The Raven Age
Alcatraz Line up: 2022
The Raven Age have shown they are the perfect ambassadors for a new generation of British metal acts. Founded in 2009 by George Harris (son of Iron Maiden chief Steve Harris) and Dan Wright, this melodic metal band stands for contemporary and melodic metal. They released their self-titled debut EP in 2014, landing them support slots for the likes of Mastodon and Tremonti. In 2016 they got to open for Iron Maiden on their Book of Souls world tour. The following year they released their full-length debut, ‘Darkness Will Rise’: melodic, epic and dynamic but at times also fast-paced and abusively heavy. They made a lasting impression at three consecutive editions (2016-2018) of GMM and since then they’ve released their sophomore effort ‘Conspiracy’ (2019), with shorter tracks but similar history-themed lyrics, and ‘Exile’ (2021). The latter contains acoustic versions of previously recorded material as well as four blistering live recordings, the perfect introduction if you haven’t caught them on stage yet.