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Ravenous


Ravenous
Hubris
Feast Beast Records (NA/EU) / Spiritual Beast (Asia)
Release: 22 October 2021

For fans of Blind Guardian, Falconer, Powerwolf, Sabaton, Unleash the Archers

“Lyrically, the album tells 10 stories from various sources all surrounding Hubris, the notion of arrogance and the hunger for power, resulting in the demise of the story’s main characters – beneath the surface, hidden messages are scattered throughout various lyrical lines that pertain to the band’s real-life experiences. Musically, the album is the marriage of European Anthemic Power Metal and American Speed Metal, with a penchant for speed and aggression accentuating the dynamics of the music.” – Ravenous

Album Pre-Order – https://igg.me/at/hubris

“Ignoring Ravenous E.H. would be as foolish as turning your back on Arya Stark” – Tinnitist

“Ravenous is not your squeaky clean, hyper-active, frilly shirts with puffy sleeves, keyboard-driven, ballerina, musical-box type of Power Metal, but more your mud and blood and grime with style” – Metal Rules

“A power metal album with enough to the longstanding traditions that makes the style fun and exciting for those who crave melodies and hooks” – Metal Observer

“Everything is here and there are no weaknesses. A real gem that will be written for years! I am waiting for more! Until then, “repeat” remains!” – Power Metal Warrior

“An abundance of Power Metal motifs that blend into a more or less captivating musical waterfall” – Metal Forever

Track Listing:

  1. Carnage in Carthage (4:37)
  2. Astral Elixir (5:16)
  3. Son of Storms (4:33)
  4. Die 1000 Deaths (5:24)
  5. Bridgeburner (6:10)
  6. The Alder Queen (3:17)
  7. March of Hunger (4:47)
  8. Claw is the Law (5:24)
  9. Onwards & Upwards (4:09)
  10. …Of Beasts and Faust (10:21)

Total Length 53:57

Japanese Version Exclusives

  1. Cakaw Te Partiro (Bonus) – 3:13
  2. 一瞬千撃 (Bonus) – 5:25

Total Length 62:34

 

Live Band Line Up:

A. Voltaire: Vocals

Jake Wright: Guitar

Skyler Mills: Guitar

Chris Valax: Bass

Dave Crnkovic: Drums 

 

Discography:

2021 – Hubris (LP)

2019 – Eat the Fallen (LP)

2019 – Conquering the Sun (Single)

2017 – Eternal Hunger (EP)

 

Ravenous was forged in the spring of 2016 in Calgary, Canada as the brainchild of vocalist R.A.V, known for his exploits leading Edmonton-based satirical terrorist Metal band Villainizer. Ravenous also started with members of other established Western Canadian metal bands: Viathyn, Scythia, and Black Pestilence. Influences ranging from Thrash, Power, Black, and Progressive metal came together to deliver heroic Heavy Metal anthems in the style of Manowar, Sabaton, Iced Earth, and Running Wild.

Rife with soaring vocals, thundering percussion, and shredding solos, the ‘Eternal Hunger’ EP, recorded and self-produced by Ravenous in December 2016, was released in January 2017 and featured just a taste of what was to come.

In 2018, together with founding guitarist Jake Wright (Viathyn) and bassist Chris Valax (Black Pestilence), Ravenous recruited drummer Dave Crnkovic (Viathyn) and guitarist Skyler Mills (W.M.D). This lineup would go on to play several shows, including the debut of the Hyperspace Metal Festival in Vancouver as well as dates with video game metal band Powerglove.In preparation for their upcoming full-length album ‘Eat the Fallen’, Ravenous released a music video for ‘Conquering the Sun’ – dedicated to the 70,000 Tons of Metal festival, featuring the festival’s staff and fans.

After a successful pre-order campaign reaching their $5,000 presale goal, Ravenous signed to Feast Beast Records and set out to release ‘Eat the Fallen’ on April 26, 2019. Combining their various influences across the gamut of Metal, they coined a new term for their music – Metallum Heroica Celeritas, Heroic Speed Metal.

The album was engineered by frontman R.A.V, mixed and mastered by Sacha Laskow at Perfect Filth Studios, and features orchestration from Jon Phipps (OrchestralMetal.com), guest solos from Charlie Parra del Riego (Solo, Difonia, M.A.S.A.C.R.E., Ex-Kobra and the Lotus), Tim Brown (Striker, Ex-Kobra and the Lotus), and samples by former drummer James “Little V” Mills.

Ravenous announced several Western-Canadian shows in support of the new album which including Alestorm on select Canadian tour dates and performance on Hyperspace Metal Festival in Vancouver.

Now in 2021, Ravenous is set to bring out another heavy music feast with their next full-length entitled “Hubris” due out October 2021 via Feast Beast Records for North America and Europe along with a Japanese release via Spiritual Beast Records, which will include two exclusive tracks.

“When we formed we were originally looking to make fun, simple, fist-pumping songs that a crowd could sing along with. After touring for the Eat the Fallen record in 2019 and playing some great shows across Western Canada, we started thinking about the direction we were going to take our second album. When the Pandemic hit and the world shut down, the songs started to flow out organically in a darker tone than they had previously. We wanted to maintain the catchiness and simplicity that we had focused on in the early days, but tighten up the writing, performances, and editing so that we could put out something professional and punchy. We were meticulous and anal when it came to how everything was done, and the fantastic production job by Fredrik Nordstrom really showcases everything we set out to achieve. We recruited several of our friends (and one long-time vocal idol!) to contribute guest vocals and instrumentation to fill out the album with the appropriate amount of atmosphere and variation.” – Ravenous

Lyrically, the new record tells ten stories from various sources all surrounding Hubris, the notion of arrogance and the hunger for power, resulting in the demise of the story’s main characters – beneath the surface, hidden messages are scattered throughout various lyrical lines that pertain to the band’s real-life experiences. Musically, Ravenous offers up a marriage of European Anthemic Power Metal and American Speed Metal, with a penchant for speed and aggression accentuating the dynamics of the music. So pump your fist, bang your head, and roar your lungs out to show your hunger for more!

Ravenous – Die 1000 Deaths

Ravenous – HUBRIS Album Trailer 2021

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