Raven is an English heavy metal/glam metal group formed in 1974 in Newcastle, England. The band has been associated with the new wave of British heavy metal. One of his main hits was the single "On and On". They themselves often refer to their music as athletic rock ('athletic rock')
Over the years there have been several lineup changes and today the only remaining members of the first group are John and Mark Gallagher.
Raven was formed in 1974 in Newcastle, England by brothers John and Mark Gallagher with Paul Bowden.
The band's music began to take root within British hard rock for its trendsetting progressive rock. The live performances and the interaction between the members of the group created an image that they considered "athletic". During the concerts they were dressed in sports protection equipment such as cervical protectors, helmets and armor from various sports such as hockey and baseball among others. They also used to use hockey masks and sticks as part of their instruments.
The group is considered an important influence in the development of speed metal and thrash metal and became known for their aggressiveness in destroying their musical equipment.
Before rising to fame, they played local pubs and clubs in the North East of England, sometimes opening for punk bands like The Stranglers & The Motors.
In 1980 they released their first single "Don't Need Your Money" after signing with Neat Records. Their first performances as a professional group were performing covers of Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead, Whitesnake and Iron Maiden. Their debut album was released in 1981 under the title Rock Until You Drop. After making themselves known, they began a tour of Italy and Holland. In 1982 they released their second album, Wiped Out, with elements that would give rise to thrash and later speed metal, meaning a revolution in the UK charts at the time.
The group attracted the attention of the American public and after signing a contract with Megaforce Records in New Jersey in 1983, they recorded All for One. That same year, they began a tour with Metallica.
The manager of Megaforce thought that Raven could be the biggest success that the production company has experienced and decided to prolong the tour until other companies of greater renown began to be interested. In 1984 they recorded and published Live at the Inferno, which would be one of their best works. The production company Atlantic Records offered the group a contract to start an international tour, but not before fixing a small contractual problem that they still had with Megaforce. The following year, the label signed Metallica and Anthrax. Meanwhile, Raven moved her team from England to New York.
In 1985 they released Stay Hard with quite discreet success. The years in which they were with Atlantic were the least productive of the group. The company's decision to make the group more commercial took its toll on them, although they once again attracted the attention of fans with The Pack is Black. In 1986 and 1987 they released the albums Mad and Lifes A Bitch before leaving the label.
At the end of 1987, Rob Hunter left the band to spend more time with his family. Years later he began studying audiovisual and engineering while performing with jazz musicians Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr..
In 1987 former Pentagram member Joe Hasselvander joined the group, whose members were looking for a more conventional touch on their 1988 album Nothing Exceeds Like Excess. Then came grunge and they decided to dissolve their record company to focus on touring Europe and Japan.
The group continues