Raven Lord: Descent To The Underworld

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    Looking at the line-up of Raven Lord it is impossible not to imagine and expect their debut album to be a rather accomplished and imaginative slab of creativity, and Descent To The Underworld certainly does not disappoint. It is a thunderous expanse of riffs fired by a furnace of melodic might and invention, an explosion of classic metal all fans of the genre will expel a full passion for.

The sextet consists of the fiery vocals of Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency), guitarist George Karafotis (Vermillion Days, Operation X), bassist Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band, ex-Black Sabbath), keyboardist Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway), drummer Lawrence Paterson (Blaze Baley, Iron Knights), and newest member lead guitarist Joe Stump (HolyHell, Reign of Terror). Together they have ignited a sound which combines power metal and neo classical influences to their core heavy metal heart for a towering encounter which commands the ear. Released via Mausoleum Records, the Zvekan produced and Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Nightrage, In Flames, Dream Evil and Opeth) mixed Descent To The Underworld is a continually enthralling album which offers plenty to reward anyone with a taste for melodic metal if not the genre it is settled in. It is a muscular confrontation at times which sparks as much enthusiasm as the sonic and melodic flames which sear and engross the senses throughout.

The album opens with the compelling charge of pulsating bassline, tightly grasping riffs, and warm mesmeric caresses from the keys CD ArtWork - Descent To The Underworldof The Rebel. The track is soon blazing with the expansive vocals of Zvekan who rings the emotion and sound from every note with skill and passion to match the guitar play of Stump. It is an impressive start to the release which immediately confirms expectations and more which were in place over the formidable line-up.

Through the likes of Attila the Hun with its Middle Eastern kiss from the keys and surging sonic enterprise, the mesmeric Seal Of The Cross with its symphonic gait, and the rampant hunger and energy of Promised Land, the album persistently offers variety and smouldering imagination to keep a strong intrigue and unpredictability within the umbrella of classic metal electricity. The latter of the trio is an outstanding brawl of seductive mysterious keys, ravenous riffs, and evocative solo mastery from Stump which leaves one breathless.

Further greater highlights come with the majestic yet corrosive Black Friar and the riveting Metal Knights, another song where the keys wash the senses with a golden glow of Eastern promise from within an exhausting drive of devouring riffs and caging rhythms. Both tracks show the band at its best creatively and musically with the vocals of Zvekan certainly in the latter of the two, scorching the small hairs from the surface of the ear with his sonic squalls which run the fine line between pain and bliss for great results.

Descent To The Underworld is an album fans of the likes of Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath will find a rich home within but it also has plenty to keep those of us who do not necessarily find the deepest of riches in classic metal more than satisfied. Raven Lord is a band destined to lead their chosen genre in the near future.

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7/10

RingMaster 20/02/2013

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RAVEN LORD add JOE STUMP to their ranks‏

Multinational Heavy Metal group RAVEN LORD have just added JOE “Speed Metal Messiah” STUMP to their illustrious ranks.

Joe Stump (Holy Hell, Reign of Terror) joins forces with vocalist Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency), guitarist George Karafotis (Vermillion Days, Operation X), bassist Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band, ex-Black Sabbath), and Lawrence “Larry” Paterson(Blaze Baley, Stuka Squadron) on drums, to complete the line-up of Raven Lord.

Jamie Mallender had the following to say on the matter, “I can barely contain my excitement. I am a huge fan of Joe’s, so when Csaba asked me what I thought about asking him to play for us I jumped at the chance to work with the finest exponent of the rock guitar virtuoso playing style. Joe Stump has quite a considerable catalogue of excellent solo releases under his belt – both instrumental and with Reign Of Terror, Holy Hell and a long list of guest appearances. He is also a renowned guitar teacher with his own series of instructional releases available on “Shred Academy” and brings to the band a wealth of touring experience. RAVEN LORD sounded like an exciting prospect before, but now with Joe on board things are shaping up to be a true force to be reckoned with and one can only await the release of their debut album with bated breath and sweaty little Heavy Metal hands.”

RAVEN LORD’s singer and founder Csaba Zvekan had to say “Knowing that Joe Stump is in the band means a great deal to me as now RAVEN LORD has a strong foundation for the future. As well as for touring and for future recordings. Joe’s playing is stunning and with him in our ranks we step up to another level. They don’t call him the “Shredlord” for nothing. ”

Joe Stump in his own words on joining Raven Lord: “I was recently approached by Csaba Zvekan and the RAVEN LORD guys about the possibility of joining the ranks. Needless to say after hearing Csaba’s voice as well as the the sound of the band I was sold. I’ve been at this a very long time and I know quality metal when I hear it. Looking forward to working with the fellas and of course bringing some serious over the top shredding and fierce metal riffage to RAVEN LORD.”

Raven Lord are priming themselves to deliver metallic carnage across the globe.

The line up now is as follows :

Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) – Vocals
Joe Stump (Holy Hell, Reign of Terror) – Lead Guitars
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days, Operation X) – Guitar
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band, ex-Black Sabbath) – Bass
Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (Blaze Baley, Stuka Squadron) – Drums
t.b.a. – Keyboards

There is more information about Joe Stump on his official website at  www.joestump.com and Raven Lord:

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