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Live at the Inferno

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  • The back cover of this album shows drummer Wacko! about to hurl his kick drum into a ravenous audience…they would be oblivious to the pain because the show was a pure adrenalin rush. Raven’s first live document is a vicarious experience– you feel as if you are one with the crowd. The set is full of mayhem-inciting metal of yester-year, when all that mattered was if the song pounded you into aural submission. Vocalist John Gallagher has pipes from hell. He seems to be able to sustain notes for minutes as he shrieks, moans, and growls for a wildly approving audience. All 3 of the musicians that comprise this power-trio are very gifted, and all seem to have colorful personalities, further enhancing an already tremendous live output. “Live at the Inferno” is one of the greatest live pure metal documents– grab it before it’s out of print! -David Newman 1998

    Posted on December 23, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Another in my list of classics. Raven’s Live at the Inferno captures the band at its best. Get it now.

    Posted on December 23, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • In this live album, the Gallagher Bros. and the insanely proficient drummer Wacko! deliver an astounding performance that clearly shows what the metal scene of the 80’s has lost since it left the underground. Here, you’ll find a set of furious, to-the-point songs delivered with honesty and sheer power, qualities that the bands who embraced mainstream forgot along the way. Contemporary metal acts chose to forget the rich heritage of the early 80’s and embraced more “cerebral” musical stylings, or even worse, pushed the envelope of genre crossover to the point where no musical identity was left. That should be a positive sign, but somewhere along this evolutive path something went wrong and we’re left with results that please the radio programmers much more than the (often fanatical) metal audiences. So, if you’re looking for an honest testimony of the 80’s scene, look no further than this album…and forget the current 6-month wonders that shall be forgotten when the next “big thing” comes along.

    Posted on December 23, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I have known about this band since they came onto the scene in 1981. NWOBHM RULES!. I saw them live every single time they came anywhere within 3 states of where I live in Maryland. They are amazing live and the new album “ONE FOR ALL” reminds me of them in the hayday of Crash, Bang, Wallop and Wiped out… I remember they were so nuts on stage (the brothers, Gallagher) use to run at opposite end of the stage and smash into each other while playing and never missed a note. If any one wants to chat or drop me a line on Raven, feel free…. Or if you have any bootlegs and want to trade let me know…. LIVE AT THE INFERNO, FOREVER!!!!!!

    Posted on December 22, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I loved Raven as a teenager in 1983 when I got the “All For One” album. This is a great, loud, live album without a hint of subtlety, just as powerful as stablemates like Venom without all the silly Satanic dreck.

    Posted on December 22, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now