RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will BLEED true heavy metal. A more intense live band does not exist on this planet!
Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England the brothers Gallagher cut their teeth playing the pubs & clubs starting in 1974 until solidifying their line up in 1980 with drummer Rob Hunter. The trio went on to release three of the most influential metal albums of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) on the Neat records label which in turn inspired every band of that era and beyond. Basically, without Raven you just would not have thrash/speed metal…. after all, the band did give Metallica & Anthrax their first tours!
Following a tumultous move to the USA, a major label deal with Atlantic Records, indentured servitude and commercialism, Rob left the band in 1987 to be replaced by drummer extraordinaire Joe Hasselvander, who had made his name in cult doom band Pentagram, Savoy Brown and his own solo projects, adding a new dimension to the band.
Rebuilding from the Atlantic experiences, the band capitalized on their fierce live performances steadily releasing albums and touring the world. In 2001, guitarist Mark Gallagher was involved in a near fatal accident but fought his way back from the brink and the band proved they were stronger than ever! This renewed spirit and attitude was reflected in the title of their 2010 album “Walk Through Fire” and in the career overview DVD “Rock Until You Drop”.
After recording their finest album to date “ExterminNation” in 2014, Raven completed a 43 date headlining US tour and also opened for Metallica (the band Raven took on their first tour back in 1983!) in Sao Paulo, Brazil playing in front of 70,000 fans. “ExtermiNation” was released to universal acclaim from fans & critics alike in 2015 and was followed by tours in the US, Europe, South Korea and Japan.
Following a serious heart attack in May 2017 Joe Hasselvander unfortunately had to relinquish the drum stool… Taking over drum duties, the phenomenal Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy) has immediately injected a new level of energy into the band, which immediately apparent on the band’s new live album “Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg” which was released on January 18th 2019.
The band is already working to complete the next RAVEN studio opus, taking their game to the next level. The album is slated for a late 2019 release.
In a cynical musical landscape these days, where bands are not “gangs” but corporations, and where live performances are padded with backing tracks, Raven continue to wave the flag for bands performing authentic, no bullshit, in your face live shows with raw power! RAVEN are a band in the real sense of the word… And proud of it!


John Gallagher (vocals/bass)

Mike Heller (drums)

Mark Gallagher (guitar)


Extermination (2015)

Walk Through Fire (2010)

One for All (1999)

Everything Louder (1997)

Glow (1994)

Architect of Fear (1991)

Nothing Exceeds Like Excess (1988)

Life’s a Bitch (1987)

The Pack Is Back (1986)

Stay Hard (1985)

All for One (1983)

Wiped Out (1982)

Rock Until You Drop (1981)





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