So, you know when you were a kid and half the albums you bought, it was because the cover was excellent? Well, I stayed clear of a few bands for the exact opposite reason...case in point – US band Riot. I fucken hated the... actually, I don't know what it was...some kind of baby seal head on a human body. Baby seal head? What the fuck? As a kid, compared to Iron Maiden's Eddie, it was not very inspiring. Their third album 'Fire Down Under' was the one I first saw as a kid, but they carried the theme through for the first four albums. Anyway, what can I say? I was a dick – these albums are magic, I've recently discovered. I'd say the early stuff was a kind of link between bands like Kiss and Starz and the better elements of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. It has an aggressive overtone, but played with panache and hooks all over the place with a few nice harmonised guitar parts. Stand out track – Gypsy Queen – that shit's got melody coming out it's arse! And you know what? I kind of like the covers now.