RAVEN

***Seminal Heavy Metal Trio’s Superlative ‘Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg’ Album Released January 18th On Steamhammer / SPV ***

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Raven have confirmed the release of an extraordinary live album, ‘Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg’, on January 18th on Steamhammer / SPV as a digipak CD (+ poster), double gatefold red vinyl (with printed inner sleeves + CD in paper sleeve), download and stream.

‘Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg’ contains 11 pure crack-shot heavy metal live cuts recorded at Raven’s massively acclaimed concert in Aalborg, Denmark, in November 2017. On fire and blissfully unaware that the gig was being recorded, the trio put in one of the best performances of their lives. “We were surprised of course, since nobody had informed us of this beforehand”, John Gallagher explains. “We had a flash drive with the recording delivered to us and when we checked it, we realised that – barring some small technical problems – we had a truly magical live recording on our hands. It was a near perfect concert thanks to the great atmosphere inside the hall and our out of control attitude – since, you know, we weren’t aware the show was being recorded.”

“The live recording is truly exceptional”, Gallagher continues; “There were merely one or two small issues, which are bound to happen at a live show such as this: Some irregularities with one of the microphones, and I broke a bass string during the second song of the evening, during ‘Hell Patrol’ actually. Fortunately, both problems could be resolved and we’re able to present a virtually perfect Raven concert to our fans.”

The fact that they had put in a performance of their lives was all the more amazing given the setback that occurred to the band in the spring of 2017. Shortly before the start of their US tour, Raven’s long-standing drummer Joe Hasselvander suffered a heart attack, putting an end to his active music career. After a few temporary replacements, it was quickly decided that Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy) would be Raven’s new drummer. “Mike rocks”, Gallagher enthuses, “for our first performance, we could not rehearse with him because of the tight schedule. We just discussed the songs for 30 minutes and … boom! … he played the set practically without mistakes and he’s a such a breath of fresh air to the band. It’s clear from the way he picks up the pace how much he enjoys being with Raven. In some of his former bands, he was limited in the way he played, with us, he’s completely at liberty to improvise and go crazy!”

This delight in playing is clearly reflected in every single note on ‘Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg’. Two superpowered songs from their newest, universally acclaimed studio album, ‘ExtermiNation’, are included; ‘Destroy All Monsters’ (Gallagher: “An incredible live song, which we play, like, ten times as fast on stage as in a studio”) and ‘Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)’, along with songs we haven’t heard from Raven in many years: “I believe ‘Hell Patrol’ hasn’t been in one of our set lists in 15 years. The same goes for ‘Hung Drawn & Quartered” we haven’t played that one in a very long time. It was a lot of fun to come back to those songs again.”

Contemplating any comparisons with the new ‘Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg’ and earlier Raven live recordings, Gallagher reflects that “We have of course gotten better and better on a technical level over the years. Also, on ‘Destroy All Monsters/Live in Japan’ (1996), you can clearly hear that I was wrestling with voice issues due to a bout of laryngitis. And if you compare ‘Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg’ with ‘Live In The Inferno’ from 1984, it almost seems as if we had taken sedatives back then”, Gallagher says laughingly and concludes: “The Aalborg recording matches the energy which Raven is exuding 100 percent. It’s the best representation of us as a live band yet.”

Line-Up: 

John Gallagher (bass, vocals)

Mark Gallagher (guitars)

Mike Heller (drums

www.ravenlunatics.com / www.spv.de

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