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Interviews: Ravenous


We have had the opportunity to interview the Metal band Ravenous from Canada. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

The band name is based on our singer’s initials (R.A.V.) – as the original story goes, Rav (known on stage as R. A. Voltaire) was joking around with a bouncer at a local venue about how he was “ravenous for shawarma”… the bouncer said “RAV-enous!?”, and Rav said “hmm…. That’s actually a good band name” to which the bouncer replied “If you actually start a band called Ravenous, I’m punching you in the face” He still awaits his punch to the face

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

The inspiration came about after Rav spent a summer backpacking across Europe to various Metal festivals, which inspired him to create a band that had the anthemic catchiness of European Power Metal, but with the raw aggression of the more extreme sub-genres of Metal, harking to the days when Metal was still hungry!

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

We were all friends and fellow musicians in our local scene long before the band started

4. Each band member favourite band?

R. A. Voltaire – Judas Priest

Jake Wright – Leprous

Skyler Mills – Black Sabbath

Chris Valax – No favorites

Dave Crnkovic – There’s no band that does it all for me

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Our inspiration comes from personal experiences, fiction books, video games, movies, comic books, tabletop games (shout out to Magic: the Gathering), classic poetry, folklore, and historical events

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was on the Alestorm Canada tour of 2019 at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

7. Where would you like to perform?

The European festival circuit – especially Wacken Open Air!

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

We’ve crossed some names off that list with this album by working with Heinrich Yoshio and Vincent Jones of Aether Realm, Nina Osegueda of A Sound of Thunder, Mathias Blad of Falconer, and all of The Dread Crew of Oddwood, but we hope to collaborate with more singers we admire and even some new producers like Jacob Hansen and Jens Bogren in the future!

9. Whom not?

We won’t collaborate with any racists, homophobes, transphobes, or generally shitty individuals that make it their job to make other people’s lives more difficult.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Our singer Rav often talks about living with severe anxiety and how that affects his stage fright from the moment we load in, to the moment we get on stage – but like many famous singers have said, the truth is that you’re anxious because you give a shit. There’s no worse feeling than being apathetic to your own performance, especially to the audience, and the second you step on stage, trust us, the feeling will be overtaken by pure unbridled joy, and you will only feel the rush of playing the music you love, to a crowd of people there to see you do what you do best!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Blind Guardian, Falconer, Powerwolf, Sabaton, Unleash the Archers

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

One time after our show, we were enthusiastically approached by a fan in the back alley behind the venue – he was standing barefoot and asked us to sign his shoes!

13. What do you think of your fans?

Our fans are typically very open-minded, welcoming, nurturing, and supportive individuals who believe in the true sense of community that heavy metal brings 

14. What do you think of our site?

CAKAW!

15. Something to add?

Our new album ‘Hubris’ comes out October 22nd 2021 – you can pre-order it before September 10th 2021 for exclusive merch and huge discounts here: https://igg.me/at/hubris/x/19945107#/

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