Ricchard to hold on to his microphone duties. This was followed by Hello Motherfucker. The group was awarded a chance to open for Uli Jin Roth. The Hammer Nation album full-length came in 2010. Two years later the band and label issued a Strike Live EP.
HAMMER - STRIKE LIVE - LA RIOT SURVIVOR
What is most fun about this disc is the aesthetics surrounding it. The disc (CD) looks like a record (vinyl). The name of the label is a 'riot.' The album is as hard to find as anything on the scene. Musically, the singer sounds like Mickey Mouse after a few puffs and high on Jolt. The mid-song live banter is in Italian, but the lyrics are in English. My favourite? The soon-to-be-classic: One Is A Bitch, One Is A Witch. The music is like a subpar jam, but with a title like that structure is strictly secondary. Speaking of music think Venom-meets- Jetboy. Yes, Venom meets Jetboy. At one point mid-album the guitarist solos non-stop for two minutes. This band is crazed, but not necessarily crazy, so for some excessive heavy metal find this EP somewhere (good luck with that incidentally). - Anna Tergel