Raven are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet! Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England back in 1974, the brothers Gallagher cut their teeth playing the pubs & clubs until solidifying their line up in 1980 with drummer Rob Hunter. The trio went on to release three of the most influential metal albums of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) on the Neat records label which in turn inspired every band of that era and beyond. Basically, without Raven you just would not have thrash/speed metal…. after all, the band did give Metallica & Anthrax their first tours!
Raven’s “three musketeers” have had an exciting 2014 – opening for Metallica (the band Raven took on their first tour back in 1983) in Sao Paulo in front of 70,000 fans, and completing a 43 date headlining USA tour – not to mention completing their finest album to date – ExtermiNation” slated to release worldwide on SPV! This album combines the melody/chaos/musicianship/lunacy that defines the band with songs that are simply the best they have done in decades.
Gearing up for the release, Metal Wani’s Editor In Chief Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi had a chat with legendary John Gallagher Of Raven. He discusses new album “Extermination”, songwriting, why he thinks Meshuggah is a ‘stupid’ band, his opinion on Djent/Modern metal scene, his opinion on modern drummers using triggers, upcoming tours and much more.
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