MMM Presents: RAVEN (UK/USA) + HIRAX (USA) + KILL RITUAL (USA)
RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will BLEED true heavy metal - a more intense live band does not exist on this planet! Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England back in 1974 (yes – 41 YEARS ago!!!) the brothers Gallagher cut their teeth playing the pubs & clubs until solidifying their line up in 1980 with drummer Rob Hunter. The trio went on to release three of the most influential metal albums of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) on the Neat records label which in turn inspired every band of that era and beyond. Basically, without RAVEN you just would not have thrash/speed metal…. after all, the band did give METALLICA & ANTHRAX their first tours! Following a tumultuous move to the USA, deals with Atlantic Records, indentured servitude and commercialism; Rob left the band in 1987 to be replaced by drummer extraordinaire JOE HASSELVANDER, who had made his name in cult doom band PENTAGRAM, SAVOY BROWN and his own solo projects, adding a new dimension to the band. Rebuilding from the Atlantic experiences, the band capitalized on their fierce live performances steadily releasing albums and touring the world. In 2001, guitarist Mark Gallagher was involved in a near fatal accident - but fought his way back from the brink and the band proved they were stronger than ever! This renewed spirit and attitude was reflected in the title of their 2010 album “WALK THROUGH FIRE” and in the career overview DVD “ROCK UNTIL YOU DROP”. 2014 found the band opening for METALLICA (yes THAT METALLICA that RAVEN took out on their first tour back in 1983) in Sao Paulo in front of 70,000 fans, and completing a 43 date headlining USA tour – not to mention completing their finest album to date – EXTERMINATION which was released to universal acclaim from fans & critics alike in 2015! This album combines the melody/chaos/musicianship/lunacy that defines the band with songs that are simply the best they have done in decades. Rivaling the “holy trinity” of those early albums, and again working with the engineering metal mastermind who is Kevin 131 (WALK THROUGH FIRE) – the band took their game to the next level…In a cynical musical landscape these days, where bands are not “gangs” but corporations...where albums and live shows are click-tracked & Pro-Tooled to death… where a band’s line up can change every few months with “hired guns” who float in and out - RAVEN are almost alone among their peers in that they boast a lineup featuring the same three guys – a line up that has been stable for the better part of THREE DECADES!!! RAVEN are a band that is REAL not FAKE – and proud of it!
This is the 4th time Mario’s Metal Mania brings the band to Tilburg! Evertime they rule! So stay true, stay heavy and witness these live-monsters again!!!!!!
After releasing some demos, Hirax signed with Metal Blade and debuted with their first full-length, Raging Violence in 1985. The band was composed of Katon W. De Pena (vocals), Scott Owen (guitar), Gary Monardo (bass) and John Tabares (drums). In 1986, John Tabares left the band and Eric Brecht (brother of D.R.I.'s vocalist Kurt Brecht) joined. After the change, they released their second album, called Hate, Fear and Power under pressure of the label (only having 16 minutes of length for 8 songs). After this release, the band quit the label and independently released a demo called Blasted In Bangkok in 1987. But with tensions and disillusions in the band, De Pena decided to leave and form a new band with Gene Hoglan (former Dark Angel drummer), and Ron McGovney (former Metallica bassist). They called themselves Phantasm and released a six tracks demo in 1988 (re-issued in 2002 as a CD with the demo and live tracks). After a brief tour with Nuclear Assault, they broke up. In 1989, after De Pena left, the replacement was Paul Baloff (former Exodus frontman). But soon after the band broke up.
De Pena stayed involved in the regional underground music scene and took a job working at a local music store. In 1997, he featured one of his old songs on a split 7" with Spazz, the band of one of his friends. By 1998 De Pena had received enough fan mail and interest which encouraged him to reunite Hirax in 2000. De Pena reunited the band with the original lineup of Scott Owen, Gary Monardo, and John Tabares, releasing the El Diablo Negro EP in 2000. The lineup completely changed, and Hirax released the album Barrage of Noise in 2001 with James Joseph Hubler, Justin Lent (Clusterfux), and Nick Sellinger. This line-up was brief as well. In 2003, De Pena recruited an entirely new lineup again, and released the album The New Age of Terror in 2004 with guitarists Dave Watson and Glenn Rogers (Deliverance former), bassist Angelo Espino, and drummer Jorge Iacobellis. That line-up, due to irreconcilable differences, followed in the trend of the other line-ups and broke up. The band released their fourth studio album El Rostro de la Muerte in the spring of 2009. On February 24, 2014, the band released their newest album titled Immortal Legacy, courtesy of Steamhammer Records. Check this out because the band is not touring that much in Europe!!!
This is the second time Mario’s Metal Mania brings the band to Tilburg! Two years ago it was amazing! Their energy is still extra-ordinary! Check these US thrash-titans out again!!!!
KILL RITUAL (USA):
Formed in 2010 by former members of Imagika, Dark Angel and Eldritch, Kill Ritual launched themselves into the metal world with their debut CD “The Serpentine Ritual” in 2012 on Scarlet Records and the band was immediately rewarded with great reviews and positive reaction from fans around the world. The band then completed a US tour in the fall of 2013 and followed it up with the release of their ...2014 CD “The Eyes Of Medusa” on Golden Core/ZYX and again received great press and accolades from fans worldwide.
February 2015: Kill Ritual recruit Vocalist David Reed Watson (Rage of Angels, D.N.A., Electric Messiah, The Constant) to record their new CD "Karma Machine".
September 2015: They release their newest CD “Karma Machine” on Scarlet Records which was produced by Guitarist Steve Rice at his Fossil Sound Studios and mixed/mastered by Guitar legend, King Diamond member, Andy LaRocque at his Sonic Train Studios in Sweden. Check these guys out! You wont regret it!!!
Place; Little Devil, Stationsstraat 27, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Date: Sunday 11 June 2017
Entrance; € 15,-- (presale) & € 16,50 (doorprice)
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