Raven Announce 2018 North America Tour, New Album In The Works

Classic 1980’s New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Raven have announced 2018 tour dates for North America, listed below, and have a new album due out in early 2019.

The 27 date tour runs from November 1 to December 1, 2018.

Raven’s new album is their first release since their 2015 album “ExtermiNation” and features ex-Fear Factory Drummer Mike Heller.

Interview with Martk Taylor from Record Collector Magazine:

“We have a new album in the can, which features this lunatic” — referring to Heller — “very heavily. We’re very excited about it. It’s definitely a jump forward. There’s some very fast music on it, but it’s very quirky and melodic at the same time, so there’s a real dichotomy in that, which is always in the best RAVEN music anyway.”

Added guitarist Mark Gallagher: “Actually, the record needs a little fine-tuning, some mixing, but it’s pretty much done.”

There are plans for RAVEN to release a live album as well, also featuring Heller behind the kit. “We were shocked when we heard the tapes,” John said. “[We thought] ‘Woah! This is pretty damn good.'”

Added Mark: “Live albums these days aren’t really live, because there’s an ability now with the technology to go in and redo stuff and fix stuff. And this record, the live album, is completely live, other than that John breaks his bass string, so we had to replace the bass on one song. But the rest of the record is completely [live] — warts and all.”

Tour dates:

Nov. 01 – Houston, TX @ Concert Pub North
Nov. 02 – Ft. Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
Nov. 03 – El Paso, TX @ Joey’s Badcompany *
Nov. 04 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Nov. 06 – Fullerton, CA @ The Slidebar
Nov. 07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Nov. 08 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Nov. 09 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Lounge
Nov. 10 – Seattle, WA @ Tony V’s
Nov. 11 – Vancouver, BC @ The Wise Hall
Nov. 12 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
Nov. 14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Urban Lounge
Nov. 15 – Denver, CO @ Hermans Hideaway
Nov. 16 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Nov. 17 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews *
Nov. 18 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Bigs Bar
Nov. 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge
Nov. 20 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
Nov. 21 – Ft Atkinson, WI @ Hijynx
Nov. 23 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
Nov. 24 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
Nov. 25 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage
Nov. 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland
Nov. 27 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Nov. 28 – Frederick, MD @ Café 611
Nov. 29 – Chesapeaker VA @ The Riffhouse
Dec. 01 – Jonesboro, GA @ Furnace 41

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