On Monday, November 3, iconic NWOBHM metal trio, Raven will land on Boise for the first time in, possibly ever. They will bring in tow, new school acolytes, Night Demon, who bring their own take on old school metal. The North American ExtermiNation Tour 2014 will take place at The Shredder in Boise, and tickets are still available.
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 band’s 40-year career. 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 and 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 their trailblazing USA tours of the 80’s they introduced 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 proven 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 and in their true element, onstage!
Recently, Raven has 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 February 2015. Somehow amid the writing and rehearsal process, the band also found time and energy to record the covers album. The tracklisting includes: “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), “Is There A Better Way” (Status Quo), “Queen Of My Dreams” (Edgar Winter), “Tak Me Bak ‘Ome” (Slade), “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!”
ExtermiNation will be the follow up to the band’s highly regarded 2010 album Walk Through Fire. The band has hinted that they will perform some new music on the current tour.
Last year saw the release of the band’s documentary DVD Rock Until You Drop – A Long Day’s Journey which documents the band’s 40 year career and highlights their high energy approach and influence on the development of thrash. The DVD can be ordered HERE.