Melodic metal quintet The Raven Age announce Exile, out September 17th via Explore1 Music Group/EX1 Records. The new album is a beautifully curated selection of songs featuring 11 tracks including two new original songs, plus fan favourites from their 2019 release Conspiracy as well as hand-picked live tracks from tours in front of massive audiences in Chile, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.
“The concept for Exile is something we had been toying with for a while,” says vocalist Matt James. “We had done alternate acoustic style versions of songs before and the response was so positive it made us think about doing a whole album this way! Obviously, The Raven Age is first and foremost a metal band but due to the melodic nature of our songs they can lend themselves to this kind of treatment. We were pleasantly surprised how great so many of the songs sounded stripped back to their bare bones.”
He continues, “Each reimagined song has now taken on a new life of its own and gives the listener a completely different perspective from them. The two new tracks ‘Wait For Me’ and ‘No Man’s Land’ were a homage to this project’s concept and we hope it shows people the band’s versatility and different dimensions. Exile is a passion project for our fans in between albums and with the current climate of the planet, it gave us the perfect excuse to roll with it!”
Track one and lead single ‘No Man’s Land’ is out today with an accompanying lyric video here. Guitarist George Harris recalls on writing the track, “’No Man’s Land’ is a song reflective of the mental state I was in when everything hit at the start of 2020. The band had a huge couple of years touring wise and had built up so much momentum, the morale in the camp was higher than ever before. Our last gig of 2019 was at the London O2 arena alongside Alter Bridge and Shinedown, so to go from those heights to nothing was devastating for us.”
“We’re at the stage in our careers where we rely on that momentum and buzz to keep us reaching forward, and to have the rug pulled from underneath us left us in a state of limbo where we suddenly didn’t know if everything we’d built so far and worked so hard for was all for nothing.”
The Raven Age have also announced their streaming event ‘The Year The World Stood Still’. The show will be taking place on Thursday September 16th, in celebration of Exile’s release. With the ongoing pandemic complicating travel plans, the band wanted to ensure that fans all around the globe could experience the Exile premiere first-hand. The band will be accompanied by a string quartet and pianist and the night will include a live Q&A session with The Raven Age. Tickets for ‘The Year The World Stood Still’ are available now here.
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” – The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven Age are as brilliantly catchy as they are deviously heavy, delicately balancing classic and modern metal influences with an alt-rock twist. Their latest opus traps lightning in a bottle and laces cinematic flavours within concrete heaviness in a way very few have done before – dragging the listener deeper and deeper inside their dark dystopian reality. Truth be told, this is a band that are every bit as explosive as a blockbuster movie.
The proof, as they say, is always in the pudding. With the success of their latest album Conspiracy reaching over 30 million streams worldwide, putting out a Top 30 Billboard Radio track, and storming UK arenas opening for Alter Bridge & Shinedown, The Raven Age have risen to every challenge thrown their way and look primed for metal glory. Get ready for the year of the Raven.
The Raven Age is; Matt James (vocals), George Harris (guitar), Tony Maue (guitar), Matt Cox (bass), Jai Patel (drums)