So, today I woke up to new music from Raven in my inbox, I already know it's going to be a good day. I know not a lot of 19 year olds are super into Raven, but when I was about 12 I discovered them through Ian Christe's book on metal and I've never looked back. I am proud to report that their new record, ExtermiNation sees the band at their best, ripping off skulls and kicking off pits with 'athletic metal' at its finest. These guys are here for your head, so prepare yourself for a metal meltdown done old school.
One thing that struck me almost immediately about this record is the quality of the drumming, it just sounds grreat and provides a wonderful backdrop for the Gallagher brothers to strut their stuff. Crazed rock 'n roll riffs that dominate from the first show us that Raven haven't lost it. These guys have managed to invoke the feeling that their 80s records gave off and get you headbanging and bopping for many a spin. Sure, ExtermiNation could have a track or two trimmed, but there is no truly bad music on this record, and Raven don't stop bringing the heavy metal thunder, in fact, the albums closer River Of No Return is one of the strongest on the record.
So dive in and feel the rock and roll rhythms that many say were left behind. Not content to be mere 80s relics, Raven have come up with one of their strongest releases to date leaving me with my fist in the air and a smile on my face. With chunky riffs that are way too fun to listen too and a sound that is a bit more polished (in a good way) than their 80s output, Raven have really come into their own. Speaking as a long time fan of the band I feel that ExtermiNation proves that these guys may still have their strongest material ahead of them.
Find them on Facebook!