With their new album Raven carry the torch, or flying V, for metal into the future.
Excuse the pun but Amazon has been flooded with orders for this new offering from Raven. Why ? Well the word is out.
The Chief Headbangers have tooled up heavy and fired an opening three track strike. No time to waste. Only time to kill. The band don’t attempt to keep their powder dry at any moment on the album. Live rounds to the end. Check out the Human Race sequence drop at 2 minutes in. One of the defining moments on this album is right there. Raven are carrying the torch, or flying V, for metal into the future.
New single Metal City with a glorious big chorus is quickly followed by a ballsy, catchy Battlescarred, with a cry of ‘Raise your hands, to the sky, stand and fall, You and I’. Added to a Gallagher trademark scream the song builds and reaches out for better times. Surely a future live favourite?
Slick, tricky guitar from Mark Gallagher with balanced precision drumming by Mike Heller rattle and crunch tracks and pound them into submission. It’s all tightly packed like a mighty coiled spring. There’s even a Motorhead/Lemmy tribute – nice touch lads!
The wide and expansive closer, When Worlds Collide with ‘You meet your maker on the other side’ has turned a potential plod into a triumph. The trio look back over Metal City and watch the sun set. Credits roll.
On this evidence Raven consolidate their title of Chief Headbangers.
Gary Alikivi September 2020.