Monday, February 18, 2013

Raven Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

well..1st up is the retrospective DVD we are doing"rock until you drop" basically the story of Raven..lots of unseen/rate live - studio-interview footage..
it kicks ass & is pretty funny also!! then we have upcoming shows in Greece..east coast of the USA & west cost dates later in the year... and we are writing for a new album ..planning to record in the fall.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the newer music and how it differs from previous releases?
oh..its newer....and different!!! its gonna take what we did on "walk through fire" up a few notches - sonically - musically & attitude wise!

3. What are some band of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
all sorts of themes...retaliation....realization...staying true to yourself...still writing lyrics as we always come up with music 1st..

4. The band has a history that goes back almost 40 years, what is it that motivates you to keep going after all these days?
sheer bloodymindedness!! lol!! nah..we still love getting up there going nuts & kicking everyones ass - and more than ever appreciating it!

5. The band has been a huge influence on alot of bands, what are your opinions on the bands who took inspiration from your music?
its a nice compliment - in fact one of the biggest you can get - I know how indebted we are to the bands & artists that we look up to hear things from Metallica....Sodom..Kreator...Doro...Overkill...Exodus....etc etc etc...its very, very cool

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
all of them!.....and our performances are RABID!!!!! we are a 3 piece - no passengers & beat the crap outta ourselves & our gear....its basically the circus!

7. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
yes....24 dates in outer Mongolia followed by a residency in the sub-continent....

8. on a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of metal?
extremely positive....playing new areas for us like South America has been amazing & we hope to get to more areas well as Australia/New Zealand...
the reaction to the last album was great!!

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
usually the bands that influenced us from the get go...Slade, Sweet, Zeppelin, Purple, Sabbath, Priest, Budgie, Humple Pie, Status Quo, B.O.C. ...the list goes on & on...

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
cat strangulation & amateur gynecology!!!

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
many thanks to all the fans - hope to see ya out there on the road & look out for the DVD!!!!

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