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NWOBHM veterans Raven announce October live dates

“The NENWOBHM (North East New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) veterans have unleashed a superpowered album of pure crackshot heavy metal, a listening experience akin to being hit square in the face by a Dalek’s sink plunger…In a dour modern-day metal world, this is just so much fun. Raven’s hellter skelter musical approach has always been laced with humour, and nowhere is this more evident than on bonus track ‘Malice In Geordieland’, which is sung in a near indecipherable Geordie accent and namechecks famous old haunts such as the Mayfair Ballroom. Elsewhere, the song titles tell the triumphal tale: ‘Fight’, ‘Feeding The Monster’, ‘No Surrender’, ‘Fire Burns Within’, ‘Battle March / Tank Treads’ (and holy shit, unlike many of his ailing peers, bassist / vocalist John Gallagher can still scream like he’s been crushed under the aforementioned). ‘Thunder Down Under’, a suitably raucous tribute to Bon Scott, rounds off a peerless package. Howay the lads, this is proper mint. 8/10.”

(Geoff Barton, Classic Rock Magazine – July 2015 issue.)

Seminal British heavy metal trio Raven have lined up an October UK tour in the wake of a slew of rave reviews of their new studio album ‘ExtermiNation’, released in Spring 2015 on Steamhammer / SPV. Dates are:-

20th Oct BIRMINGHAM - The Asylum

21st Oct.            CHESTER - The Live Rooms

22nd Oct.           GLASGOW - Audio

23rd Oct.           BELFAST - Limelight 2

24th Oct.           NEWCASTLE - Think Tank

25th Oct.           LONDON - Underworld

Formed in Newcastle in 1974 by brothers John and Mark Gallagher, Raven soon developed their own unique, highly energized ‘Athletic Rock’ live rock show; wearing guards, helmets and plates from various sports such as hockey, baseball etc, the manic interaction between band members (let alone the audience!) was guaranteed to be electrically charged.

By the end of the decade Raven had signed to Neat Records, the legendary low budget label from the North of England, who released the band’s ground breaking debut album ‘Rock Until You Drop’, which was awarded a five star review by legendary scribe Geoff Barton in Sounds, in 1981. Both ‘Rock Until You Drop’ and the follow-up, ‘Wiped Out’, released in 1982, breached the top 75 of the UK’s national album charts.

Raven then signed to New Jersey’s Megaforce label, who released their third album ‘All For One’ in 1983 and brought the band over to tour America with Metallica SUPPORTING them on their East Coast tour, on which Anthrax also played their first ever gig. Megaforce boss Johnny Zazula was so impressed he became their manager, brought them back over to the States to live and secured a major record deal with Atlantic Records. The band’s 4th album, ‘Stay Hard’, in 1985, fared impressively on the Billboard Top 100 album chart, boosted by a Top 100 single and video for the track ‘On and On’.

But then Atlantic pushed Raven along a more slick, lightweight, commercial path for the band’s subsequent 2 albums, ‘The Pack Is Back’ (1986) and ‘Life’s A Bitch’ (1987), which, apart from alienating the band’s core fans, did little for their career and the label and band parted company in 1988.

Raven then dropped their outlandish image, returned to a more basic denim and leather look and released ‘Nothing Exceeds Like Excess’ on the Combat label, in 1988, just as grunge was taking off in the States. Raven soon returned to Europe and signed to SPV Records, who released ‘Architect Of Fear’ (1991), ‘Glow’ in 1994, ‘Everything Louder’ in 1997 and ‘One For All’ in 2000.

Then tragedy struck when a wall collapsed on guitarist Mark Gallagher in 2001, crushing his legs. Raven went on hiatus for most of the rest of the decade while Mark rehabilitated, before tentatively playing live again in the UK in summer 2008. Hugely encouraged by the crowd’s reaction, Raven spent the rest of the year writing ‘Walk Through Fire’, which was recorded in Spring 2009 and released on SPV in March 2010.

Malcolm Dome reviewed the album in the magazine’s May 2010 issue, stating that “Walk Through Fire’ is the best record since 1985’s ‘Stay Hard’. What the band have done is strip away any pretensions towards maturity or becoming elder statesmen of metal and gone straight for the jugular. This is a no-holds barred, full-on attack. The sort of thing Raven do well. Led by bassist / vocalist John Gallagher, a man with a banshee wail so high he makes King Diamond sound like Cronos of Venom, Raven revel in songs like ‘Breaking You Down’, ‘Bulldozer’ and ‘Armageddon (The Beginning)’. Those titles say it all. All fired up, Raven still deal in pure metal.”

2011 and 2012 saw Raven regularly playing the European festival circuit, making a triumphant return to Japan, and playing their first shows in South America. 2013 brought a retrospective DVD entitled ‘Rock Until You Drop - A Long Day's Journey’ featuring a voluminous amount of never before seen footage of the band from 1982 onwards, along with interviews with Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Michael Wagener (producer), Chuck Billy (Testament), and Dave Ellefson (Megadeth).

In the Summer and Autumn of 2013 Raven played their first full scale tour of the US since 1989, headlining on the East Coast and joining forces for a double headlining jaunt through the West Coast with fellow UK NWOBHM stalwarts Diamond Head. November/December saw the band playing Europe with old mates Girlschool as support, garnering rave reviews for their explosive performances.

In March 2014 Raven opened for Metalllica in Sao Paolo in front of 70,000 fans, and then set off on a 43 date headline USA tour, prior to returning to the UK to put down ‘ExtermiNation’ in the Autumn.

‘ExtermiNation’, an even more accomplished, intense, inspired, exuberant, true heavy metal offering than its predecessor, combines the melody/chaos/musicianship/lunacy that defines the band with songs that are simply the best Raven have recorded in decades. ‘ExtermiNation’ is the sound of a band totally on fire, of a unique power trio who have effortlessly pushed the envelope to up their game to the next level.

 

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