Riotgod is a new band formed by Monster Magnet’s Bob Pantella & Jim Baglino. I have enjoyed quite a few of Monster Magnet’s tunes over the year, so I must say that I was curious to see what Riotgod had to offer.
Riotgod’s debut is an excellent piece of revival rock that taps into the classic sounds of Led Zeppelin, & the heavy rock of Soundgarden. It seems like it would be an odd mix of sounds but Riotgod makes it work. There aren’t any bands on the scene today that sound like Riotgod, and that is a cool thing indeed.
Bob Pantell & Jim Baglino found one talented singer in Mark Sunshine. To my ears, Mark Sunshine is a great find. He is a very versatile singer who can sing and scream with the best of them. Together with guitarist Garrett Sweeny, Riotgod has crafted some hard driving tunes that have really taken me by surprise.
I expected this band to be nothing more than a side project for Pantella & Baglino, and what I found is a band that could be New Jersey’s finest hard rock export since Skid Row.
If you want to hear an outstanding hard rock band with some refreshingly different tunes, give Riotgod a chance. I think you will like them!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Light of the Sun
3. The Time is now
5. 9th Life
7. Collapsing Stars
9. Drone Station
10. Love it or Leave it
12. Sweet Kaos
13. High Time
14. Grand Design
16. Minds Eye*
*Bonus tracks on digipak only.*
Bob Pantella – Drums : Monster Magnet, (current) Cycle of Pain, (current) Atomic Bitchwax, (current) Raging Slab (1989-1991)
Jim Baglino – Bass :Monster Magnet (current) Ribeye Bros, Lord Sterling, Human Remains, Dead Guy
Garrett Sweeny – Guitar: Psycho Daisy
Mark Sunshine – Vocals