- Released: September 7, 1999
- Label: Metal Blade
- 1.Snake Charmer
- 2.On the Wings of Life
- 3.Sons of Society
- 4.Twist of Fate
- 5.Bad Machine
- 6.Cover Me
- 7.Dragon Fire
- 8.The Law
- 9.Time to Bleed
Riot: Mike Dimeo (vocals, Hammond organ, keyboards); Mark Reale (acoustic &
electric gutars, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Mike Flyntz (electric guitar); Pete Perez (bass); Bobby Jarzombek (drums).
Additional personnel: Frank Carillo (sitar, tamboura); Tony Harnell, Burt Carey (background vocals).
Recorded at Millbrook Studio, Millbrook, New York.
Personnel: Mike DiMeo (vocals, keyboards, background vocals); Mark Reale (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Mike Flyntz (electric guitar); Frank Carillo (sitar, tamboura); Pete Perez (bass guitar); Bobby Jarzombek (drums); Burt Carey, Tony Harnell (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Paul Orofino.
Recording information: Millbrook Sound Studios, Millbr.
Illustrator: Eric Philippe.
Photographers: Veronica Hudak; Eddie Malluk; Mark Reale.
Sons of Society continues Riot's move into a more European metal sound, strongly reminiscent of Rainbow and Thin Lizzy and tailored for the preferences of the Japanese market. It's a solid if unexceptional record, with all the well-executed craft of seasoned veterans and the rather conservative predictability of journeymen. Still, for most Riot fans, the former will far outweigh the latter. ~ Steve Huey