Overall, if I could see Raven live again I definitely would. I absolutely recommend seeing Raven in concert due to the fact that it is a high energy, loud and in your face heavy metal show. You can find their latest tour dates and news here, and hopefully they’re coming to a city near you.
One of the founding fathers to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, Raven, played in my town last week, and I was blown away. Performance wise, they were beyond amazing. The fact that they were playing in a local bar for about 50 people didn’t phase them- they used every inch of that 10 foot long stage and played as if they were playing Madison Square Garden. The band is often referred to as “athletic rock”- which was the title they gave themselves decades ago due to their high energy shows and style of play. They took that title very seriously, and I mean they never stopped moving. There was not one part of the band that didn’t impress me. In my opinion, John Gallagher is definitely one of the most underrated vocalists within this genre. His vocal range was extremely impressive, and he could hold ear piercing notes like it was nothing. My dad and I got to meet him after the show and he was such a cool, laid back guy. During the show, he did a bass solo- which you don’t see too often but he definitely did a good job. On guitar was John’s brother, Mark Gallagher who did a phenomenal job during all of the songs and on his guitar solo especially. And lastly on drums is the great Joe Hasselvander, who has been with the band since 1987 and was previously in bands such as Pentagram and Blue Cheer. The band together worked beautifully, they had a lot of on stage chemistry and really played like they wanted to be there. Their set was around an hour and a half and they played songs such as On and On, Live at the Inferno, Speed of the Reflex and Rock Until You Drop- as well as songs off their latest album ExtermiNation which was released in April of 2015. ExtermiNation has received tons of acclimation, and it’s even been pronounced as their best album since the eighties.