Coming (straight) out of Stornoway on the Isle Of Lewis The Broken Ravens are Toby Michaels (Vocals) Thrash MacAulay (Guitar) Derek Healey (Guitar) Lotto Ferguson (Bass) and Kevin Clark (Drums).
The group came together in 2011 and through all of the usual struggles and the odd line-up change the band have steadily built up a solid following picking up great reviews for their music and international radio play along the way.
That progress looks set to continue well into 2016 as the band prep and release some brand new music. As well as the new single that I’m talking about today the band also have an EP in the can and ready to go, and rather impressively have been invited over to L.A to showcase the new record later on in the year.
As for the here and now though and because I’m in a generous mood, I’m going to review the band’s main new single and I’ll even throw in a few words about the B-Side as well.
The main single which was released only four days ago is called Black Knuckle Ride and it’s a gloriously fuzzy taste of no frills rock n’ roll. It’s beautifully full throttle from the off and I definitely think you can hear some Queens Of The Stone Age influence amongst the gritty thundering rhythms. In fact there’s even a hint of some early less melodic Guns n Roses in the pure rawness of the guitar work for my money. It’s no fills, it’s up in your face and it makes no apologies for any of it.
That being said and as much as I like the song I actually think that B-Side and live favourite Feed The Madness is the better track. Both are great but I think that the latter definitely has the edge. It packs that same rawness that I spoke about above but manages to turn it all the way up to 11. There’s also more of a swagger and level of attitude about it which just grabs your attention. And if all of that wasn’t enough, the guitar solo is the stuff that gritty, fuzzy musical dreams are made of. It is a beauty.
I must confess that until today I was unaware of The Broken Ravens and their music but they have made quite the first impression. Their brand of gritty, fuzzy and just raw rock n’ roll is right up my street and I’m sure I’m not alone. What a couple of cracking tunes.