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NWOBHM Legends Raven Announce 2017 Tour Dates

If you love live concerts and crave a dose of the pure unadultered Heavy Metal, then there is perhaps no place better to start than with the legendary Raven. The band has just announced a string of dates and I’ve thrown in all together for your awareness – Read on.

The Press Release:
NWoBHM legends RAVEN announce the first live dates for 2017. The band is excited to go back on the road again:

“Hi there…after a longer than expected break RAVEN are ready & raring to get out on the road again…a quick warm up in the USA will be following by a Euro tour with old friends Hirax opening & we shall also be hitting the European festival
circuit hard in 2017 – and squeeze in a USA tour – and working on South America & some more exotic locales!!! LETS ALL KICK SOME ASS!!!” (John, Mark & Joe)

RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet! The current album “ExtermiNation” was released in April 2015 as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version, download and stream through SPV/Steamhammer.
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Raven: Live Photos @ Nihil Gallery (8/28/2015)

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Raven was delivering a kick-ass set at an art/pub/event space known as Nihil Gallery. Here is our photo gallery from the performance.

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Raven by Ken Pierce (2015)

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Raven by Ken Pierce (2015)

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Raven Announces US “Destroy All Monsters” Tour 2015

A little while ago the email announcing the upcoming tour for the mighty Raven hit my mailbox and since we love talking about concert tours on the website I have copied the press release and the poster for you to be in the know as well. Check it out.

Tour - Raven - Summer 2015

The Press Release:
NWOBHM legends RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals you can cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet! Thus will be the case when RAVEN returns to the road in North America supporting their latest release ExtermiNation. The tour kicks off August 27th in Baltimore, MD and runs through September 9th in Vienna, VA. A complete list of dates can be found below.
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Ross The Boss & Raven @ Club Europa (8/28/2009)

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Ross The Boss, original and founding guitarist of the mighty Manowar but now we could see what he has been up to with this Brooklyn gig. The show would find him hitting the borough with NWOBHM legends Raven and newcomers White Wizzard and Zandelle and if the pre-show announcements were correct he would be playing a lot of classic Manowar. Based on all of these factors I wanted to see as much of this show as possible so while I missed the very first band I arrived in time to see Zandelle.

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Artist: Ross The Boss
Venue: Club Europa (Brooklyn, NY)
Opener: Raven, White Wizzard, Zandelle
Date: 8/28/2009
Label: Candlelight Records

Metal would make a stop in Brooklyn this evening as former Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss rallied into action with new troops under his command to deliver a crushing set of classic Manowar and material from his new release “New Metal Leader”. When you add to the mix the insanity of NWOBHM’s own Raven and a couple of other talented bands then this was sure to be a night that all in attendance would come away with special memories of. The show was at the Europa night club in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and it’s not a space that I get to all that often. The last time I was here was when the undead rocker Wednesday 13 made an appearance back in 2007, but since Ross and Raven would only be playing here for this region I knew that I had to be on point and see what the night delivered for the sake of the genre. I walked in just as local boys Zandelle were playing and had apparently missed the first band up by a few minutes which was a shame since I had curiosity about everyone who was playing this evening.
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“All For One” by Raven

Artist: Raven
Title: “All for One” – Remastered
Label: Spitfire Records
Release Date: 8/8/2000
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

In the early years of Spitfire Records existence they began to bring back some of Heavy Metal’s most popular releases from some of the world’s most interesting artists. One band who brings back Metal’s early years was Raven and this remaster of “All For One” is a fantastic take on the band. Those who were fans will tell you that this is probably the bands magnum opus or most favored release. The music of Raven was pure and solid and from a time when Heavy Metal was not Hard Rock and still a far cry from some of what would follow in the path (Glam Rock, Thrash Metal, Death Metal etc). The group was made up of the Gallagher Brothers (Mark and John on guitar/vocals and bass) who were supplemented by the maniacal drumming of Rob “Wacko” Hunter. Hunter was most known for his donning of a hockey mask for shows and he also was prone to slamming his head into the drums during performances. Mark Gallagher was a good guitarist by the standards of some others and had a scream that would break glass if you had it too loud. The album itself is full of the best head banging material that one could find from this era in the genre. Among the standout tracks are “All For One”, “Run Silent Run Deep”, and “Mind Over Metal”. It’s incredibly tame by today’s standards of the form but without the early adventurers the artists of today would not have anything to inspire them.
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