Okay I’ll admit it. I am terrible at keeping up with all the bands out there. Even if they are on bigger labels like Metal Blade. But better late than never discovering Australia’s RAVEN BLACK NIGHT. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-I guess we play what we feel from the heart in the hard rock/metal vein if we can get the feeling of how we feel when we perform or record or even when you listen to your favourite bands that organic safe feeling when the music is yout friend.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-At first it took ages it was black this black that wait a minute isn’t there a band called black Sabbath ha!!!!! ,we found the name Raven Black Night from a govt mule song[American band] it described what we liked or tried to reach in our sound as black being a heavy sound raven representing the mystical side we write about and nature and night because of its infinite qualities so raven black night it was to be.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-The bands that influenced raven black nights music at first was black Sabbath as a meeting point, then from me jim it was led zeppelin, rainbow, dio, uriah heep, deep purple,with rino the raven it was a lot of eighties metal, kiss ,slayer, kreator, our old rhythm section loved progressive and extreme metal styles. Today I say me and rino bounce of each other he is on real psychedelic trip at present, I go from hard blues rock to metal depends on the mood. But when we write it just comes out like a channel that guides us. Also emotion and the world around us influences the music to.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-When me and rino met in 1999 the metal we heard in Australia was all coming from the popular metal styles from America at the time,we wanted to form a real heavy band with guitar solos ,singing melody and a lot of the bands I mentioned before we just followed our heart and instinct and the newer material is heading in a lot of new directions while retaining the roots of our sound in conclusion the sound found us.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I come from the era where you bought the album looked at the art work read all the credits and thank yous ect,while losing yourself in the music ,the cd sort of down sized that but many bands release great booklets, I find buying music digitally a bit cold with no substance but in the end of the day if that is what someone prefers it gets your music out there to the people. Remember the early days of rock and roll was singles.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Well I think in the metal rock genre people like and expect a good cover, our early demos were real basic covers we wanted the music to do the talking, with our two official cd releases we wanted to have a cover that represented the feeling of the music, we are a poor band so its not that easy sometimes ha!!!!!!
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-We use social media quite a bit to get across the world for people to hear our music, but we prefer to play live and sell cds/vinyl to the people direct and of course they can get it later on from the label. I still believe in old school print media, performing with the social media to make the impact you would like.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-we have always played music from the heart of course I love the camaraderie in a band being on the road ,meeting people having new journeys, as I mentioned before its like you are a channel with the universe sending its vibes through you to the people.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We play as much as we can ,we played many shows in the first 10m years of the band around Australia, we came to Europe in 2007 for some festival shows in Germany head bangers open air, hells pleasure hard and heavy summer nights, we will play and tour anywhere they want us recently we have had interest from south America and Asia, me and rino really would like to do a tour or shows in Europe and the states if possible. And being in the trenches on the road is what rock and roll is about if you’re lucky enough to have enough offers ect it can be tough with limited finances but you work around it.
What will the future bring?
-First up there is to be a rerelease of our first cd choose the dark ,with bonus tracks, a few unreleased tracks and a bonus disk with most of our demos, That will really represent the early period of raven black night, of course our current cd Barbarian Winter[metal blade] is still available. Over the last two years me and rino have written over 20 songs we are very excited about, so we cant wait to record and release them and play and tour our metal rock asses of!!!!!! Plenty of beer sweat and heavy metal.
Stay metal and thanks for having us jim the white knight