The new tracks are all over-the-top Raven lunacy. Great heavy metal! The live tracks are excellent as well. There is also a Japanese version of this that supposedly has a different track listing. Will have to keep an eye out for that one.
Once again, thanks to my brother of metal Olaf for hooking me up. Well, what do you know, a Raven CD I had not heard of. This disc is a special release from Metal Hammer, a popular magazine in Europe. Most would say this was the band's best material, and I would not disagree. Raven - Glow SPV If you read my bio on this sight, you know that n the early 's I lost track of what was going on in metal.
Despite the fact that Raven were one of my favorite bands, I had lost track of them. After getting over my self righteous attitude about music, I began searching for the old Raven albums again. Their version of "The Rocker" is excellent, although not as over the top as their version of "Born to Be Wild" One of the greatest cover songs ever!
To my delight, the whole disc is quite good. Much better than what I expected actually. The raw Raven heavy metal sound is back, although the production is much cleaner than their earlier albums and overall, the band has found a nice ballance of raw aggression and melody. There are a few slower songs that are actually quite good as well. I was surprised at how much I like this disc right off the band. Over the years since I purchased this CD I have listened to it quite often and it has become one of my favorites.
I might even go so far as to say that this is my favorite CD from their 's releases. Wallop" 4. Break the Chain" I'm not sure I like this one as much as I like "Live at the Inferno" but I haven't lived with this one as long either, so nostalgia could be a factor in that. One thing for sure is that at times John's voice sounds a bit tired on this disc.
Still the energy factor is high. The selection of songs is excellent as well. As a matter of fact, I found it interesting that Raven didn't play any of their more commercial late 80's material, but rather focused on the first three albums then skipped over to some of their excellent 90's material from "Glow" and "Architect of Fear. Every guitar squeak, rim shot, and vocal crack is there, just like you were there for the performance.
Sometimes this doesn't work, depending on the band, but for Raven it works well as overpolishing usually destroys their charisma.
According to the liner notes, this disc was recorded live in the studio. It seems to me that Raven sound best when recorded like this. Raven's first three albums, which many consider to be their best, were all recorded this way. Raw, raunchy, back-to-basics heavy metal! I know many people have dismissed this band due to some of their more commercial recordings in the late 80's, but when a band returns to greatness, why not return to them?
The bonus track? Well this is what John Gallagher has to say on the Raven website: "the "bonus" is from a rehearsal tape i found.. Raven - Raw Tracks Massacre A nice collection of demos, live cuts, and unreleased material.
The sound quality is as the title suggests but is actually quite good for the most part, especially considering some of this stuff was from bootlegs. Still, overall this disc is very listenable. I've said it before, but Raven are one of those bands that sound best when heard in their most raw form. That is what this disc is-Raw Raven!
Nice booklet complete with lyrics, notes about the songs, and tons of photos. Raven's sound has not really changed much over the years, with the exception of a few attempts at commercialism in the mid 80's. John Gallagher is the brother of "Mark Gallagher" who is also a band-member of the Raven band. Both John and Mark Gallagher have spent their entire musical career since with the Raven band. It was released in This album "The Pack is Back" is the fifth full-length album by the English heavy metal band Raven, released in It is their last album on NEAT records, after which they signed up with the Megaforce record company.
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Mind Over Metal 3. Sledgehammer Rock 4. All For One 5. Run Silent, Run Deep 6. Hung, Drawn and Quartered 7. Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Belgian Singles Chart Flanders . Dutch Singles Chart . Irish Singles Chart . Luxembourg Radio Luxembourg . New Zealand Singles Chart .All for One is the third full-length album by the British heavy metal band Raven, released in Take Control Mind Over Metal Sledgehammer Rock 0.