Origin: Chicago, IL, USA
Genres: Power Metal
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Rival  


A study in perseverance, Rival was formed in 1990 and released a self-financed EP a year later, but waited nine years before putting out a full-length album (also self-financed) and three more years before finally getting a record contract, signing with Metal Blade and releasing State Of Mind in 2004. For fans of classic 80's-inspired American traditional metal, State Of Mind delivers, with very little in the way of modern influences (save an excellent production) but full of biting riffs, solid drumming, and gruff yet forceful vocals. Nothing complicated, but simply a well-executed album.

Current Members

John Johnson

bass/vocals (Sacred Warrior)

Chuck McNulty

guitars

Neven Trivic

guitars

Gary Olson

drums


Discography



(EP) Rival 
1991 self-released
  1. Strangler
  2. V.O.D.
  3. Cry Out
  4. The Last Rebellion
  5. Beast Of The Knight
  • John Johnson
  • Chuck McNulty
  • Neven Trivic
  • Gary Olson




Modern World 
2000 self-released
  1. Modern World
  2. Half Alive
  3. Death Stalker
  4. Tides Of Fate
  5. Evil Within
  6. Euthanasia
  7. In Silence
  8. Out Of Line
  9. The Chosen
  • John Johnson
  • Chuck McNulty
  • Neven Trivic
  • Gary Olson




State Of Mind 
2004 Metal Blade
  1. State Of Mind
  2. Extreme Aggression
  3. Reach
  4. Insane
  5. Tyrant
  6. Brink
  7. Remember You
  8. Lord Of The Knight
  9. Hell Train
  • John Johnson
  • Chuck McNulty
  • Neven Trivic
  • Gary Olson

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 

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