New wave of British heavy metal and thrash legends Raven are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal album All For One in 2013. Originally released in 1983, All For One was not only the band's breakout album, but also a massively influential slab of classic metal. The band's groundbreaking and high-energy approach was a vital element in the development of thrash.
"Wow, hard to believe but it was 30 years ago when we hooked up with mega producer Michael Wagener (and Udo Dirkschneider of Accept) to craft our breakthrough album All For One," said Raven vocalist/bassist John Gallagher. "It's still one of our favorites and although we still play quite a few songs [from the album] live, on the upcoming dates we will squeeze a few more into the set as a celebration. We can't wait to dust them off, get out there & kick ass!"
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of All For One, the NWOBHM lunatics will play select dates dubbed ALL FOR ONE FOREVER, during which they will perform many tracks from the album, including some rarely or never performed live.
Confirmed dates follow, with more to be announced:
APR 19 - Springfield, VA - Empire (w/ A Sound of Thunder)
APR 20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Dead Horse Cantina (w/ A Sound of Thunder)
APR 21 - Brooklyn, NY - St. Vitus Bar (w/ A Sound of Thunder, Holy Grail & Bröhammer)
MAY 11 - Freehold, NJ - Encore Event Center (w/ Anvil, The Rods, & more)
Washington, DC traditional metallers A Sound Of Thunder will provide direct support on April 19-21. John Gallagher appeared on the band's latest album "Out of the Darkness"(Nightmare Records, 2012), performing a vocal duet with vocalist Nina Osegueda on the title track.
Raven's latest album, Walk Through Fire, was released in the U.S. on March 30, 2010 via Metal Blade Records.