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5.0 out of 5 stars An album to drink by!
Listen to me: all these reviews can't be wrong! This is truly a vicious album, every tune ripping holes in the wall. Swords and Tequila, Outlaw, Altar of the King, etc, etc, etc. Why didn't this band get more support? In my opinion this album is better than anything Metallica will EVER put out. Metallica wishes they played like this! If you're stranded on a desert...
Published on Dec 1 1999 by merch11

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but no masterpiece
"Fire down under" from 1981 is often regarded as Riot's finest. I'm sorry to say, but I don't quite agree, I think both "Rock city" (1977) and "Restless breed" (1982) are slightly better. But that doesn't mean that "Fire down under" is no good. Songs as the opening rocker "Swords & tequila" and the furious title track "Fire down under", together with the catchy...
Published on May 15 2003 by L. B. Ivarsson


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5.0 out of 5 stars An album to drink by!, Dec 1 1999
This review is from: Fire Down Under (Audio CD)
Listen to me: all these reviews can't be wrong! This is truly a vicious album, every tune ripping holes in the wall. Swords and Tequila, Outlaw, Altar of the King, etc, etc, etc. Why didn't this band get more support? In my opinion this album is better than anything Metallica will EVER put out. Metallica wishes they played like this! If you're stranded on a desert island and can only bring 6 albums bring Van Halen I, Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Appetite for Destruction, Black Tiger by Y&T, and this incredible album. Riot is the greatest band no one's ever heard of. BUY THIS ALBUM!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly classic slab of METAL!, July 1 1999
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This review is from: Fire Down Under (Audio CD)
I was lucky enough to find a copy of the promo LP about fifteen years after the original release."Outlaw" is one of the greatest songs in all of heavy metal.These guys should've been as big as Iron Maiden.If you hate "hair metal" and "power ballads",you can't go wrong with this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are into metal, you need to have this, March 28 1999
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One of the best albums I've ever heard. These guys really took the genre to a new level, and really defined the sound that was to come in the 80s. I bought this album when it first came out, and I am glad to see it on CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Metal CD, March 28 1999
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Riot's "Fire Down Under" is the ultimate metal CD. Every song is killer. I've listened to it a zillion times since 81 and it never gets old. These guys deserve a spot in the Metal Hall of Fame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have CD, March 15 1999
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I used to start my college radio show with "Swords and Tequila" every week. Thank God Metal Blade brought this out on CD cuz by vinyl was getting worn out....and with this being out of print...impossible to find. This album is classic and a must have for any metalheads out there. Never been an album made like this & probably never will be. It will never leave my CD changer. THANK YOU METAL BLADE
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5.0 out of 5 stars harddriving rock from one of New Yorks most underrated band, Feb. 17 1999
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Riot's release of Fire Down Under marks the bands best effort in my opinion. Mark Reale and Rick Ventura's tight guitar tradeoffs, combined with Guy Sperenza's soaring vocals make this one of the best hard rock releases of the 80's. A must have for any hard rock collector.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reminder of what hard rock used to be, May 21 2004
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C. Video "cestuber" (London, KY United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fire Down Under (Audio CD)
I had this album on cassette in high school and absolutely wore it out! Excellent album that I was pleased to see in CD format. Swords and Tequila is an awesome song but be very careful, it makes you drive a little too fast! Solid rock album, very hard, very good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SHEER METAL IMMORTALITY.....TO CARRY YA' THROUGH THE NIGHT!, May 7 2004
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T. Kasuboski (Winneconne, Wisconsin United States) - See all my reviews
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Very rarely does an album immediately(1st listen) blow my mind. When I first heard RIOT-"Fire Down Under" I was younger and a ritualistic pothead. I'll never forget sitting back, stoned, and hearing 'Outlaw' for the first time. 'Outlaw' was only the 4th track on "Fire Down Under", but I already sensed this album(back then I had it on vinyl) would be worn out (from over-playing) within a few months. Luckily for the vinyl, I got the album on cassette(so I could play air-guitar while driving), and eventually CD, so the record was spared. But in all sincerity, if you have never heard Riot, or are considering buying a Riot album, start with "Fire Down Under". With a little green and an open mind, you'll soon be humming every track off this incredible album!!! A true metal classic for the ages...Swords and Tequila, keep on carryin' through the night as a constant reminder of the power of well crafted hard rock...
Luckily, Riot blessed us with many other great albums(despite vocalist changes and the difficulty in getting Riot's 2nd album "Narita" on CD for under $50)and still remain one of my ALL-TIME favorite rock groups in general. If you're a metal/hard rock/stoner rock/fan, DO NOT PASS UP "Fire Down Under"!!! It's mandatory metal and a great musical drug for all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Balls to the wall hard ROCK!, May 31 2003
This review is from: Fire Down Under (Audio CD)
First the testimonial- I have owned the record, the tape, and now the CD. These native New York rockers deserved much success and fame but were denied that, and by their record company (despite fiercely loyal fan base). The liner notes to the CD tell you about the horrible ordeal with making it in the US record biz. Riot eventually opted to move to Japan, where they found not only adulating fans, but the opportunity to record and have a successful career away from record company leaches.
ALL of these songs really rock, have good riffs and guitar work, and have vocals to match. There is a raw driving urgency to them that is unmistakable, and quite uncommon as well.
"Swords and Tequila", "Fire Down Under", "Alter of the King" top the list, but there is nothing bad on this disc.
In my opinion, Fire Down Under is the best of their offerings from the period, but Narita also had a lot to offer. Check "Fire down under" first.
If you are into hard rock bordering on metal this will not disappoint, and will not be the run of the mill 80's stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but no masterpiece, May 15 2003
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L. B. Ivarsson (Rock City) - See all my reviews
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"Fire down under" from 1981 is often regarded as Riot's finest. I'm sorry to say, but I don't quite agree, I think both "Rock city" (1977) and "Restless breed" (1982) are slightly better. But that doesn't mean that "Fire down under" is no good. Songs as the opening rocker "Swords & tequila" and the furious title track "Fire down under", together with the catchy "Outlaw", and the speedy "Run for your life" are all good. The production is rather unpolished and raw with a bit too much treble, but this effort is clearly worth listening to (even if it's not essential), especially if you're into vintage and traditional heavy metal.
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