Raven have been around for a long time now and are one of the frontrunners of the old NWOBHM movement, so I probably do not have to say too much about this band’s background. Their style hasn’t changed much over the years, as they are one of those bands that pretty much have the same sound as when they started. Other than one or two near miss releases they have had in the past (not bad with the number of albums these guys have cranked out), they are very consistent and put out one anthemic filled party metal album after another! Their music is all high octane (as is their live shows!) and with ExtermiNation they are not showing any signs of slowing down either, if anything I would say the reverse is true and that they are on a current wave of newfound energy that just amazes me. This is probably the best album they have released since the hey day of the 80s honestly, if not the best one ever! Chock full of one instant classic anthem after another, and when they choose to slow down the tempo such as on River Of No Return, the sound quality doesn’t deteriorate in the slightest! Whatever fountain of youth that mesrs. Gallagher, Gallagher and Hasselvander have found, I want to find it! Let the ExtermiNation begin!!
Choice Tracks – Destroy All Monsters, Fight, River Of No Return, It’s Not What You Got, Scream, One More Day