Metal To Infinity

"When the moon is full, and your heart is dark, join us in the night. The Raven Black Night" is the anthem of this band, which originates from South Australia.  These musicians recorded their debut album ''Choose The Dark'' in Oct./Nov. 2003 at the Soundhouse Studios.  Almost one hour of great hardrock music with influences starting in the 70's (St. Vitus, Black Sabbath) and spiced up with modern influences from Candlemass and Mercyful Fate!


The line up of the band consist of a White Knight who is taking care of the clean vocals and lead guitar and a Black Knight who's responsible for the bass tunes and death vocals. Joe Toscano is The Duke and drummer, while The Raven (Rino Armorino) his task is to anticipate with the rhythm guitar tunes. 


The White Knight as mentioned before is also known as Jim Petkoff, and this musician was also responsible for the music of The Loving Tongue.  It seems like both bands still exist, so Jim is able to decide what song will fit for which band. 


Musical wise, the music of Raven Black Night is truly awesome.  Expect some Doom material with older Black Sabbath riffs and poured into a modern, fresh sound and great production...  From the very first track 'Morbid Gladiator' , to 'My Love Is Holy' until the ending track 'Ancient Mist', there is not one filler on the whole disc!  It's really great to hear those down tuned guitars and deadly slowly riffs that are able to split you in two! Nowadays, there are many doom metal bands and acts, and a lot of cool releases, but most of them miss the atmosphere and vibe like only the true legends of hardrock were able to bring.   Fans of Black Sabbath, Ozzy and similar directions need to check this band out!    The homepage will give you extra info on this quartet, so don't wait any longer and enter the world wide web: www.myspace/ravenblacknight  or www.reverbnation.com/ravenblacknight to order your copy! Also check: www.facebook.com/ravenblacknight


My rating: 90 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)