RavenEye Live Review

By ~Maggie Wright @FullMetalRock

RavenEye gives stellar performance in Wolverhampton

In the three years that I’ve known RavenEye, I’ve seen them go from strength to strength, not only delivering the material but also that all important live performance that can make or break a band. They’ve gone from obscurity to supporting Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, and KISS on their tours, performing on Shiprocked, and they’re leaving any doubters in the dust. They’re starting 2018 with a headline tour of the UK and Europe, playing in bigger venues and to bigger crowds than ever.

January 21st saw them perform in the famous Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton. The show started with a solid set from Gin Annie, a local five piece rock band who were received warmly by the crowd. Byron Garbett, on lead guitar, gave a stand out performance. With RavenEye having a local band on the bill at each venue, it really supports local talent. SKAM, from Leicester, who are touring with RavenEye, were outstanding. They had an excellent turn out of their own fans, and made a load of new fans by the time they finished their set. The trio, with brothers Steve and Neal Hill (on vocals/ lead guitar and drums respectively) and Matt Gilmore (bass) deliver a rather unique blend of rock, prog, blues and groove that’s can’t be boxed in to any one category. It’s a rare occasion that I buy a band’s whole catalogue the first time I see them, and I was not disappointed!

RavenEye has become a real powerhouse since the release of their debut album “Nova” and the addition of Adam Breeze on drums. Breeze has brought a skill and energy that has not only enhanced the sound but also fused

the trio’s performances. The chemistry between them is something a lot of bands aim for but never quite reach.

Not one for pulling any punches, RavenEye opens with Hate, a heavy and raw, hit you square between the eyes song that commands the attention of everyone in the crowd. If all you saw was this song performed you would be in no doubt that these are seriously talented musicians who put everything in their delivery of the song. Come With Me, with it’s contagious beat, defies anyone to stand still, and by the time lead vocalist/guitarist Oli Brown screams “follow me”, he has the fans doing just that.

Get It Started was one of four songs from the band’s first EP “Breaking Out” that made the setlist. Released almost three years ago, the songs are still holding their own against the powerful 2016 release “Nova”. Brown introduced You’re A Lie, one of the new songs the band is working on, and was only played once before to date, and comes down off the stage to play on the barrier giving an up close and personal view of his guitar skills. The haunting intro to Supernova gets me every time and it truly shows of Brown’s vocal range.

While Brown’s vocals are unique and powerful, his guitar playing is insane. Whether he’s holding a mic in his right hand and playing solely with his left (Oh My Love), playing on top of bassist Aaron Spiers’ shoulders in the middle of the crowd (Hey Hey Yeah), or playing on top of the bass drum, bent over to reach the mic (You Got It)…. he’s amazing to watch and he knows how to hold the audience’s attention. Breeze and Spiers take their turns during the set, coming to the barrier as well and the crowd love it!

Taking things down a few notches, Breeze comes center stage and both he and Spiers grab acoustic guitars to join Brown for a unique rendition of Eternity, which really shows off the quality of their harmonies. This moment is one of my favorites in the set. The fast tempo resumes, after a beautiful rendition of Oh My Love, with Hero revealing one of the best rhythm section performances of the evening. RavenEye reveal another new song Turn Out the Lights, before closing with You Got It. After the untimely death of Chris Cornell, RavenEye added a tribute to him by including a segment of Cochise in the guitar break which sounds amazing and fits in with the song perfectly. I’m glad they’ve kept that in!

I have high hopes and expectations for the next album. So far I’ve loved every song they’ve written, and the taste of the new songs has raised my anticipation levels. RavenEye is a band that you MUST see live, there isn’t anything like it!

Set List:

Come With Me
Get It Started
You’re A Lie
Out of the Rain
Hey Hey Yeah
Oh My Love
Breaking out
Oh My Love
Turn Out The Lights
You Got It

Remaining Tour Dates:

Feb 1 Brighton
Feb 2 London
Feb 4 Southampton
Feb 5 Cardiff
Feb 8 Dublin
Feb 9 Belfast
Feb 11 Glasgow
Feb 12 Edinburgh
Feb 17 Paris
Feb 19 Madrid
Feb 20 Barcelona
Feb 22 San Sebastian
Feb 24 Milan
Feb 26 Munich
Feb 27 Vienna
Feb 28 Berlin
Mar 2 Stuttgart
Mar 4 Cologne
Mar 5 Hamburg
Mar 6 Amsterdam
Mar 8 Copenhagen
Mar 9 Oslo
Mar 11 Gothenburg
Mar 13 Helsinki

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