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Album Review

Raven have certainly had their creative ups and downs over the years. After showing great promise in the beginning, things took a turn for the worse when they signed with Atlantic in the mid-'80s and followed the label's advice to go in a much slicker, glossier direction. What worked well for pop-metal bands and hair bands didn't work nearly as well for Raven on commercial discs like 1985's Stay Hard and 1986's The Pack Is Back. But eventually, Raven got back on track and returned to the balls-to-the-wall approach that put them on the map. Walk Through Fire, in fact, finds Raven's 2010 lineup (John Gallagher on lead vocals and bass, Mark Gallagher on guitar, and 1988 arrival Joe Hasselvander on drums) sounding undeniably focused and inspired — and there is no shortage of either passion or aggression on forceful tracks such as "Breaking You Down," "Against the Grain," "Bulldozer," and "Trainwreck," all of which recall Raven's classic pre-Atlantic output of the early '80s. This isn't Raven trying to be more commercial in order to please the marketing department at a major label; this is Raven doing what they do best and recalling the spirit of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Because Raven disappointed listeners a lot in the past, one can't help but greet the arrival of a new Raven album with some skepticism. But Walk Through Fire isn't the least bit disappointing, and there are no weak tracks to be found this time. Fans of early Raven albums like 1981's Rock Until You Drop, 1982's Wiped Out, and 1983's All for One can't go wrong with Walk Through Fire.

Customer Reviews

Amazing....just amazing

This is an absolutely brilliant album. Sidetracked for the better part of decade due to injuries and family deaths, Raven has stormed back with what just might be their best release ever. Every song is a keeper. From the opening anthem "Against the Grain" to the insane over-the-top cover of Montrose's "Space Station #5", you can tell Raven took the time to craft and record these songs. Lead singer and bassist, John Gallagher, still has the vocal chords and chops that made him a NWOBHM legend. His siren screams still peel the paint off walls and give dead men goosebumps. And just marvel at his greasy 8-string bass solo on "Bulldozer". John's brother, Mark Gallagher, still handles all guitar duties and punishes whatever unfortunate instrument he happens to have in his hands. He wails and riffs all over this album, but somehow manages to combine taste with insanity in his solos. Take a listen to "Hard Road" to see what I mean. And what can be said about drummer Joe Hasselvander? A pro among pros, his resume runs out the door and down the street. He delivers here, showing why he is one of metal's premier drummers.

If you like your Heavy Metal powerful, catchy, and loud, this is a must have. This is old-school metal as only a veteran old-school band could deliver. Do not miss this!!

Raven/Walk Through The Fire

Just f@#*ing awesome!! loved it!!

Judie Hamilton

Breath of fresh air!!!!

Thank you John, Mark and Joe on a fantastic album! I do think this is their best since the '80s !


Formed: 1974 in Newcastle, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An early and influential band in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, Raven were a group whose lean, tough sound helped anticipate the rise of thrash metal, though they preferred to describe their energetic and physical sound as "athletic rock," inspired in part by their habit of wearing sports gear on-stage. Raven were formed in Newcastle, England in 1974 by brothers Mark Gallagher (guitar, backing vocals) and John Gallagher (bass, lead vocals). Teaming with guitarist Paul Bowden, the three...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Mar 30, 2010

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