Legendary British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN will play a very limited number of North American dates in support of its new album, "Walk Through Fire".
The details are as follows:
Sep. 10 - Sonar - Baltimore, MD
Sep. 11 - Gill's - Virginia Beach, VA
Sep. 12 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Sep. 16 - Wreck Room - Toronto, ON
Sep. 17 - Peabodys - Cleveland, OH
Sep. 18 - The Abbey Pub - Chicago, ILL
Sep. 19 - Blondies - Detroit, MI
Oct. 01 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Oct. 02 - Red Room - Vancouver, BC
Oct. 03 - Peters Room - Portland, OR
Oct. 22 - Trees - Dallas, TX
Oct. 23 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
Oct. 24 - Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
Tickets go on sale today at EnterTheVault.com exclusively until April 3, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.
Expect more RAVEN dates in 2011.
"Walk Through Fire" will be released in the U.S. on March 30 (one day earlier in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer) via Metal Blade Records. The CD, which came out in Japan in March 2009 via King Records, was recorded at the Assembly Line Studios with engineer/mixer Kevin 131 (PROJECT: FAILING FLESH, DECEASED, DYSRYTHMIA, GARDEN OF SHADOWS).
RAVEN's first album since 2000's "One for All" contains 14 new songs and two live bonus tracks.
"Walk Through Fire" track listing:
02. Against the Grain
03. Breaking You Down
04. Under Your Radar
05. Walk Through Fire
07. Long Day's Journey
10. Running Around In Circles
11. Hard Road
12. Armageddon (The Beginning)
14. Space Station #5 (MONTROSE cover)
15. Live at The Inferno **
16. Rock Until You Drop **
** Bonus Live Tracks
"Against The Grain" audio stream:
In an April 2009 interview with Powerline A.D., RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher stated about "Walk Through Fire", "We took a lot longer to get this one done... and usually after you record an album, you mix it quick and its done. We had the chance to sit with it and tweak it, if needed. I don't think we have ever had that luxury before, so it's got the good songs that were worked on over years in some cases — but recorded in a burst of lunacy — and then listened to and polished to a fierce shine. This album just rocks from start to finish and sounds and feels fresh — it's the real deal. It's varied but it's all 100% RAVEN!"
Regarding the band's decision to cover MONTROSE's "Space Station #5" for the new CD, John said, "We used to do it back in the clubs in the northeast of England. It seems we always come up with a fun cover and this one was cool to do. The middle part is nuts with the crime jazz/surf guitar and fretless bass, but overall it's pretty brutal."
Following a forced layoff through half of the last decade due to Mark Gallagher's long recuperation from a serious accident where Mark's legs were crushed after a wall collapsed on the musician, the band has fought back with a number of European festival appearances, a U.K. tour in 2008 and a triumphant jaunt to Japan in 2009.
John Gallagher - Vocals, Bass
Mark Gallagher - Guitar
Joe Hasselvander - Drums