Raven, comprised of English brothers John and Mark Gallagher, continue to dominate with their 14th studio record release. It was the positive reactions to their 2015 album ExtermiNation, which resulted in the creation of ‘Metal City’. However, moving on without drummer Joe Hasselvander wasn’t something taken lightly.
Mike Heller joined the fold in summer 2017 to replace Joe Hasselvander, who had left the band due to health issues. “Our initial goal was just to raise the bar once more. We did a good job on ExtermiNation and decided we just wanted more of everything next time,” said John Gallagher. “However things changed once we got Mike on board. Attitude and tempos got revved up a lot! Mike is a ball of energy. He has a good ear and is a big fan of the early albums, especially the crazy feel. He’s kicked us into a higher gear where we feel that we can play anything and everything we write with no restrictions.”
RAVEN interview with Scotty J
Gallagher’s explanations ring with pure, unadulterated musical enthusiasm and passion, so curtain up for Metal City, which sees Raven deliver ten songs with no holds barred. Metal City will be available on Steamhammer/SPV from September 18th, 2020 on CD, vinyl LP and as digital stream/download.
Errant thoughts on ‘Metal City’ by RAVEN – A Rock Titan Music Review written by Scotty J
The Power – It’s nice to kick things off with SPEED! Raven stays true to their roots and don’t appear to have missed a beat.
Top of The Mountain – This right here is as classic heavy metal as you’ll ever hear. If you were coming for something else go elsewhere.
Human Race – Wow! Every heavy metal band from the 80’s just got left in the dust! The more things change the more they stay the same. We’re staying right here in the heart of heavy metal!
Top of The Mountain – Lyric Video
Metal City – I Love it! Just more of the same. It’s unapologetic metal!
Battlescarred – If you have held hard to your classic heavy metal roots then you are in heaven. These guys just stay true to the brand.
Cybertron – I think back to my Transformers roots. However I couldn’t see this being part of any cartoon or movie I ever knew. Just metal to the core.
Motorheadin’ – Surely this must be a tribute to Lemmy and company? While there’s no replicating Lemmy, I’m sure the man himself would have enjoyed this track.
Not so Easy – I cant help but think these guys would be the pride of Europe right now. At this stage of the album, we’d be looking at gold status in the USA in the 80’s. Today such music just isn’t appreciated enough.
Metal City – Official Video
Break – So here we are with “Break”! I’m amazed at how short all these songs are? Like there was a conscious decision to be metal a.d.d. friendly. No song is too long nor too short. Just passionate classic metal.
When World Collide – Kind of surprising they went the slowest paced song for the last track. That said it remains throw down metal!
Talk about a case of the “F”-its! Raven stays true to their roots and crushes it! There’s no stage they don’t deserve. It’s hard to believe that ‘Metal City’ is studio album 14 for these guys. John and Mark clearly have a special bond when it comes to their music. Let’s hope #15 isn’t too far away.
Rock Titan gives ‘Metal City’ a solid ???????? of 10
The new studio album “Metal City” will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on September 18th, 2020 as CD DigiPak, LP version, bundle version with shirt (only at the Steamhammer shop), download and stream: https://Ravenlunatics.lnk.to/MetalCity