This is Earth shattering news for anybody who lives in the Boston area with a thirst for kick ass metal. Local heavy/thrash/power metal band RAVAGE has been signed to the fantastic record label “Metal Blade”. Here’s the official statement from Metal Blade news:
“Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the addition of Boston Massachusetts metalers RAVAGE to its roster. The heavy metal band RAVAGE began as the idea of two young brothers from Boston Massachusetts, whom fans would come to know as Al Ravage and Eli Joe, who wished to form a band that could bring bombastic heavy metal back to prominence and crush the insipid alterna-grunge music craze of the mid-90’s. Though the barely-highschool aged rockers had mighty ambitions when they played their first gig in 1996, they quickly learned that Rome was not built in a day, and RAVAGE had to work on honing their sound and forging their way through the local underground metal scene. Now in their early 20’s RAVAGE is ready to show the metal world what they’re made of with their Metal Blade debut The End of Tomorrow, which will drop in the late summer of 2009 and features cover art by none other than Ed Repka (MEGADETH, DEATH, AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE).”
“Everyone in the band is thrilled to have the opportunity to have our music released by a record company that is not only one of the greatest heavy metal record labels ever, but also a label that is currently home to many of our favorite bands (such as LIZZY BORDEN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, KING DIAMOND, AMON AMARTH etc). Metal Blade has released some of the classic metal albums of all time and Ravage welcomes the opportunity to make our own mark on the scene. Only Brian and Metal Blade had the guts to put this deal together with a band that has never bowed to trends or used gimmickry to fit in, a band that has always forged ahead toward fresh musical ground in the face of those who wanted us to become some sort of goofy retro-act or clone of whatever was hip. So on behalf of the band, I’d like to thank all the fans in the local scene, national scene and abroad who have stuck by us thus far, the promoters who’ve dared book us, the small labels who dared release our early work, those in the press who dared stand up to the feeble-minded trendmakers, the [few] DJ’s who’ve played us, and all the great bands we’ve played with. This is just another step on a long road as we continue our mission to put out some quality, no-bullshit, heavy metal music that real metalheads can be proud of. Keep headbangin’ with us and RAVAGE IN PEACE!!!” commented singer Al RAVAGE
“RAVAGE brings a fresh element to pure metal conveying a young and modern vibe to old school thrash/power metal. It’s this type of musical resurrection that will break new ground for metal and we couldn’t be more excited to unleash them to the masses!” Metal Blade
RAVAGE’s new album seamlessly intertwines the sounds of New Wave of British Heavy Metal, late 80’s American Thrash Metal and late 90’s European power metal to showcase the band’s signature style. The End of Tomorrow is sure to be enjoyed by metal maniacs young and old as it blends the soaring vocal and guitar melodies of Iron Maiden and Helloween with the raw power of thrashers like Testament and Kreator, presented in a crisply modern production-style.”
RAVAGE: Al Ravage – Vocals, Eli Joe – Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Nick Izzo – Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Howie ‘The Mosh Pig’ Snow – Bass, and GTB – Drums.
I couldn’t be more happy for these guys. They have invited me to party with them (on more than one occasion), and man do these dudes know how to metal the night away. Weather it be rockin’ out to Judas Priest and Fastway with Eli, having an epic session of ManOwaR karaoke with George and Nick, chatting cinema stuff with Al, or coming dangerously close to a wrestling match with Howie, the good times and beer drinking seem to have no end.
Bang your noggins to some RAVAGE:
Turn The Screw
Curse of Heaven
Last year RAVAGE played ManOwaR’s “Magic Circle Fest” in Bad Arolsen Germany. Al and the boys made a video of their trip using their song Damn Nation.
Rock on brothers! May your swords be wet, like a young girl in her prime! \m/