RAVEN

Heavy Metal / NWoBHM / Speed Metal • United Kingdom
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Raven is a heavy metal band associated with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, that formed in 1975. They also opened for punk bands The Stranglers and The Motors. They had a hit with the single "On and On", and refer to their music as "Athletic Rock."

Formed in Newcastle, England by brothers John and Mark Gallagher, Raven quickly set the pace for the burgeoning metal renaissance in the UK at the time. Raven began creating a sound which was rooted in British hard rock with progressive tendencies and a willingness to take musical chances . The band's highly energized live show and interaction between members developed an image and style of play the band described as "athletic". They began wearing guards, helmets and plates from various sports (hockey, baseball,etc...) and incorporating them into the playing of their instruments (for instance, elbow pads were used to strike cymbals for
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RAVEN Rock Until You Drop album cover 4.43 | 9 ratings
Rock Until You Drop
NWoBHM 1981
RAVEN Wiped Out album cover 4.06 | 9 ratings
Wiped Out
NWoBHM 1982
RAVEN All for One album cover 4.19 | 14 ratings
All for One
NWoBHM 1983
RAVEN Stay Hard album cover 3.58 | 6 ratings
Stay Hard
NWoBHM 1985
RAVEN The Pack is Back album cover 1.75 | 6 ratings
The Pack is Back
Heavy Metal 1986
RAVEN Life's a Bitch album cover 3.83 | 6 ratings
Life's a Bitch
Heavy Metal 1987
RAVEN Nothing Exceeds Like Excess album cover 3.92 | 6 ratings
Nothing Exceeds Like Excess
Heavy Metal 1988
RAVEN Architect of Fear album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
Architect of Fear
Heavy Metal 1991
RAVEN Glow album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Glow
Heavy Metal 1994
RAVEN Everything Louder album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Everything Louder
Heavy Metal 1997
RAVEN One for All album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
One for All
Heavy Metal 2000
RAVEN Walk Through Fire album cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
Walk Through Fire
Speed Metal 2009
RAVEN ExtermiNation album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
ExtermiNation
Heavy Metal 2015

RAVEN EPs & splits

RAVEN Crash, Bang, Wallop album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Crash, Bang, Wallop
NWoBHM 1982
RAVEN Mad album cover 3.21 | 3 ratings
Mad
Speed Metal 1986
RAVEN Heads Up! album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Heads Up!
Heavy Metal 1992
RAVEN Radio Hell: The Friday Rock Show Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Radio Hell: The Friday Rock Show Sessions
Heavy Metal 1992

RAVEN live albums

RAVEN Live at the Inferno album cover 4.40 | 5 ratings
Live at the Inferno
NWoBHM 1984
RAVEN Destroy All Monsters - Live in Japan album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Destroy All Monsters - Live in Japan
Heavy Metal 1996
RAVEN Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg
NWoBHM 2019

RAVEN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

RAVEN re-issues & compilations

RAVEN Raw Tracks album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Raw Tracks
NWoBHM 1999
RAVEN All Systems Go album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
All Systems Go
NWoBHM 2002

RAVEN singles (1)

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Pray For The Sun
NWoBHM 1985

RAVEN movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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For the Future
NWoBHM 2005

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RAVEN Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg

Live album · 2019 · NWoBHM
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Kev Rowland
1979 was Year Zero for a new musical movement in the UK, and a term was coined by Deaf Barton which perfectly summed it up, NWOBHM. I was 16 at the time, listening to Tommy Vance on a Friday night, reading Sounds music magazine, and trying to buy as many singles and albums I could of the phenomenon. One of the issues I had was I lived in a small town in the West of England, and it was incredibly hard to get hold of material. So much so that I wrote to Neat Records asking how I could get hold of their material as no-one stocked it near me! I was soon the envy of my mates as they sent me stickers and badges to try and make up for it, all of them emblazoned with the logo of one of my favourite bands, Raven. There are a few singles from that time which have gone down in history, Iron Maiden’s “Soundhouse Tapes” and Def Leppard’s “Getcha Rocks Off” are just a couple. But in the North East Neat Records were becoming THE label, with one incredible release after another. Within their first ten singles was the debut by Tygers of Pan Tang, Fist, Venom, Blitzkrieg and “Don’t Need Your Money” by Raven (who incidentally were also the first band on the label to release a second single, as well as the first album).

Raven had decided to speed everything up, something they called athletic rock, and was a huge impact on the scene which followed – that both Metallica and Anthrax were given their first touring opportunities with Raven was no surprise to anyone. Over the years the Gallagher brothers (John, bass/vocals and Mark, guitar) have kept the flag flying for their style of metal, and for much of that time drummer Joe Hasselvander has been at the back, but shortly before their 2017 US tour he suffered a heart attack, putting an end to his active music career. After a few temporary replacements, it was quickly decided that Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy) would be Raven’s new drummer. They settled in to doing what they do best, blasting uncompromising metal into the masses, and when they left the stage at Skråen in November they were presented with a digital copy of the gig they had just performed. What made this unusual is that none of the band were aware it was being recorded, so it was a case of turning up, plugging in, and blasting it out without any thought to what it might mean from a recording aspect.

The band has been in existence now for some 44 years, and although I can’t speak for the very early years, what is playing now is a beefed-up version of the same band I fell in love with back in 1980. These guys are showing no sign at all of slowing down, or going down a different path, this is a band still playing “Faster Than The Speed of Light” and meaning every single word. It is harder and faster than it was when they were 30 years younger, and this set is essential to anyone who enjoys this style of music. It is brutal NWOBHM. Turn it up, play it loud, and party as if it 1979, not some forty years later. I may be seeing this with rose tinted glasses given how much I loved this band in my youth, but when metal is a brutal, raw, and bloody excellent as this, then it demands attention.



RAVEN Rock Until You Drop

Album · 1981 · NWoBHM
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Forming in 1975, Raven blasted onto the NWoBHM scene in 1981 with the release of their debut studio album Rock Until You Drop. These guys are pure old school heavy metal, owing much of their sound to Judas Priest while already having their own identity to make them stand out as one of the leading figures of the quickly growing 80's British metal scene.

Most of the album displays a perfect performance of classic heavy metal at it's finest, with influences of late 70's Priest and sometimes a nod to the catchy hard boogie rock of Bon Scott-era AC/DC, with opener "Hard Ride" in particular. It sounds right out of one of those classic AC/DC albums complete with gang shouts and some pretty Angus Young-esque guitar riffs. Speaking of riffs, Mark Gallagher is a master, just take a listen to the godly riff during the bridge of "Over the Top" or the epic gallop at the end of "For the Future". These two tracks are contrasted with a nice little classical guitar interlude "39/40" placed in the middle of the album.

John Gallagher and Rob "Wacko" Hunter provide a killer rhythm section that sounds very loose and free-flowing, which fits perfectly for an album that just wants you to rock till you drop. The bass has a nice thump throughout the album, while you can hear how "Wacko" probably got his nickname with an absolutely pummeling drum performance. John Gallagher's vocals are a bit like a punky Rob Halford, this punk edge can be heard especially in "Hellraiser/Action". Occasionally the band gets into some proto-thrash areas, mainly in the riff during the bridge of "Lambs to the Slaughter".

Every song on the album is killer, but if I had to pick highlights I'd choose "Hard Ride", "Hell Patrol", "Over the Top", the infectiously catchy title track, "Lambs to the Slaughter", and the epic album finisher that is "Tyrant of the Airways". The title track is a slamming rocker that immediately starts the headbanging, and "Tyrant of the Airways" is like a driving drill with a great mellow bridge as contrast.

Already on their debut Raven were at the top of their game, and Rock Until You Drop is easily one of the best records of the NWoBHM. If you're looking for some raw and pure heavy metal, check this killer album out. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

RAVEN All for One

Album · 1983 · NWoBHM
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Kingcrimsonprog
Are you in the mood for some NWOBHM? Why not try Raven’s 1983 record All For One. This was the noisy Newcastle band’s third studio album and was produced by none other than Accept’s singer Udo Dirkschneider.

The sound is earthy, workingman’s Heavy Metal with rumbly bass, steady drumming and midrange vocals that would sound at home on a Thrash album. It has a very pure and honest sound, with hints of Motorhead and Saxon; it toes the line between amped-up rock n roll shuffle and proto-Thrash, often within the same song. Think of Angel Witch playing faster or Diamond Head if they didn’t listen to Progressive Rock.

Its not as heavy as fellow Geordie NWOBHM band Venom, but its definitely raw and energetic, with more emphasis on attitude and energy than excessive virtuosity or structural complexity. They’ll still bust out a solo when necessary, but there’s a certain punky attitude.

When you listen to John Gallagher’s vocals here, it would be easy to imagine this is the sort of thing that influenced the likes of Paul Baloff or Randy Rampage. There’s even a certain closeness to Anvil if you squint your ears.

Owing to Udo’s fine production job, this record is cleaner and more professional sounding than the albums and EPs which preceded it, but musically the band were still in their early excited phase, so it isn’t commercial like their major label releases. Its got charm, raw power and enthusiastic performances, but you can clearly make out every note, so it’s a real best of both worlds situation. People often call this one of the band’s best albums and its easy to see why.

If you’re interested in exploring the band, who took Metallica and Anthrax out on early tours, and the album which was produced by Accept’s singer, then I’d recommend checking out the songs “Hung, Drawn & Quartered,” “Seek & Destroy” and album closer “Athletic Rock” (titled after the band’s proposed name for the style of music they play) as the tester songs you use to see if its something you want to buy.

If you get it nowadays, you’ll usually get bonus tracks, two of which feature guest singing from Udo, including a cover of Steppenwolfe’s famous “Born To Be Wild.” It adds some extra value to the record, and gives you an extra incentive to check it out. For me, the bonus track “The Power And The Glory” is one of the best tracks on the disc.

Overall; All For One is a strong album and if you are in the mood for some early Metal then its definitely something you should consider trying out. There’s some great tunes, a good attitude and a sense of consistency that makes the whole thing flow.

RAVEN Rock Until You Drop

Album · 1981 · NWoBHM
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UMUR
"Rock Until You Drop" is the debut full-length studio album by UK heavy metal act Raven. The album was released through Neat Records in January 1981. It was the first album to be released on the label. "Rock Until You Drop" was relatively successful reaching the No. 63 position in the UK albums chart.

Raven is a three-piece consisting of John Gallagher (Bass, Vocals), Mark Gallagher (Guitars) and Rob "Wacko" Hunter (Drums). The power trio format with basic rock instrumentation of guitar, bass, drums and vocals is audible throughout. This is very basic "to the bone" type heavy metal. Mostly though this is just heavily distorted and aggressive rock´n´roll played at the loudest possible volume. No fancy tricks, just pure sweaty hard rocking heavy metal. Occasionally, like in "Lambs to the Slaughter" and "Tyrants of the Airways", the band venture into more "pure" metal territories and even touches what I´d characterize as proto-thrash. It´s not without reason that German thrashers Kreator covered "Lambs to the Slaughter" on their "Out of the Dark ... Into the Light (1988)" EP.

Musically what drives this album is the raw energy and the obvious enthusiasm for playing music that is on display. The tracks are a bit up and down in quality and some could probably have prospered from a more mature songwriting but it sure is a fun and entertaining album. The sound production is also nice and raw which suits the relatively simple music well. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

RAVEN Mad

EP · 1986 · Speed Metal
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1967/ 1976
"Mad" is a correct title for a Raven release. First because Athletic Rock sounds like something fast, almost punk, similar to thrash but more carefree. And in this sense if you listen to Raven this is sure good. In general today a band as Raven being part of Power Metal but in 80's Raven was good as NWoBHM.

In this case 5 songs of pure madness, shot in our ears without the certainty that this musical proposal indicating something serious. But I admire songs as "Do Or Die" or "Speed Of The Reflex".

In conclusion "Mad" is not a pure piece of madness applied to music, but the extreme attempt to be personal, trying to apply R'n'R to Heavy Metal.

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