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Raven – ‘Wiped Out’

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Neat Records
Heavy/Speed Metal

This morning in the Metal Digest office we’re blasting out ‘Wiped Out’, the 1982 album from one of heavy metal’s most influential bands Raven. With ‘Wiped Out’, Raven continued to expand on the sound laid down on ‘Rock Until You Drop’ with their brand of self-styled athletic rock as they got faster and heavier taking their NWOBHM sound into the burgeoning realms of speed metal. Look at any thrash/speed metal album from the 80’s and you’ll see the influence of ‘Wiped Out’ all over it as tracks such as ‘Faster Than the Speed of Light’, ‘Chainsaw’ and ‘Bring the Hammer Down’ showed the real Gallagher brothers as a formidable force to be reckoned with. There is an alternative universe somewhere where Raven are one of the biggest metal bands on the planet and the chances that Raven reached this alternate universe by going faster and faster, giving it all they got because as we know, Einstein was wrong…

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