Released: March 30, 2010
Raven are among the founding legends of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal alongside Iron Maiden, Saxon, and even early Def Leppard. While they have shockingly never attained the wide following some of their counterparts have enjoyed, this crazy trio has been every bit as influential, and they make some of the best metal you’ll ever jam into your ears.
Brothers John and Mark Gallagher, on bass and guitar respectively, along with drummer Joe Hasselvander are back in 2010 with a torrid, sonic beat-down. Walk Through Fire is some of their best work in a monster career. The CD contains 16 brain-hammering anthems, including a cover of Montrose’s “Space Station #5.
From the mood setting “Intro” of air-raid sirens and war-time choppers, the band lays the hammer down with “Against The Grain; a dazzling assault of freight train musical weaponry and wailing vocals.
Next up is the infectious anthem, “Breaking You Down,” which begs the question, are you really listening to just three guys? These guys create a massive wall of sound with no obvious holes.
“Long Day’s Journey,” is a rolling atmospheric bluesy rocker, while “Trainwreck,” is melodic ode to all those neurotic women who stand as a twisted inspiration to the young women of America. The aptly titled “Attitude” is like an elbow to the jaw. Those teeth on the ground, yeah, they belong to you.
The entire album is steeped in propulsive metal riffage, jackhammer drumming and ballsy swagger. This is elemental Raven at their finest. Walk Through Fire is workout music for those who hate to exercise. Turn it on, crank it up, and prepare to sweat off the poundage.
These vets still have the jets to churn and burn, and Walk Through Fire is proof of that.