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    Raven 'Metal City' Album Review By JD Rich

    Raven

    Metal City

    SPV/Steamhammer

    Released: September 18, 2020

    Album Review By JD Rich

    Boston Rock Radio

     

     

     

    Strap in and hang on, kids. This album is one hell of a ride! I’m referring to the newest studio release by unconventional legend Raven, Metal City. For those of you looking for something smooth and serene to chill with on a crisp autumn day, you have the wrong number. I’m sorry, but there’s nothing here that goes by the name smooth (or serene, for that matter). Just back away slowly, don’t make any sudden moves, and don’t slam the door behind you. Established Raven fans know where I’m coming from.​

     

    Metal City joins the roster of Raven’s lengthy discography of frenzied energy and biting perspective. Fans may be aware of the band’s chaotic history and harrowing events which contribute to their ruthless approach to metal. The unspoken philosophy of fast, hard, and loud has been ratcheted up to a level of explosiveness that, quite frankly, I’m surprised my speakers didn’t melt into puddles of goo.

     

    Listening to the EP, I caught hints of inspiration drawn from the glory days of New Wave Heavy Metal, both British and U.S.: Dio, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Helloween, and the likes. Update those sounds with a bit of Thrash Metal/Metalcore, and you’re on the right track to understanding the overall feel of Metal City. No rest, no mercy, no time to take a breath. Once the first track (“The Power”) launches, you’re in. There’s no turning back. All 10 songs are about insane high energy, unforgiving power riffs joined by perpetually super-sonic drums, and elastic vocals that cover the entire musical range.

     

    ​What makes this even more impressive is that all of the intensity contained in Metal City was created by just three guys! Gallagher brothers John and Mark (no, not the Oasis boys) teamed up with Fear Factory drummer Mike Heller. Together, they kick the ever-loving crap out of any band who thinks screaming into a mic and haphazardly ripping across guitar strings is a way to make music. At first, Raven may sound like they’re blasting out chaos, but listen closer. The astute Metal aficionado may detect an intricately designed audio path, orchestrated to lock the listener in and never let up until the ride is over. But...is it really ever over? There’s only one way to find out for yourself. Metal City is open for business, and the best part is you don’t have to wear a mask when you visit!

     

      

     

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    The​ Gallagher​ brothers have devoted the title track to their British home city:​ “Newcastle upon Tyne has been referred to as Metal City for good reason. We come from there for a start. But it’s about a mindset, the people there have a tenacity and an ability to go beyond the limits to get to where they are going.” You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/jtKKmm6ibOM

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