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Raven

Formed: 1974
From: Newcastle, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Raven News

Below is our complete Raven news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Diamond Head To Be Joined On Tour By Raven

New Wave of British Heavy Metal champions Diamond Head has announced that they will be joined on their upcoming tour of North America by fellow NWOBHM veterans, Raven. Diamond Head will return to the United States in October to perform on the West Coast and the south, which they have been unable to reach on this leg. It is unknown whether Raven will serve as the main support on the second leg. The band has also added several new stops to their scheduled tour of the United States and Canada, and their itinerary is now as follows:

April 10 - White Marsh, MD - House of Rock
April 11 - Wilmington, DE - Mojo 13
April 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
April 13 - Amityville, NY - Ollies Point Place
April 14 - Seymour, CT - Dewy’s
April 15 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Électrique
April 16 - Quebec City, QC - Coop l'Agité
April 17 - Clarence, NY - Club Infinity
April 18 - New Castle , PA - Chance Nite Club
April 19 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
April 20 - Lansing, MI - Uli’s House of Rock
April 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
April 22 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody ’s
April 23 - Columbus , OH - The Shrunken Head
April 25 - Long Branch, NJ - Brighton Bar
April 26 - North Hampton , PA - The Gin Mill and Grille

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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell V

Two more bands have been announced for this year's edition of Wales' Hard Rock Hell festival, both of which made their names in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Movement. Cirencester based act Dealer will be performing at the event, as will fellow new confirmations Bronz. The festival boasts a host of other NWOBHM acts as well as others and will take place at Pontins in Prestatyn, North Wales from December 1st-4th.

The lineup is as follows:

Airrace
Azincourt
Dan Baird
Black Spiders
Black Stone Cherry
Bonafide
Bronz
Dealer
Demon
Girlschool
Hammerhead
Little Caesar
Magnum
Million Dollar Reload
Orange Goblin
Pallus
Praying Mantis
The Quireboys
Raven
Reckless Love
Sahg
Stampede
Therapy?
Tygers Of Pan Tang
Tyketto
Voodoo Johnson
Voodoo Six
Witchfynde
Wolfsbane

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Sunday Old School: Raven

Arguably, without Venom, thrash metal would never have been as fast and ferocious as it was. But many of the genre's best musicians state that Venom wasn't the only band to influence them in such a way, but another band from Newcastle had just as big an impact; a group by the name of Raven. Although Raven was classed as part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, the band's formation predates the movement, as they were founded in 1974 by the Gallagher brothers Mark and John (not Noel and Liam) and guitarist Paul Bowden, before adding drummer Paul Sherrif to their ranks. Even in their early days, the band was known for their energetic live performances and taking musical risks, but it was to be some time before they received a record deal. Eventually, they landed such a contract with local label Neat Records, which is now regarded as one of the most important labels in British heavy metal as a result of them signing so many N.W.O.B.H.M. acts, including Raven's fellow Geordies, Venom.

Under Neat, the group released their first album, "Rock Until You Drop" in 1981, which found critical success straight away and is considered by some to be Raven's best album. Commercial success was also found with the record, as it entered the British albums chart at number sixty three. The album is also remembered for it's fantastic front cover, which shows a trashed stage with the band's members buried beneath the rubble of amps and instruments.The band then wasted no time in recording a follow up, which came in the form of 1982's "Wiped Out." Although it didn't chart in the United Kingdom, it was just as highly regarded by fans and the music press alike and did well enough to attract the attention of record companies in the United States, resulting in Megaforce Records offering them a deal. Their next album, "All For One" was released the following year and, like the two albums before, was cited as another heavy metal masterpiece. The album allowed them to perform in America for the first time, giving support slots to such young American bands as Metallica and Anthrax. More...

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Exodus Confirmed for 70000 Tons of Metal

Thrash Metal band Exodus, among several other bands, have just been added to one of the most epic cruises of all time: the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise (Jan 24-28th of 2011). So far, eighteen bands out of the forty have been confirmed on the official site. The bands that have been confirmed are as followed:

Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Finntroll
Exodus
Epica
Sonata Arctica
Forbidden
Moonspell
Obituary
Saxon
Sodom
Raven
Stratovarius
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Uli Jon Roth
Witchburner

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Raven Announces More European Tour Dates

Traditional hard rockers Raven have announced where they will be peddling their "athletic rock" this summer in Europe. They have scheduled quite busy summer to support their most recent studio full length "Walk Through Fire." Find out more at Raven's MySpace Page.

Dates:
June 12 - SWE-Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
June 19 - F-Clisson - Hellfest
June 25 - B-Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
June 26 - I-Collegno - Gods Of Metal Festival
July 31 - D-Brande bei Elmshorn - Headbangers Open Air
Aug 01 - NL-Kerkraade - The Rock Temple
Aug 02 - D-Egelsee - Schwarzer Adler
Aug 03 - D-Essen - Turock
Aug 04 - NL-Den Haag - Het Paard
Aug 05 - CH-Uster - Rock City
Aug 06 - D-Wacken - Wacken Open Air
Aug 07 - B-Deinze - Alcatraz Metal Festival

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Final Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgiums biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has confirmed the final bands for this years edition of the event. The biggest news is that Soulfly, the band led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, will be headlining the event on the Saturday. Other bands added to the bill include New York hardcore legends Sick Of It All, former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash, Hatebreed, Revamp, Oceans Of Sadness and Dear Superstar. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Friday: Aerosmith (Headliners)
Motorhead
Slayer
Stone Temple Pilots
My Dying Bride
Tarja Turunen
Saxon
Therion
Sepultura
Deicide
Anathema
Doro
Ratt
Steel Panther
UDO
Nile
Evergrey
Devin Townsend
Anvil
Raven
Bleeding Through
The Devil's Blood
Ghost Brigade
Oceans Of Sadness
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Raven Frontman Joins Anvil On Stage

John Gallagher, frontman of British heavy metal legends Raven, joined Canadian metal heroes Anvil on stage last saturday (March 20th) where he performed the classic, "Metal On Metal" with the band. You can check out fan filmed footage below. Both bands will be performing at the Graspop Metal Meeting this year and both are preparing to release new studio albums. More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2010

The organisers of Belgiums premier metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced the addition of eleven more bands to this years bill. Among the latest acts are American supergroup Hellyeah, Australian rockers Airbourne and British heavy metal veterans Raven. The other confirmed bands are Katatonia, Evergrey, The Devil's Blood, Eluveitie, Finntroll, Dark Funeral, 3 Inches Of Blood and Sylosis. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th-27th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Raven Announces North American Tour Dates

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Raven has announced that they will be heading to North America this September for a headlining tour. The trek is in support of their new studio album, "Walk Through Fire" which is out now in Japan, but will be released on March 29th in Europe, with a North American release the next day.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Raven Signs To Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of legendary metal band RAVEN and is gearing up to release "Walk Through Fire," RAVEN's first album since 2000's "One for All," in North America. "Walk Through Fire" contains 14 new tracks and two live bonus tracks. The tracklisting for "Walk Through Fire" is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Against the Grain
3. Breaking You Down
4. Under Your Radar
5. Walk Through Fire
6. Bulldozer
7. Long Day's Journey
8. Trainwreck
9. Grip
10. Running Around In Circles
11. Hard Road
12. Armageddon (the Beginning)
13. Attitude
14. Space Station #5
15. Live at The Inferno**
16. Rock Until You Drop**

**Bonus Live Tracks

Vocalist, bassist, and founding member John Gallagher comments; “We are ecstatic - we go way back with Metal Blade (we've known Brian since meeting him backstage at one of our shows in the UK in 1982!!!) so there's mutual respect. We feel that having this killer new album Walk Through Fire and a relationship with Metal Blade, an outfit that lives and breathes this music - that UNDERSTANDS where we have been and what we've been through, will show that we are not trading on past glories but that we are a band that continues to be relevant…and kicks ass more than ever before! We've set the bar high here with this album and are happy to have a partner willing to get it out there to the metal fans and spread the word. This is the RAVEN album the diehards have been beating us up for…and then some!"

Metal Blade Record's Michael Faley comments; “We are excited and proud to be releasing the new album by RAVEN entitled Walk Through Fire! This record has garnered tremendous reviews worldwide and combines all the strength and power that only the Gallagher brothers can deliver, Rock Solid METAL! With a career that has spanned over 25 years, RAVEN is back with a CLASSIC album."

Following a forced layoff through half of the last decade due to Mark Gallagher's long recuperation from a serious accident where Mark's legs were crushed after a wall collapsed on the musician, the band have fought back with a number of European festival appearances, a UK tour in 2008 and a triumphant jaunt to Japan in 2009.

RAVEN is:
John Gallagher – vocals & bass
Mark Gallagher – guitars
Joe Hasselvander – drums

The band previously announced their signing with SPV/Steamhammer for a European release on March 29, 2010.

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Raven To Release New Album In March

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Raven have announced that they have signed a new record deal with SPV/Steamhammer and will be releasing a brand new studio album entitled, "Walk Through Fire" on March 29th in Europe. No word on an American release date has yet been revealed.

The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

"Intro"
"Against The Grain"
"Breaking You Down"
"Under Your Radar"
"Walk Through Fire"
"Bulldozer"
"Long day's Journey"
"Trainwreck"
"Grip"
"Running Around In Circles"
"Hard Road"
"Armageddon (the beginning)"
"Attitude"
"Space Station # 5"
"The King" (live) bonus track

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The Hounds of Hasselvander Readies New Mini Album

Doom veteran Joe Hasselvander (DEATH ROW/ RAVEN/ Ex-PENTAGRAM) recorded a brand new four-song mini album. Once again, just like on THE HOUNDS OF HASSELVANDER debut album, PENTAGRAM's "Review Your Choices" and "Sub Basement," etc., he recorded all instruments by himself.

The mini album will be released in November via Rock Saviour Records.

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White Wizzard To play New York City Show

Hollywood, CA's traditional metal band, WHITE WIZZARD will playing their first ever New York City date on August 28th at Club Europa in Brooklyn. As part of the Brooklyn Thunder Fest, WHITE WIZZARD will be playing along side of Ross The Boss (who will be playing classic MANOWAR material) and RAVEN, as well as modern day metal acts such as ZANDELLE and TITANIUM BLACK.

WHITE WIZZARD bassist, Jon Leon says, "WHITE WIZZARD is totally pumped to go to New York and play. RAVEN and MANOWAR are classic bands and I expect this to be a blast. New York metal fans are some of the best so I am sure there will be a ton of energy."

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Raven Announces U.K. Dates

British metallers Raven has announced a string of U.K. tour dates starting in September.

The dates are as follows:


September
12 - The Sterling House - Allentown, PA
13 - L’Amours - Staten Island, NY

October
2 - Sawyers - Kettering, UK
3 - Cellar Bar - Blackburn, UK
5 - Queens Hall - Nuneaton, UK
8 - Underworld - London, UK
8 - Trillians - Newcastle, UK
10 - The Asylum - Birmingham, UK
11 - Marlborough Club - Ilfracombem, UK

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Forbidden and Sebastian Bach Drop off TMT Festival

Upstate New York's TMT festival has been temporarily postponed. The organizors have issued the following update:

"Due to an unagreeable situation that has arisen with the venue, we are forced to postpone - TEMPORARILY this event. We are currently spending every waking moment searching for a replacement venue that will satisfy both our needs and please all of the bands and fans. The lack of basic cooperation on the part of the venue is what has prompted this decision. We tried in vain to make every effort necessary, but in the end - they failed us."

"There will be two lineup changes - Forbidden had a problem between management and booking, they decided to play another gig that weekend. Metal Mike contacted us when Sebastian Bach decided to go on tour, this tour conflicted with the concert date. We wish both bands good luck in their endeavors."

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Raven Complete Mixing on "Walk Through Fire"

Bassist/vocalist John Gallagher of the legendary British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"Running order for the [new RAVEN] album ['Walk through Fire'] is set. Mixing is done. Next stage is mastering, which we hope to have completed shortly."

RAVEN has posted a new song, entitled "Breaking You Down", on its official web site. The track comes off "Walk through Fire", which was recorded at the Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS).

John Gallagher previously stated about the new CD, "It's the right combination of spontaneous lunacy captured with the sounds we've always wanted." More...

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New Raven Album Mixed, Preparing To Master

RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher has posted this brief message on the band's official website:

"Hi!!

Running order for the album is set. Mixing is done. Next stage is mastering, which we hope to have completed shortly. Looking forward to the L'amours show (on April 26 in Staten Island, NY). See ya there!!!"

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Raven Post New Song Online

Legendary British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN has posted a new song, entitled "Breaking You Down", on their official web site. The track comes off the group's new album, "Walk through Fire", which was recorded at the Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS).

Commented RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher, "It's taken this long so we are just crossing the t's and dotting the i's. It sounds so good we just want it exact — it's the right combination of spontaneous lunacy captured with the sounds we've always wanted."

RAVEN's last studio album, "One for All", was released in 1999 via Massacre Records. More...

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Raven Add Second New York Show

NWOBHM legends RAVEN have added another live date to their forthcoming itinerary: April 26th at L'Amours in Staten Island, NY. This follows the band's recently announced appearance at the TMT Metal Fest 2008, which will take place July 20th at the Old Pine Inn (aka The Country Pines) in Endicott, New York.

Raven are currently working on a new album which will be called Walk Through Fire, with a tentative spring 2008 release. Some song titles include: 'Long Day's Journey', 'Bulldozer', 'Walk Through Fire' and 'Breaking You Down'.

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Forbidden To Play At New York's TMT Metal Festival

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers FORBIDDEN have been added to the TMT Metal Festival, set to take place July 18-20 at the Skyview Drag Strip in Tioga Center, upstate New York. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

FORBIDDEN
FLOTSAM and JETSAM
RAVEN
HELSTAR
CHRIS CAFFERY
ATTACKER
DEATHRIDERS (feat. Neil Turbin)
HATRED
"METAL" MIKE CHLASCIAK

FORBIDDEN has already announced several West Coast dates and European festival appearances. Russ Anderson (vocals), Craig Locicero (guitar), Matt Camacho (bass) and Glen Alvelais (guitar), along with special guest drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL) will bring something that so many of their peers, old-school fans and especially the younger generation of fans that never got to see FORBIDDEN live have been asking for: a FORBIDDEN reunion!

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