Raven: The Pack Is Back

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It’s not often that Ravenone discovers a band in the new millennium that has been around since the 70’s, especially one as important to metal as Raven. I’ll be honest, I’m ashamed of myself. I’m ashamed of the fact that I had no idea who Raven was until very recently, when I heard John Gallagher’s duet with Nina Osegueda in A Sound of Thunder’s album, Out of The Darkness. I thought to myself “Who the hell is that dude and why don’t I know who he is?”

Thankfully, Google came to my rescue, but I have to give most of the credit to YouTube and the many Raven fans who have posted live music and whole albums for me to listen to.

To give you a quick idea of who this band is and why they’re so important, let’s go back in time. If you’ve ever heard the term “NWOBHM” and you have no idea what it means, it’s an acronym for “New Wave of British Heavy Metal”. Bands from that era are known for creating a distinct sound. Judas Priest and Venom are examples of bands from this era, which helped to build the many different metals we have today. The year is 1974, and in Newcastle, England, two exceptionally talented (and tall) men, the Gallagher brothers, have put together a group with drummer Paul Bowden. The sound was a mixture of progressive and hard rock, but with a little something extraL energy. This wasn’t Black Sabbath, this wasn’t punk. This was like something in the middle, like hard rock on speed. They called it “athletic rock”, based on how much energy they each put out on stage.

If you’ve never seen Raven live before, let me warn you; there will be sweat. LOTS of sweat. The boys in Raven put out so much energy, it’s almost a shock that nobody has had a heart attack on stage yet. They’re all still in relatively good shape for their age, but it’s still quite a feat to see these guys running around like teenagers. Their music is full of energy, full of driving melodies and catchy riffs. They have been putting out consistently good albums since 1980 when they released their first single, “Don’t Need Your Money”.

Raven Needs Your MoneyWell, the times, they’ve changed. Finding a label to give you enough money to put out a record isn’t easy anymore, and now, Raven DOES in fact need your money.

Now before you get all pissed off about yet another KickStarter, let me tell you something. I’m not just talking about some back-yard band with a dream. I’m not talking about a bunch of douchebags looking for free money who won’t give you anything in return. I’m talking about a band that has toured with Maiden, Priest, and Sabbath. A band who very recently played with Metallica in South America, and has not stopped playing music in over thirty years. This is a band that has proven that they have the talent and the drive to make great music, and even they can’t get a label to front them enough money to put out a decent recording.

It kind of makes me sick.

Therefore, I implore you. If you love metal, and you want to see a band continue to make great music, go check out this KickStarter. You’re gonna see 3 of the hardest working dudes in the business ask you for your help, but not for free. You’re going to get something in return, no matter how small the pledge, and Raven will be able to keep making music.

I’d love to take this time to write about KickStarter and what a bad reputation it has among metal fans but that would take all day. Instead, I just want to let all of the Toilet ov Hell readers know that this isn’t “begging for money” or “exploiting your fans” or any of the other countless stupid accusations lobbed at bands on KickStarter. This is a pre-order for an album that won’t be made unless they have enough support, which coming from a business standpoint, makes way more sense than spending money on something that may or may not break even. Lets face it, these guys are legendary but they’re not living in mansions. They’ve played with Metallica, but they don’t own Lars’ dollar-sign-shaped pool. They’re three normal (if not humongous) men who just want to keep putting out good music, and giving their fans a good product.

So go check them out. There are only a few hours left before you won’t be able to get the exclusive stuff in this campaign, and believe me, it will be worth listening to. Check out their KickStarter, support good music, and pray that bands like them are never Wiped Out.

 

[Joe Note: It just so happens I got an email about this very Kickstarter the same day Sarah submitted this. Additional Raven info below!]

Here’s the cover art for the KickStarter album “Extermination”.

Raven Extermination

The band is offering Kickstarter backers a full-length cover album entitled “Party Killers”.  “Party Killers” is available exclusively through the Kickstarter campaign, and will not be available after the campaign ends on November 28th.  “Party Killers” is available on CD and 12″ vinyl.  Other Kickstarter-exclusive items including t-shirts, CDs, a 7″ vinyl single, patches, stickers, and more.

“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)

Check out the preview of “Party Killers” below.

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  • Tyreeks of Unholy Asshole
    • I AM BACK!

      How was bear hunting man???

      GL

      • welcome back, mr. Lynch! I knew someone was left!

      • Tyreeks of Unholy Asshole

        Uneventful sir, plus there was freezing rain which was miserable to be in. Still better then being at work though.

        • I actually prefer extreme weather while in the stand. It adds to the “primal” effect of hunting. IMO

          GL

    • I have spent way too long thinking about how a cleaver to a flexed bicep would heal. My conclusion: probably not well.

      • Technically, the picture is incorrect, the bicep would appear lax if severed by a cleaver, not constricted as shown.

        GL

        • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

          This would not only sever those two muscles but also affect connecting tendons and ligaments. This would be a super severe injury

        • Akercocke ov Steele

          Yeah but this guy on that album covers just super awesome.

      • Stockhausen

        I’m glad someone is tackling these weighty topics for me. Thank you.

        • Akercocke ov Steele

          It looks to be quite an outchy

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I’m amazed he’s still flexing after having a cleaver buried in his arm.

          • Stockhausen

            Must be one bad dude.

          • Stockhausen

            In my esteemed medical opinion, dude totally.

  • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

    I donno if I could get behind this =/

    • It’s already funded, so now it’s just “do you want special deals?”

      • BLVCKBEVRD’S QQ CVNTINVVM

        Where you been two rivers!? theres been a bunch of good Power out lately!

  • My brother used to have two of their albums back in the eighties. I don’t remember much other than the song Stay Hard. (Honestly wasn’t really big on what I’d heard…maybe because it wasn’t hair metal or thrash. IDK.)

    • Nina Osegueda

      Stay Hard is arguably Raven’s worst release. I think the rumor is that it was their label’s attempt to make them more “mainstream”. I’ve seen them play that song, before, and now it’s actually kind of funny.

      • KJM

        ‘The Pack Is Back’ got some pretty nasty notices for much the same reason. The ‘Mad’ EP was considered a bigtime return to form.

  • NUMBER ONE CRAZY ATHLETIC ROCK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T0gSMopUJ0

  • Raven????

    DOKKEN OR GTFO!!!!!!!!!!

    DREAM WARRIORS!!!!!!!! :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDveKxl7Ohs

    But really, great article, nice work!!

    GL

  • Herr Schmitty
    • That’s so Raven.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

      I love Raven. He’s such an underrated wrestler and he’s a genius when it comes to the business. He’s also a literal genius and he’s in MENSA.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    classic thrash godfathers–respect–the older super cool stoners in theband down the street used to listen to these dudes

    great album cover—really tells it like it is—-fuck the united nations—911 was an inside job

    • GL

      upvoted cuz lol

      GL

    • Sadistikexekution

      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz is bakk—un agenda 21 in progress—-fukk you all

  • Tyreeks of Unholy Asshole
  • Spiny Norman

    That album cover looks exactly like their music sounds: bad.

    • KJM

      DINSDALE!!

      • Spiny Norman

        You stole my line!

  • KJM

    Of course being one of the resident old men, I saw Raven back in 1986. In fact, I still have the Judas Priest sweat band that Mark Gallagher tossed into the audience. It holds my stack of ticket stubs together.

    • Ever see the classic Dokken lineup?????

      GL

      • KJM

        Twice. The first time was Twisted Sister/Y&T/Dokken in 1985, the second was 1988 on the Monsters Of Rock tour w/Van Hagar/Scorps/Dokken/Metallica.

        ^_^

        • GL

          Dang man. I have been trying to see Y&T for a long time…. Classic Y&T and Dokken? Christ! I am hoping Y&T works out next year, looks like next May time period they will be puesdo close.

          The only time I have gotten to see Lynch Mob, Oni Logan bailed before the tour and I was stuck seeing a scab singer for a replacement….

          GL

          • KJM

            The other time I saw Y&T was August 1985 and the bill was Motley Crue/Accept/Y&T. Helix was supposed to play but canceled.

          • I doubt you missed much with Helix haha. Crüe, Accept, and Y&T in ’85 was a good enough show anyway.

          • KJM

            Accept were the top stars that day. They brought the heaviness bigtime.

            The thing is my ticket stub says “Motley Crue + 4” You have the 2 bands(besides Crue) who played, and the 3rd band that canceled. I’ve always wondered who that 4th band was supposed to be.

          • more beer

            Accept brought it back then saw them in 83 or 84 with Ozzy. Ozzy didn`t stand a chance Accept blew him off the stage! I love Ozzy and Sabbath but it is what it is!!

          • more beer

            Sucks that Helix canceled they were badass back then.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I saw Y&T back in 2012 with Twisted Sister and some tribute band and I’m seeing them again in April when they come to the venue near me.

    • David Vincent on Tinder

      Alright mister, when was your first Maiden show?

      • KJM

        January 1985 w/Twisted Sister as the opener.

        • more beer

          I think that’s the same year I saw them with Judas Priest at MSG when every seat it that place was a projectile. Ahhh the good old days when metal violence was accepted!!!

  • Tyreeks of Unholy Asshole

    Not sure what this beginning quote is from, but somebody let me know please.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ99bcrB2fU

    • KJM

      No clue.

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      Shark Attack 3: Megalodon. The actor ad libbed to try to get a reaction from his apparently useless co star, director kept it in because it was funny.

      • Tyreeks of Unholy Asshole

        Thanks, I’ll have to watch this piece of shit now.

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          It’s pretty amusing. Better than average for a shit creature feature of modern times. John Barrowman is a big plus.

  • KJM

    My personal favorite Raven song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi5hhO8pNWA

  • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

    Is Joe Hasselvander still in this band? Can’t remember what he looks like.

    • Nina Osegueda

      Yup, he is. 🙂

  • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

    How could anyone say donating to a KickStarter campaign is getting exploited by a band? IT’S PRACTICALLY PRE-ORDERING THE ALBUM!

    • Gvacamole Jim

      It’s EXACTLY pre-ordering the album! I didn’t even know it had a bad rep. I’ve been donating to kickstarters left, right, and centre.

      • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

        I haven’t given to many through KS or any other platform of the same kind but am abhorred if it really has a bad reputation! Why the hell?

        • KJM

          It has a bad reputation because some abuse these kinds of sites. Also, there are numbnuts out there who view this type of fundraiser as begging.

          • A lot of bands view KS as some kind of magical money device. A dude in my band says it all the time, “Can we just set up a Kickstarter?” No, dum dum. If you don’t have something serious to offer AND a decent-sized fanbase, you’ll never actually hit your goal and it will be you begging your family and friends for money.

          • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

            Well that’s… logical.

          • KJM

            It also helps if your goals are realistic.

          • Musicians are not often the most realistic folks. : /

          • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

            Numbnuts I get but mind defining abuse? I don’t see the reason to hate it even if someone funded all their albums this way.

          • KJM

            It’s not so much funding albums that I view as “abuse”. I just see some bands using these sites for unrealistic things(i.e wanting $25,000 for a touring van when $10,000 is more than sufficient).

          • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

            Okay that’s abuse

      • Rustling Rites ov Jimmies

        Oh and it’s usually cheaper than pre-ordering it afterwards.

      • JWG

        I’ll say one thing in its favour. I have more respect for bands that use Kickstarter instead of indiegogo because it means they’re basically willing to roll the dice as much as the fans who buy into it – if they don’t meet the goal they don’t get the dough. Whereas on Indiegogo they can take what they get even if it falls short of the goal**

        Although, admittedly, that’s only hearsay I picked up – both the campaigns I joined went well over their goals anyway so I have no personal experience of an underfunded campaign taking my money and running. I swear it’s there in the fine print as a possibility, though.

        ** Side note: this is why the latest variety of Nigerian phishing scams pretend to be the WHO or Red Cross (the latter of which I’m pretty sure counts as a war crime under a certain convention) seeking funding to fight Ebola through a poorly-translated Indiegogo campaign.

    • JWG

      I for one am glad I took the risk on Spires, so I could bring them to the attention of the TovH, albeit briefly. And maybe more to come, if I can find a solid weekend with no other responsibilities to do a write-up of some kind (yeah, right…)

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Raven Wiped Out album is the shit next to All For One

  • Such a criminally underrated band!

  • Xan

    I’ve heard their name before but I don’t think I have ever listened to Raven before. I can’t wait to check out all these bands that have been mentioned over the past week when I get my good computer back. This computer has one of the worst sound cards I have ever experienced. It makes everything sound like a basement demo.

    • I had an Alienware laptop (that I custom-ordered for well over two grand) that had serious soundcard issues out-of-the-box. (There’s threads and threads of complaints devoted to that particular model which was later dropped.) No drivers could fix the stuttering and latency. I just stick with a Mac these days for audio stuff. Windows actually has really good support for audiophile-grade output but the hardware manufacturers are all over the place in quality.

      • Xan

        I bought an custom Alienware Aurora R4 a couple years back for about four grand. It’s sound is great but my hard drive decided to take a shit so I had to get the data transferred over to a new hard drive and get an SSD installed. The laptop I’m on right now is a $300 laptop that I use pretty much for college crap. I didn’t want to lug a 30lbs laptop around school so I bought something that can’t even manage viewing HD video. The sound quality is like someone saying something into a tin can, capping it, and the handing it to you for you to hear.

  • pïgchop™

    Raven was a great thrash band. Guess who else got together and played a gig…EXCITER featuring the three original members. FUCKING AWESOME! Check out this video of the performance and a video of a band called EVIL INVADERS.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUHmsHQK4Ck
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hedTanphxAo

  • CT-12

    This reminds me of a few years ago when I finally took a real stab at Diamond Head and was thoroughly hooked. That band kicks fucking ass and there’s so much good NWOBHM out that gets overlooked in the metal scene. I’ll really have to give Raven a good go in this next week, good article Sarah.

    • Lacertilian

      I got into Diamond Head after listening to the Metallica versions of Am I Evil & the Prince for countless (maybe 10) years. After going through and getting all the original versions of those Garage Days songs, I couldn’t believe I didn’t try earlier.
      They’re pretty good, pretty prettty pretty good.