The “On And On” music video is the epitome of what METAL is supposed to be, fun and against the grain of popular society!

Raven is an English heavy metal band, active since 1974. The brainchild of the Gallagher brothers, John (Vocals, Bass) and Mark (Guitar), this NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) group has released thirteen studio albums. They are considered a major influence on the thrash genre, including bands such as “The Big Four” (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax). Raven is also noted for headlining Metallica’s first ever national tour in 1983.

The reason I chose this band and album, Stay Hard (1985) was a music video for the song, “On And On”, I saw on MTV‘s Head Bangers Ball back in the day. I’ve always equated Raven to England’s version of Twisted Sister, replacing the flamboyant makeup and costumes with hockey gear and other athletic stage garb.

The “On And On” music video is the epitome of what METAL is supposed to be, fun and against the grain of popular society! This video is hokey, but it’s filled with eye candy. You just can’t beat an ’80s metal video filled with amazing CHICKS! I don’t know about you, but I would sign a contract with Creepy Records in a second! A performance offering of a band out of control, the mannequin beheading is classic!

Unfortunately, by the time Stay Hard was released (1985), hair metal had become mainstream. The thrash movement was also gaining steam leaving many NWOBHM bands on the outside looking in. Many consider Stay Hard as Raven’s swansong, but the group continues to plug away. Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live in Aalborg was just released last January via Steamhammer Records.

Check out Raven’s “On And On” and experience classic heavy metal as it should be, entertaining! \m/

Raven (1985):

John Gallagher – Vocals, Bass

Mark Gallagher – Guitar

Rob “Wacko” Hunter – Drums

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