Raven

Fri
20
Feb

RAVEN Set April 22 As 'ExtermiNation' Day

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- New album "ExtermiNation" will be released in April -
- Raven remember Bon Scott with a special song -

RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal - a more intense live band does not exist on this planet!

Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England back in 1974 (yes 41 years ago!) the brothers Gallagher cuut their teeth playing the pubs & clubs until solidifying their line up in 1980 with drummer Rob Hunter.  The trio went on to release three of the most influential metal albums of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) on the Neat records label which in turn inspired every band of that era and beyond.  Basically, without Raven you just would not have thrash/speed metal. after all, the band did give Metallica & Anthrax their first tours! Following a tumultous move to the USA, deals with Atlantic Records, indentured servitude and commercialism, Rob left the band in 1987 to be replaced by drummer extraordinaire Joe Hasselvander, who had made his name in cult doom band Pentagram, Savoy Brown and his own solo projects, adding a new dimension to the band. Rebuilding from the Atlantic experiences, the band capitalized on their fierce live performances steadily releasing albums and touring the world.  In 2001,  guitarist Mark Gallagher was involved in a near fatal accident - but fought his way back from the brink and the band proved they were stronger than ever!  This renewed spirit and attitude was reflected in the title of their 2010 album “Walk Through Fire” and in the career overview DVD “Rock Until You Drop”. In a cynical musical landscape these days, where bands are not “gangs” but corporations...where albums and live shows are click tracked & pro-tooled to death  where a band s line up can change every few months with “hired guns” who float in and out -  RAVEN are almost alone among their peers in that they boast a lineup featuring the same three guys a line up that has been stable for the better parrt of three decades! RAVEN are a band that is real not fake – and proud of it! 

Our “three musketeers” have had an exciting 2014 opening for Metallica (the band Raven took on their first tour back in 1983) in Sao Paulo in front of 70,000 fans, and completeing a 43 date headlining USA tour – not to mention completing their finest album to date "ExtermiNattion” slated for an April 2015 release worldwide on SPV/Steamhammer! This album combines the melody/chaos/musicianship/lunacy that defines the band with songs that are simply the best they have done in decades.  Rivaling the “holy trinity” of those early albums, and again working with the engineering metal mastermind who is Kevin 131 (Walk Through Fire) the band have taken their game to the next level..this may well be their 41st anniversary but these guys are only just getting started!
 


In commemoration of Bon Scott`s death 35 years ago today, RAVEN release a snippet of their new song "Thunder Down Under".

You can listen to the snippet here: https://soundcloud.com/steamhammer-spv/raven-thunder-down-under-snippet

"ExtermiNation" will be released in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.

Tracklisting Digi:

1. Destroy All Monsters
2. Tomorrow
3. It`s Not What You Got
4. Fight
5. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
6. Feeding The Monster
7. Fire Burns Within
8. Scream
9. One More Day
10. Thunder Down Under
11. No Surrender
12. Golden Dawn
13. Silver Bullet
14. River Of No Return
15. Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)

Tracklisting 2LP:

LP 1
Side 1
1. Destroy All Monsters
2. Tomorrow
3. It`s Not What You Got
4. Fight
Side 2
1. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
2. Feeding The Monster
3. Fire Burns Within
4. Scream

LP 2
Side 1
1. One More Day
2. Thunder Down Under
3. No Surrender
4. Golden Dawn
Side 2
1. Silver Bullet
2. River Of No Return
3. Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)

RAVEN live 2015:

06.03. MX-Mexico City - El Circo Volador
07.03. CO-Bogota - Thrash La Union Festival
08.03. CO-Pereira - Thrash La Union Festival
11.03. PE-Lima - Wairuru Club
13.03. BR-Sorocaba - Priliampus Bar
15.03. BR-Sao Paulo - Manifesto Bar
27.03. FI-Helsinki Club Pkrl
28.03. B-Genk Iron Stteel Fest
31.03. D-Hamburg Hafeenklang
01.04. D-Bremen Meiseenfrei
02.04. D-Oberhausen HHelvete
03.04. NL-Helmond Caccaofabriek
04.04. NL-Staadskanal Very Eavy Fest
More dates will be confirmed soon
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Wed
22
Oct

RAVEN Ready To Kill All Parties

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NWOBHM thrash godfathers RAVEN have released the track-listing for their upcoming covers album "Party Killers".  The band is currently running a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, asking for fans' support  to help fund their next studio album "ExtermiNation".  "Party Killers" is available exclusively through the Kickstarter campaign as a reward for backers, and will not be available after the campaign ends on November 28th.  "Party Killers" is available on CD and 12" vinyl.  Other exclusive items including t-shirts, CDs, vinyl, patches, stickers, and more are available only through the Kickstarter campaign.

"Party Killers" track-listing:   

- "Too Bad Too Sad" (Nazareth)
- "Bad Reputation" (Thin Lizzy)
- "Cockroach" (Sweet)
- "Fireball" (Deep Purple)
- "Hang on to Yourself" (David Bowie)
- "He's a Whore" (Cheap Trick)
- "In For the Kill" (Budgie)
- "Is There a Better Way" (Status Quo)
- "Ogre Battle" (Queen)
- "Queen of My Dreams" (Edgar Winter)
- "Tak Me Bak Ome" (Slade)
 
Vocalist and bassist John Gallagher comments on the album: "We were writing for the new album at a cool studio in Richmond, VA, and in the middle of jamming asked the engineer there if we could record a few cover tunes just for the hell of it.  The sounds were so good we decided to do something we'd been threatening for many years: "Party Killers" - a collection of cover tunes guaranteed to deafen yer neighbors!! It's basically a peek into the little red 45rpm singles box we used to have at home...songs and bands that were very influential to us as kids, but given the Raven overhaul! I think it gives a nice insight to our roots and will be an excellent companion to the new album!"
 
RAVEN is currently on tour in the United States with support act NIGHT DEMON.
 
RAVEN “North American Extermination Tour 2014″

Oct 22nd - San Bernardino, CA - Black Flame Collective  
Oct 23rd - Fullerton, CA - Slidebar
Oct 24th - Ventura, CA - Bombay
Oct 25th  - Los Osos, CA - Sweet Springs Lounge
Oct 26th - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp
Oct 27th - San Francisco, CA - The Elbo Room
Oct 28th - Sparks, NV  - The Alley
Oct 29th - Ashland, OR - Club 66
Oct 30th - Portland, OR - Tonic Lounge
Nov 1st - Vancouver, BC  - Media Club
Nov 2nd - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Nov 3rd - Boise, ID - The Shredder
Nov 4th - Salt Lake City, UT - The Lo Fi Cafe
Nov  5th - Denver, CO - 3 Kings Tavern
Nov 7th  - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
Nov 9th - Columbus, OH - Shrunken Head
Nov  11th - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
Nov 13th - Indianapolis, IN - Headquarters
Nov 14th - Akron, OH - Empire Rock Club  
Nov  15th - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
Nov 16th - Chicago, IL - Reggie’s
Nov 17th - Ft Wayne, IN - Brass Rail
Nov 18th - Detroit, MI - Token Lounge  
Nov 19th - Syracuse, NY - Mac's Bad Art Bar
Nov 20th - Pittsburgh, PA - Dead Horse
Nov 21st - Brooklyn, NY - St.Vitus
Nov 22nd - Philadelphia, PA - Dobbs
Nov 23rd - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
Nov 24th - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Nov 25th - Raleigh, NC - The Maywood
 
Check Raven's official website for further details.
 
About RAVEN:

According to the metal media, the labels “Legendary,” "Innovative" and “Lunatics!" have all been rightfully pinned upon RAVEN over the years. In a crowded scene, the unique personality, power and humor of the three band members has always shone through. The crazed vocals and masterful bass playing of John Gallagher, the full frontal guitar assault of brother Mark Gallagher, and the punishing polyrhythmic pounding of drummer Joe Hasselvander all combine to form a sonic battering ram unique in rock!

From the well documented early days as NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) frontrunners, RAVEN’s albums "Rock Until You Drop", "Wiped Out" and "All For One" virtually invented both the speed metal and power metal genres.  From the trailblazing US tours of the '80s, introducing the States to “athletic rock” as well as giving opening acts like Metallica and Anthrax their first tours, through the doldrums of the early '90s when a grunge obsessed media wrote off so many metal acts, RAVEN has consistently proved to be survivors par excellence and, in a genre of imitators, has shown that they are “the real thing”.  RAVEN emerged unscathed into the new millennium, releasing possibly their strongest and most aggressive album to date in 2010's "Walk Through Fire", and are poised to strike again with the forthcoming album "ExtermiNation" due in 2015.  Where so many of their contemporaries have either faded creatively or become parodies of themselves, RAVEN have consistently pushed the envelope while retaining their unique sound and attack, both in the studio and in their true element - on stage!

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Mon
13
Oct

RAVEN Launch Kickstarter; Set to Release "Party Killers" Cover Album

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RAVEN Launch Kickstarter; Set to Release "Party Killers" Cover Album

NWOBHM thrash godfathers RAVEN have launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to fund the recording of their next studio album "ExtermiNation".  The band has recorded a full-length cover album entitled "Party Killers" that is being offered as an exclusive Kickstarter reward for backers.  "Party Killers" is available on CD and 12" vinyl.  The band is also offering exclusive t-shirts, patches, and a 7" vinyl single via the campaign, which runs through November 28th.

The trio has been in heavy pre-production for the upcoming original studio album "ExtermiNation" due in early 2015.  Somehow amid the writing and rehearsal process, the band also found time and energy to record the cover album.  Further details will be released in the coming days, but it has been revealed that the track-listing will include covers of "Ogre Battle"(Queen) and "In For the Kill"(Budgie). 

Vocalist and bassist John Gallagher comments on the album: "We were writing for the new album at a cool studio in Richmond, VA, and in the middle of jamming asked the engineer there if we could record a few cover tunes just for the hell of it.  The sounds were so good we decided to do something we'd been threatening for many years: "Party Killers" - a collection of cover tunes guaranteed to deafen yer neighbors!! It's basically a peek into the little red 45rpm singles box we used to have at home...songs and bands that were very influential to us as kids, but given the Raven overhaul! I think it gives a nice insight to our roots and will be an excellent companion to the new album!"
 
RAVEN is currently on tour in the United States with support act NIGHT DEMON.

RAVEN “North American ExtermiNation Tour 2014″

10/10:  Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
10/11: Austin, TX @ Red 7
10/15: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
10/17: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Main Stage
10/19: Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
10/20: Los Angeles, CA @Whiskey a Go Go
10/22: Ventura, CA @ Bombay
10/26:  Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
10/27: San Francisco, CA @ The Elbo Room
10/29: Ashland, OR @ Club 66
10/30: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
11/1: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
11/2: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/3: Boise, ID @ The Shredder
11/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Lo-Fi Cafe
11/6:  Denver, CO @ TBA
11/7:  St Louis, MO  @ Fubar
11/9: Columbus, OH @ Shrunken Head
11/11: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
11/13: Indianapolis, IN @ Headquarters
11/14: Akron, OH @ Empire Rock Club
11/15: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
11/16: Chicago IL @ Reggie’s
11/18: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
11/19: Syracuse, NY @ Macs Bad Art Bar
11/20: Pittsburgh, PA @ Dead Horse
11/21: Brooklyn, NY @ St.Vitus
11/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Dobbs
11/23: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
11/24: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/25: Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
 
Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1085707767/extermination

Check Raven's official website http://www.RavenLunatics.com for further details.
 
About RAVEN:

According to the pages of the various metal media, the labels “LEGENDARY,” “INNOVATIVE,” “TRUE ORIGINALS,” as well as “LUNATICS!” have been rightfully pinned upon RAVEN over the years. In a music scene filled by clones nurtured with a cookie-cutter mentality, the unique personality, power and humor of the three band members has always shone through. The crazed vocals & bass playing of John Gallagher, the full frontal guitar assault of brother, Mark Gallagher, and the punishing polyrhythmic pounding of drummer, Joe Hasselvander, all combine to form a sonic battering ram unique in rock!
From the well documented early days as NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) frontrunners, RAVEN’s albums ROCK UNTIL YOU DROP, WIPED OUT and ALL FOR ONE virtually invented both the speed metal and power metal genres – during the trailblazing USA tours of the 80’s introducing the States to “Athletic rock” as well as giving opening acts like Metallica and Anthrax their first tours, through the doldrums of the late 80’s/early 90’s when a grunge obsessed media wrote off so many acts – RAVEN has consistently proved to be both survivors par excellence and in a genre of grim imitation – shown that they are “the real thing”. Where so many of their contemporaries have either faded creatively or become parodies of themselves, RAVEN have consistently pushed the envelope while retaining their unique sound and attack – both in the studio & in their true element, onstage!

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Wed
27
Aug

RAVEN Announce "North American Extermination Tour 2014"

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RAVEN Announce "North American Extermination Tour 2014"

Featuring Special Guests Night Demon

Announce Two Special Shows Supporting Accept in New York and Los Angeles

New wave of British heavy metal and thrash legends RAVEN have confirmed that they will be touring North America this fall as part of the "North American Extermination Tour 2014".  It was recently announced that RAVEN has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer and their new studio album and follow up to Walk Through Fire is set for a release in February 2015.  Fans can expect to hear RAVEN classics and new songs that the band is currently in the studio working on.  The tour begins on October 3rd in Pompano Beach, FL and runs through November 25th in Raleigh, NC.  Before their headline tour begins, RAVEN will also be serving as special guests at two upcoming Accept shows.  The first is set for September 12th in Los Angeles, CA at The Saban Theater and September 15th at The Gramercy Theater in New York, NY.

Last year saw the release of the band's documentary DVD Rock Until You Drop - A Long Day's Journey documents the band's almost 40 year career and highlights their high energy approach and influence on the development of thrash.  The DVD can be ordered HERE. 

RAVEN as Special Guests With Accept

9/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Saban Theater

9/15: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
 

RAVEN 'North American Extermination Tour 2014'

10/3: Pompano Beach, FL @ Rip's

10/4: Atlanta, GA @ 529 Bar

10/5:  Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Caf'

10/9:  Tulsa, OK @ TBA

10/10:  Little Rock, AR @ Vino's

10/11: Austin, TX @ Red 7

10/15: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red

10/17: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Main Stage

10/19: Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon

10/20: Los Angeles, CA @Whiskey a Go Go

10/22: Ventura, CA @ Bombay 

10/26:  Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp

10/27: San Francisco, CA @ The Elbo Room

10/29: Ashland, OR @ Club 66

10/30: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge

11/1: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club

11/2: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

11/3: Boise, ID @ The Shredder

11/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Lo-Fi Cafe

11/6:  Denver, CO @ TBA

11/7:  St Louis, MO  @ Fubar

11/9: Columbus, OH @ Shrunken Head

11/11: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

11/13: Indianapolis, IN @ Headquarters

11/14: Akron, OH @ Empire Rock Club

11/15: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck

11/16: Chicago IL @ Reggie's

11/18: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge

11/19: Syracuse, NY @ Macs Bad Art Bar

11/20: Pittsburgh, PA @ Dead Horse

11/21: Brooklyn, NY @ St.Vitus

11/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Dobbs

11/23: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery

11/24: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

11/25: Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood

About RAVEN:

According to the pages of the various metal media, the labels "LEGENDARY," "INNOVATIVE," "TRUE ORIGINALS," as well as "LUNATICS!" have been rightfully pinned upon RAVEN over the years. In a music scene filled by clones nurtured with a cookie-cutter mentality, the unique personality, power and humor of the three band members has always shone through. The crazed vocals & bass playing of John Gallagher, the full frontal guitar assault of brother, Mark Gallagher, and the punishing polyrhythmic pounding of drummer, Joe Hasselvander, all combine to form a sonic battering ram unique in rock!

 

From the well documented early days as NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) frontrunners, RAVEN's albums ROCK UNTIL YOU DROP, WIPED OUT and ALL FOR ONE virtually invented both the speed metal and power metal genres - during the trailblazing USA tours of the 80's introducing the States to "Athletic rock" as well as giving opening acts like Metallica and Anthrax their first tours, through the doldrums of the late 80's/early 90's when a grunge obsessed media wrote off so many acts - RAVEN has consistently proved to be both survivors par excellence and in a genre of grim imitation - shown that they are "the real thing". Where so many of their contemporaries have either faded creatively or become parodies of themselves, RAVEN have consistently pushed the envelope while retaining their unique sound and attack - both in the studio & in their true element, onstage!

 

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