Raven, Dead By Wednesday

RK Metal Productions Presents


Dead By Wednesday

Squidhammer Metal, Cast In Fire

Fri. September 8, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 18 and over

+$3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door - waived with student ID


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Raven was formed in 1974 in Newcastle, England, by brothers John Gallagher and Mark Gallagher and Paul Bowden.

Raven began creating a sound which was rooted in British hard rock, with progressive rock tendencies, and a willingness to take musical chances. The band's highly-energized live show and interaction between band members developed an image and style of play-the-band, described as "athletic". They began wearing guards, helmets, and plates from various sports (hockey, baseball, etc...), and incorporating them into the playing of their instruments (for instance, elbow pads and hockey masks were used to strike cymbals for a unique performance angle).
They also opened for punk bands the Stranglers and the Motors.

Early years
Eventually, the band signed with Neat Records, the legendary, low-budget metal label of the North. They released Rock Until You Drop in 1981, and Wiped Out in 1982, making an impressive showing on the UK charts at the time.

Sufficient noise was made for the American market to take notice and New Jersey's Megaforce Records signed them, issuing their next recording in the States as All for One in 1983. The band came stateside in 1983, and toured extensively with Megaforce bands Metallica and Anthrax, both of whom would gain a place of prominence in the growing thrash metal movement.[citation needed]

Commercial success
Manager/Megaforce founder Johnny Zazula believed that Raven was major-label material, and kept them touring constantly until the big labels noticed. The infamous Live at the Inferno recording, released in 1984, was a product of one of those tours. Atlantic Records signed Raven to a worldwide contract after a minor bidding war (major label contracts would follow for Metallica and Anthrax in the following year). The band moved its permanent base from Newcastle to New York.

Stay Hard was released in 1985, and proved a minor hit on the strength of single/video "On and On". The Atlantic years proved to be less than stellar for the band. A drastic shift in a more commercial direction came at the label's behest, with many die-hard fans being alienated by the slick, lightweight production of The Pack Is Back. However, the band recorded two more studio albums and the Mad EP before being let go by Atlantic.
After the tour for Life's a Bitch, Rob "Wacko" Hunter left the band in late 1987 to spend more time with his new wife and family. He would later pursue a career in audio production and engineering, eventually working with jazz greats Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr..

Later years
Virginian Joe Hasselvander (ex-Pentagram) joined as drummer in late 1987, and the band dropped the outlandish image for a more conventional denim-and-leather look for their 1988 release Nothing Exceeds Like Excess. After, the advent of grunge and the dissolution of their record label Combat Records led the band to concentrate on continental Europe and Japan, where they retained more of a following.

Recent events
The band recorded and toured until 2001, when a wall collapsed on guitarist Mark Gallagher, crushing his legs. Raven went on hiatus for nearly 5 years, from 2001–2006, while the guitarist rehabilitated, though Raven never officially disbanded. As of 2006, Raven was touring, with a new release in the works

Raven recently completed a UK tour in 2008 with support from British rock band Lost In Vegas.

In 2009, the band Released "Walk Through Fire" Through King Records in Japan. In 2010 the band signed with Metal Blade in the US and SPV in Europe.
Dead By Wednesday
Dead By Wednesday
Dead by Wednesday has recently rocked the stage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, along with White Chapel, King Diamond and Slayer. They played Rock & Shock Horror Festival several years in a row, with Life of Agony, GWAR, Hatebreed and Soulfly. At the New England Metal Festival they played along with Battlecross, Goatwhore, Dillinger Escape Plan and Opeth. This March they will share the stage with death metal titans Revocation at The Providence Tattoo & Music Festival.
Squidhammer Metal
Squidhammer Metal
Metal band from Southern Wisconsin. Trying to do metal the old way with a new twist.
Cast In Fire
Cast In Fire
Cast In Fire started in 2005 with guitarist, Scott Scharf, who had an incessant itch to scratch. That itch, the need to create something brutal and heavy but unique in its own way. It began as a studio project, just something to satisfy the need while other projects brewed. For several years, it remained that way, the fix abated, the urge sated.

In the winter of 2009, Scott was introduced to J, a vocalist with a similar need. With a single recording session, the songs that Scott had written transformed into something that could no longer be contained in a simple studio project. The search to fill out the band began.

Many attempts to find the right group of musicians were made, and many failed. In the spring of 2010, Chris Fox, an energetic string player joined the group, lending his skill at the low end.

In the winter of 2010 Cross stepped up to the drum throne and began to play the songs with a new vigor that blew out drum heads and shredded sticks.

Cast In Fire has been playing with the current lineup for the last three years, and has shared the stage with numerous local and national bands. The sound is ever-changing and consistently evolving, so prepare for the metals.
Venue Information:
The Frequency
121 W. Main Street
Madison, WI, 53703