- Raven (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Raven
Img_capt = Raven performing live in 2008.
L–R: John Gallagher, Mark Gallagher,
Img_size = 250
Landscape = yes
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Newcastle,
England, United Kingdom
Genre = Heavy metal,
Hard rock, Speed metal
Years_active = 1975–present
Label = Neat, Megaforce, Atlantic, Combat
URL = [http://www.ravenlunatics.com/ ravenlunatics.com]
Current_members = John Gallagher
Past_members = Rob "Wacko" Hunter
Raven formed in 1975 in Newcastle,
England, by brothers John Gallagher and Mark Gallagher. Raven quickly set the pace for the burgeoning metal renaissance in the United Kingdomat the time.
Raven began creating a sound which was rooted in British
hard rock, with progressive rocktendencies, and a willingness to take musical chances. The band's highly-energized live show and interaction between band members developed an image and style of play-the-band, described as "athletic". They began wearing guards, helmets, and plates from various sports (hockey, baseball, etc...), and incorporating them into the playing of their instruments (for instance, elbow pads and hockey masks were used to strike cymbals for a unique performance angle).
They also opened for punk bands
the Stranglersand the Motors.
Eventually, the band signed with
Neat Records, the legendary, low-budget metal label of the Northlands. They released "Rock Until You Drop" in 1981, and " Wiped Out" in 1982, making an impressive showing on the UK charts at the time.
Sufficient noise was made for the American market to take notice and
New Jersey's Megaforce Recordssigned them, issuing their next recording in the States as "All for One" in 1983. The band came stateside in 1983, and toured extensively with Megaforce bands Metallicaand Anthrax, both of whom would gain a place of prominence in the growing thrash metalmovement.
Manager/Megaforce founder Johnny Zazula believed that Raven was major-label material, and kept them touring constantly until the big labels noticed. The infamous "
Live at the Inferno" recording, released in 1984, was a product of one of those tours. Atlantic Recordssigned Raven to a worldwide contract after a minor bidding war (major label contracts would follow for Metallica and Anthrax in the following year). The band moved its permanent base from Newcastle to New York.
Stay Hard" was released in 1985, and proved a minor hit on the strength of single/video "On and On". The Atlantic years proved to be less-than-stellar for the band. A drastic shift in a more commercial direction came at the label's behest, with many die-hard fans being alienated by the slick, lightweight production of " The Pack Is Back" (effectively marketing the band with their weird musical forays, and confusing image was likely very difficult). However, the band recorded two more studio albums and the "Mad" EP before being let go by Atlantic.
After the tour for "
Life's a Bitch", Rob "Wacko" Hunter left the band in 1988 to spend more time with his new wife and family. He would later pursue a career in audio production and engineering, eventually working with jazz greats Branford Marsalisand Harry Connick, Jr..
Joe Hasselvander(ex-Pentagram) joined as drummer in 1988, and the band dropped the outlandish image for a more conventional denim-and-leather look for their 1988 release " Nothing Exceeds Like Excess". After, the advent of grunge and the dissolution of their record label Combat Recordsled the band to concentrate on continental Europeand Japan, where they retained more of a following.
The band recorded and toured until 2001, when a wall collapsed on guitarist Mark Gallagher, crushing his legs. Raven went on hiatus for nearly 5 years, from 2001–2006, while the guitarist rehabilitated, thought Raven never officially disbanded. As of 2006, Raven is touring with a new release in the works. [ [http://www.nolifetilmetal.com/raven.htm No Life 'til Metal - CD Gallery - Raven] ]
*John Gallagher – bass, lead vocals (1975–present)
*Mark Gallagher – guitars (1975–present)
Joe Hasselvander– drums (1988–present)
*Rob "Wacko" Hunter – drums (1979–1988)
*Paul Bowden – guitars (1975–1979)
*Sean Taylor – drums (1977–1979)
*Pete Shore – guitars (1979–1980)
*Mick Kenworthy – drums (1976–1977)
*Paul Sherrif – drums (1975–1976)
*"Rock Until You Drop" (1981)
Wiped Out" (1982)
*"All for One" (1983)
Stay Hard" (1985)
The Pack Is Back" (1986)
*"Life's a Bitch" (1987)
Nothing Exceeds Like Excess" (1988)
Architect of Fear" (1991)
*"Everything Louder" (1997)
*"One for All" (2000)
Live at the Inferno" (1984)
Destroy All Monsters/Live in Japan" (1996)
*"Unreleased Tracks" (1990)
Raw Tracks" (1999)
*"All Systems Go!: The Neat Anthology" (2002)
*"Heads Up!" (1991)
* [http://www.ravenlunatics.com Official website]
* [http://www.clayford.net/raven.html Magazine clippings of Raven]
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