RAVEN – Walk Through Fire

Raven – Walk Through Fire (2010, Metal Blade Records)
Original Release: 2009, King Records (Japan only)

1. “Intro” … 0:52
2. “Against The Grain” … 3:52
3. “Breaking You Down” … 3:02
4. “Under Your Radar” … 4:05
5. “Walk Through Fire” … 3:20
6. “Bulldozer” … 3:53
7. “Long Day’s Journey” … 4:50
8. “Trainwreck” … 3:34
9. “Grip” … 3:31
10. “Running Around In Circles” … 3:40
11. “Hard Road” … 3:45
12. “Armageddon” … 6:31
13. “Attitude” … 3:24
14. “Space Station #5” … 4:01
15. “Live At The Inferno” [live] … 4:17
16. “Rock Until You Drop” [live] … 5:32

John Gallagher – Vocals, Bass
Mark Gallagher – Guitar
Joe Hasselvander – Drums

Producer: Raven

This album was originally released exclusively in Japan in 2009 but received European/U.S. releases in 2010. I’m American and I have the American version that features two new bonus tracks, so that’s good enough to call this a 2010 album for me. Previous to buying this album, I owned only one Raven release — their debut Rock Until You Drop. It was okay but didn’t thrill me enough to catch up on the rest of their catalog. Still, I was willing to give this new release a try, even willing to buy the Japanese import but it was so expensive. I was relieved to hear a U.S. distribution deal was finally secured for this album.

Though I haven’t followed Raven’s career, I can at least report this album continues the NWBOHM meets early thrash/speed style they started with. For anyone else unfamiliar with this band, the closest comparison I can think of is Anvil. Both bands have that New Wave British metal sound while slightly pushing it to the limit and into the territories of speed & trash metal. I’m particularly impressed with John Gallagher’s high pitch vocals. It adds to the charm of this old school metal release.

Though this album isn’t going to make my Top 10 for the year, it’s still a fun heavy energetic listen carried by John’s vocals and great guitars. Hardcore Raven fans should be very pleased.

I hate this album cover, it’s so cheap looking but it appears they were maybe giving a nod to previous album covers for All For One and Live At The Inferno. In another bit of annoyance “Necessary Evil”, a new studio track, was left off the European/U.S. releases and replaced with two live “bonus” tracks. Frankly, I would have rather had a listen at another new song especially when John’s voice seems strained on “Rock Until You Drop” and the crowd seems rather subdued (small?).

Highlights: “Against The Grain’, “Under Your Radar”, “Long Day’s Journey”, “Trainwreck”, “Hard Road”


Posted on June 20, 2010, in Raven and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Yes, I am guilty of being a Raven fan and love this new album. “Bulldozer” is my favorite song, it really does just that… bulldozes with the riffs and shakes my Metal skull loose! The album cover is, IMO, “Old School” and does follow along the path of Raven’s Metal itself… nothing fancy, just blue collar and strong, Heavy Music.

    “Trainwreck” is another solid chunk of Metal from Raven too… It resonates with exactly what you described – NWOBHM. It’s very cool you gave Raven and their new album a nod on Metal Excess. 🙂


  2. I love this album and it also helps that I am a long time Raven fan, great album and nice return to form, I hope this is not the last time we hear from the Raven boys.

  3. I have to admit that this was a lot better than I expected it to be. I pop it in every once in a while. Trainwreck is my favorite tune off of it.

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