Raven Black Night comes from the City of Churches known as Adelaide in South Australia. Raven Black Night has had good success since its inception in 1999, not only in Australia but has played internationally at the Headbangers Open Air in Germany in 2007 alongside Candlemass Helloween and Rage. This success was made due to their first album Choose The Dark released in 2005 showing their love and talent of old-school heavy metal.
Raven Black Nights follow-up Barbarian Winter is no different, if it’s the old school you want this is exactly what you’re going to get. From the opening track, it’s an album that old-school metallers will enjoy with hard-hitting chords, quick solo work, and vibrato singing. Jim’s vocals will remind you of Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio, and King Diamond and he has a large range of singing. The stand-out track for me would be the title track Barbarian Winter – not only is it a long epic journey of a song but the final few minutes of the song will have you surprised as it’s something you will not expect (I don’t want to give anything away). The boys also gave us a surprise with a cover putting their own mark on the Black Sabbath classic “Changes” and they have made the song their own in a very good way. Nocturnal Birth is another great track from the album; I honestly thought I was listening to Black Sabbath when I first heard.
Raven Black Night has definitely proved once again that old-school metal still exists. For the new metallers, it may take a couple of listens for you to enjoy it but it’s definitely for the old metal fan. This is a good follow-up album and hopefully, we will see Raven Black Night again play internationally as well as locally.
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Release Year: 2013
Label: Metal Blade Records
Reviewed by Brent Logan