• Jason Hesley

Music Video Premiere: "Metal City" by Raven

British/American metal trio RAVEN has released the official music video for the title track of its upcoming album, "Metal City". The LP is due on September 18 via SPV/Steamhammer as a CD digipak, LP, bundle version with shirt (only at the Steamhammer shop), download and stream.

RAVEN's English brothers John (bass, vocals) and Mark Gallagher (guitar) brothers have dedicated the "Metal City" title track to their former hometown.

"Newcastle upon Tyne has been referred to as 'Metal City' for good reason," they say. "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."

It's often small things that can give powerful impetus to a musician's creativity. In the case of USA-based metal trio RAVEN, it was the unanimously positive reactions to their 2015 release "ExtermiNation", and, of course, the arrival of drummer Mike Heller (he joined the fold in summer 2017 to replace Joe Hasselvander, who had left the band due to health issues), which has resulted in an awesome new album.

"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," John says. "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."

"Metal City" track listing:

01. The Power 02. Top of the Mountain 03. Human Race 04. Metal City

05. Battlescarred

06. Cybertron

07. Motorheadin'

08. Not So Easy

09. Break

10. When Worlds Collide


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