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Hailing from Chicago, RIVAL has kept the same line up since it started in 1990. Their style of thrash, power metal was influenced by each members favorite bands. In late 1991, the band entered the studio and emerged with a 5 song EP. As the 90's were ending, RIVAL entered the studio once again to record a full lenght recording. This 9 song release titled "Modern World" caught the attention of rock fanzines overseas. One song titled "Death Stalker" appeared on the Rock Hard Mag "Best of the unsigned bands" issue and soon agreed to a distribution deal with Hellion. Records in Germany. They were then asked to perform for the prestigious "Bang Your Head" and "Headbangers Open Air" festivals. After returning home, they signed a deal with Metal Blade Germany and produced a disc titled "State Of Mind"
RIVAL is currently writing, recording, and performing on a regular basis.