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Raven

Raven were considered one of the brightest hopes in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but bad decisions and musical inconsistency would de-rail their once-promising career, turning the trio into just another small -- albeit important -- footnote for this important genre.

Raven formed in late 70's Newcastle, England by brothers Mark (guitar) and John Gallagher (bass/vocals) along with drummer Rob "Wacko" Hunter. Signing with independent Neat Records, the trio joined labelmates Venom in laying the groundwork for what would become known as thrash metal by picking up where '70 ...read more

Raven were considered one of the brightest hopes in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but bad decisions and musical inconsistency would de-rail their once-promising career, turning the trio into just another small -- albeit important -- footnote for this important genre.

Raven formed in late 70's Newcastle, England by brothers Mark (guitar) and John Gallagher (bass/vocals) along with drummer Rob "Wacko" Hunter. Signing with independent Neat Records, the trio joined labelmates Venom in laying the groundwork for what would become known as thrash metal by picking up where '70s noisemongers Motorhead had left off. Not as satanically-inclined or downright silly as Venom, Raven were much better musicians and played with the raw energy and reckless power that epitomized the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. As the movement approached its peak in 1981, Raven rode its crest with the self-labeled "athletic rock" of their album, Rock Until You Drop, still considered a classic of the genre.

Subsequent Neat releases -- Wiped Out, All for One and Live at the Inferno -- weren't quite as focused but helped the band solidify their fan-base and attract the attention of Atlantic Records. Unfortunately, signing with the major record company marked the turning point of Raven's fortunes as 1985's disappointing Stay Hard saw the band opting for an overtly commercial direction. Raven gradually relinquished their pop-metal aspirations, but by the time they attempted a full return to their roots with 1988's Nothing Exceeds Like Excess, their momentum had been irretrievably lost, along with drummer Wacko. The group has continued to record throughout the '90s on a variety of independent labels with new drummer Joey Hassewander, without anything close to mainstream success. « hide


LPs
Walk Through Fire
2009

4
8 Votes
One for All
2000

3.9
4 Votes
Everything Louder
1997

3.2
3 Votes
Glow
1994

3.2
5 Votes
Architect of Fear
1991

3.9
6 Votes
Nothing Exceeds Like Excess
1988

3.7
10 Votes
LifeĀ“s A Bitch
1987

3.5
10 Votes
The Pack Is Back
1986

1.9
5 Votes
Stay Hard
1985

2.8
8 Votes
All for One
1983

4
30 Votes
Wiped Out
1982

4.1
29 Votes
Rock Until You Drop
1981

4.1
30 Votes
EPs
Heads Up
1992

Mad
1986

2.5
1 Votes
Live Albums
Destroy All Monsters/Live In Japan
1996

Live At The Inferno
1984

2.9
4 Votes
Compilations
All Systems Go - The Neat Anthology
2002

Raw Tracks
1999

Mind Over Metal
1993

3.5
1 Votes
The Devil's Carrion
1985


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