British metal five piece The Raven Age continue their unstoppable rise as torch-bearers for the next generation of UK metal. Their brooding style of monstrous guitar riffs and pummelling rhythms are entwined with powerful melodies and moments of quiet subtlety, adding a touch of epic finesse to their sound which has seen them deservedly play alongside the genre’s giants such as Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Tremonti, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Ghost and many more.
The quintet are now happy to announce the upcoming release of their second album Conspiracy on March 8th 2019 via their own label Corvid Records. They have also revealed the brand new track ‘Fleur De Lis’, which shares its name with the ancient stylized lily symbol that has long been associated with the heraldry of French royalty as well as linked to unity, loyalty and honor.
In further news The Raven Age will be heading out on their biggest headline tour to date in support of Conspiracy. They’ll be playing shows across the UK and Europe – see full dates at the bottom of the press release. Tickets go on sale on Friday 14th December via:
The Raven Age released their critically acclaimed debut album Darkness Will Rise in 2016. It saw them championed by the likes of Metal Hammer and Planet Rock, who crowned them ‘Best New Band 2017’ at their awards, and earned them slots at festivals such as Bloodstock, Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park and Download.
The band have continued to spread their wings, honing their craft, perfecting their sound and identity, and with the recent addition of vocalist Matt James (aka MJ) and guitarist Tony Maue bringing a new dimension and diversity to the band’s songwriting and sound, they’ve created the new era of The Raven Age which is evident throughout the entirety of Conspiracy.
Co-founder, guitarist and album producer George Harris explains, “We’re so proud of it – it’s definitely keeping within the spirit of the band but we’ve really expanded what we can do and delved into new topics and sounds. A lot of that is to do with what MJ has brought to the band. With him on board we’ve grown enormously from the first album.”
Drawing inspiration from their interest in historical myths and conspiracies, lyrically the tracks tell stories of desperation and inhumanity throughout different periods of time, delving into the lives and experiences of people from years ago.
The album is the second part to their story, where clues are left in everything from the artwork to the lyrics which point to what may later come to pass, and interlock with what The Raven Age is all about. They’ve created something more than just a record, but instead an artistic, conceptual identity as they set to write their own legacy.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the legend of the ravens of the Tower of London,” continues George. “The fact that the collective noun for ravens is a Conspiracy really inspired the album, the title and the artwork around it. In this fantasy world the ravens are actually being held captive at the Tower, they aren’t there of their own accord. Their wings have been clipped and they’re prisoners of the Tower to keep Britain from falling. This record develops the story with all sorts of twists and tangents”.
1. Bloom of the Poison Seed
2. Betrayal of the Mind
3. Fleur De Lis
4. The Day the World Stood Still
7. Seventh Heaven
8. Forgotten World
9. The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships
10. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
12. Grave of the Fireflies
The Raven Age are currently finishing a European/UK run supporting Tremonti and will be heading off on their biggest European/UK headline tour in March and April before joining Iron Maiden for a huge leg across North and South America. For full list of tour dates visit https://www.theravenage.com/tour
TOUR EUROPE – MARCH/APRIL
Sun 31st – Biebob, Vosselaar, BELGIUM
Mon 1st – La Boule Noire, Paris, FRANCE
Wed 3rd – Backstage Halle, Munich, GERMANY
Thu 4th – Colossaal, Aschaffenburg, GERMANY
Sat 6th – Luxor, Cologne, GERMANY
Sun 7th – Cassiopeia, Berlin, GERMANY
Tue 9th – Headcrash, Hamburg, GERMANY
Wed 10th – Poppodium W2, Den Bosch, HOLLAND