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Raven

An early and influential band in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, Raven were a group whose lean, tough sound helped anticipate the rise of thrash metal, though they preferred to describe their energetic and physical sound as "athletic rock," inspired in part by their habit of wearing sports gear on-stage. Raven were formed in Newcastle, England in 1974 by brothers Mark Gallagher (guitar, backing vocals) and John Gallagher (bass, lead vocals). Teaming with guitarist Paul Bowden, the three musicians spent months working out songs before they recruited drummer Paul Sherrif and began playing out. In 1976, Mike "Mick" Kenworthy replaced Sherrif behind the drums, and a year later Sean Taylor was the group's new timekeeper. Pete Shore signed on as Raven's new guitarist in 1979 after Bowden left the group, and Rob "Wacko" Hunter took over on drums from Taylor later the same year.

By this time, the group had become a frequent attraction at rock clubs in the North of England, and Neat Records, an upstart independent metal label in Newcastle, approached the band about making a record. Released in 1981, Rock Until You Drop was not only Raven's debut album, it was the first single-artist LP from Neat Records, and by the time it was released, Raven had returned to power trio status after the departure of Pete Shore. After releasing Wiped Out in 1982, Raven signed an American record deal with Megaforce Records, and in support of their first release for the label, 1983's All for One, they toured the U.S. for the first time; their opening act was a young thrash metal group from California called Metallica.

In 1985, Raven relocated to New York City and landed a new recording contract with Atlantic Records. Their first album for the label, Stay Hard, was a commercial success, but many fans felt that the album (as well as its follow-up, 1986's The Pack Is Back) was too polished and lacked the impact of their early work. Released in 1987, Life's a B**ch was widely seen as a return to form, but it was also Raven's last album for Atlantic. Nothing Exceeds Like Excess was released by the independent Combat label in 1988, and also introduced Raven's new drummer, Joe Hasselvander, formerly of Pentagram. While Combat soon went under, Raven had struck up a strong relationship with the German label SPV, and they continued to record and tour through the '90s, releasing three albums (1991's Architect of Fear, 1994's Glow, and 1997's Everything Louder) and touring frequently through Europe, Japan, and the United States.

Raven continued to tour, and released One for All in 2000, but the group was forced to take several years off when Mark Gallagher's legs were crushed after a wall collapsed on him. Determined to keep playing, in 2004 Gallagher and his bandmates staged an American tour where Mark played in a wheelchair. By 2006, Gallagher had recovered, and the band was back on the road. A studio album, Walk Through Fire, appeared in 2009, and in 2014 the hard-touring Raven crossed paths with their old friends Metallica, opening for the metal stars at a show in São Paulo, Brazil in front of a crowd of 70,000. In 2015, Raven once again emerged from the studio with a new album, ExtermiNation. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: All For One

1. Take Control

2. Mind Over Metal

3. Sledgehammer Rock

4. All For One

5. Run Silent Run Deep

6. Hung, Drawn & Quartered

7. Break The Chain

8. Take It Away

9. Seek And Destroy

10. Athletic Rock

11. Born To Be Wild

12. The Ballad Of Marshall Stack

13. Inquisitor

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Track List: Wiped Out

1. Faster Than The Speed Of Light

2. Bring The Hammer Down

3. Fire Power

4. Read All About It

5. To The Limit / To The Top

6. Battle Zone

7. Live At The Inferno

8. Star War

9. UXB

10. 20/21

11. Hold Back The Fire

12. Chain Saw

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Track List: Rock Until You Drop

1. Hard Ride

2. Hell Patrol

3. Don't Need Your Money

7. Rock Until You Drop

11. Tyrant Of The Airways

12. Wiped Out

13. Inquisitor

14. Crazy World

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Track List: ExtermiNation

1. Intro/Destroy All Monsters

2. Tomorrow

3. It's Not What You Got

4. Fight

5. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)

6. Feeding The Monster

7. Fire Burns Within

8. Scream

9. One More Day

10. Thunder Down Under

11. No Surrender

12. Golden Dawn

13. Silver Bullet

14. River Of No Return

15. Malice In Geordieland

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john.r.sober
@bobonnit They weren't clichés in 1982... they were original ideas.
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Just another group of noisemakers hacking out every possible metal musical cliche'. Thumbs down losers
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raven rules
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On and On and On and On and On!
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jkinney2311
Raven was a Powerhouse back in the day. saw them a couple times back in Detroit. SOLID AS A ROCK WITH YOUR SWORD IN THE AIR
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Their original drummer Rob "Wacko" Hunter is now a producer and engineer that has worked with jazz great Branford Marsalis.
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Raven Rocks!
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Love Raven! Totally under appreciated!
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these aren't metal's glory days I fear...
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Well???
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Death to posers...I mean it!
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It was cool!
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In a dream!
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I mean POE told me!
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"Check out RAVEN'S latest release" POE said
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guitarguts1
They just played in Baltimore 2 wks ago. And I hung out with the band. Their new album kills. So does One for All from 10yrs ago. go see my youtube page. John still can scream his a** off. youtube.com/ g u i t a r g u t s 6 6 6
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rdwrichardr7 0
these guys are old school i jamed the crap out of them trust me many a good night!!!
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I GREW UP TO RAVEN, THEY STILL ROCK!
IF YOU LIKE RAVEN, CHECK OUT: SCARRYGARRYS H O W . C O M

I LOVE METAL!
S.G.
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These guys are true pioneers of thrash and speed metal!!!
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I remember the guitarist running and sliding around the stage. and some mutant midget was picking up the drum pieces that were getting kicked around. Man, it was wild! aWhere is LIfe is a B**ch, that album had some anthems and some wailing like no other album!!!!!!!
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One of the most amazing metal bands of the early eighties.

Seeing them live was a blast too.

Terry
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puts the dick in ridiculous
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Raven STILL GOING STRONG AND STILL KICKING A**, ONE OF THE BEST BANDS TO COME OUT OF ENGLAND.
KATON
http://www.h i r a x . o r g
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this is wow not cool

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