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RAVEN - Walk Through Fire

 

 

Are Raven the UK equivalent of Canada’s Anvil? Well, they were at the forefront of the NWOBHM/Speed metal explosion, they were hugely influential amongst the next wave of bands to follow, and their career fizzled out after bad business decisions, leaving them to spend years in the wilderness, so there are parallels.

 

Mark Gallagher still boasts a voice like an air raid siren lined with razor wire, and the band – nowadays featuring Joe Hasselvander on drums, replacing legendary madman Wacko! – are razor sharp, pealing off riffs and solos and galloping drums like their life depended on it.

 

Raven might be best summed up as sounding like an amphetamine wired Motorhead wearing barbed wire and playing at double speed – they are bone crunchingly heavy, and quite rightly billed as the Godfathers of Thrash.

 

Armaggedon, Breaking you Down, Attitude and Train Wreck are amongst the high points here – the intro to the former sounds like the Four Horsemen themselves are playing at a black mass - but over 15 songs there is a little bit of filler, and things slow down a little after halfway for a couple of songs.

 

They don’t stay bogged down for long, though, and the last three songs charge to the finish line like a division of Panzer tanks with a strict deadline. I am a big fan of the first clutch of Raven albums, and it feels great to know they are back and on form.


Shane