Vocalist/bassist John Gallagher of the veteran British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN counted down his Top 9 musical influences with Ranker.com. His list is as follows:
01. THE WHO's John Entwistle
02. RUSH's Geddy Lee
03. FREE's Andy Fraser
04. URIAH HEEP's Gary Thain
05. SLADE's Jimmy Lea
06. YES' Chris Squire
07. KING CRIMSON's John Wetton
08. CHEAP TRICK's Tom Petersson
09. LED ZEPPELIN's John Paul Jones
Read Gallagher's comments about each of his selections at this location.
RAVEN will play a very limited number of North American dates in September/October in support of the band's new album, "Walk Through Fire".
Tickets are on sale at EnterTheVault.com and all normal ticketing systems.
"Walk Through Fire" was 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.
In an April 2009 interview with Powerline A.D., 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