we have had a few sites in the past 9 years, and with the new EP. Seasons End, we decided to have another one.
Hopefully you will find this as easy to navigate and you can always find our old stories in the archive here.
Now, stop reading this dribble and have a beer!
When Eyes Of The Raven singer Dave
asked if anyone had been to church today, he looked surprised as someone said yes. Not that he was deterred, though, and the band launched into “Lessons In Blasphemy” by way of a hello. Eyes Of The Raven are superb. And really that’s all you need to say. Not even a stand-in guitarist (regular Ross is missing – rumours of incidents involving Badgers abound, but it turns out he’s just on holiday) can alter that fact. Happy playing exactly the music they want with not a care in the world, EotR rather neatly walk the line between Orange Goblin, Down and lots of lager, like seasoned pro’s. There are many bands that would wish for tracks as good as “Sometimes Bruised, Never Broken” and “Redeemer” – the latter especially impressive here. “Five Year Winter” – their heaviest moment – drips with aggression and “What Binds Us” ends a set that, as other times MVM has seen them recently, reaffirms the thought that Eyes Of The Raven are getting better and better.
The full review from maximum volume can be found here
This year is a Deadbangers Ball year, and its an extra special one in that, as were using it to launch or Ep.
By all accounts this will be an awesome show, with the promise of give-aways and beer chugging shenanigans, make sure you get in early, opening the evining will be Skull Fox, followed by the awesome
29/10/16 - Ye Olde Foundry, Dudley.
Seasons End is now recorded, its been a battle as some of you know, but alas its done and we couldn’t be prouder if we had all been knighted.
We have been swamped with requests for a hard copy of the CD, which will be on sale from us on the 29th October, if you want to Pre order to make sure your not disappointed please follow the link below.
At the time of writing, on the Eyes of the Raven Facebook page, the cover photo encapsulates everything that is both wonderful and maddening about the five piece.
It features an advert for this, their new EP. “The most highly anticipated release of 2010/11/12/13/14/15/16” it says.
And you have to say that it is brilliant pisstake from a band that features some of the nicest blokes you could meet, and who have never knowingly taken themselves too seriously. But it’s annoying too, because “Season’s End” is so good that it leaves you wondering where it could have taken them in different circumstances.
Even without recorded output, EOTR have been good enough to get gigs all over the place. Even this, though is a double edged sword. Why? Because it’s rare to listen to a record that is ostensibly new, but one where you know all the words.
On the plus side, however, it means MV already knows that “Redeemer” is one of the best songs of 2016 (just like it has been for years) with a groove that Orange Goblin could nick, with the intent of “Blood Fire And Love” era The Almighty and a chorus of any great rock song ever, it is rather good.
Not that the other four are shabby, mind you. “Cast The First Stone” has a dirty old swagger and seems to want to fight the world, “Lessons In Blasphemy” is essentially the words “take that, religion” set to music as Dave Horan on vocals knocks out his best Ben Ward impression and “Sometimes Bruised, Never Broken” is very much their anthem – and is a real clenched fist of defiance.
The last song is also the heaviest, and “Bury My Demons” seethes with an anger that you cannot fail to be swept along with. It gives a brilliant EP a fitting conclusion. Eyes of the Raven might take longer than Axl Rose to get a new one out, but by crikey this is better than Chinese Democracy.
See ya in 2022 for the follow up, yeah?
go to the review to see the Rating!
Review - Andy Thorley
DeadBangers Ball six
Seasons End - Ep review