Blues Metal Band RavenEye; A Band Not to Miss at Aftershock
If you are a rock and roll fan who loves blues guitar, then RavenEye is the Aftershock band for you. Listed as the first band to play on the opening day, RavenEye is a talented blues-metal outfit from from Milton Keynes, England. Led by successful blues guitarist Oli Brown, and including bassist Aaron Spiers and drummer Kev Hickman, RavenEye may be a new band, but they are anything but rookies to the music scene.
One listen to the title track of the new EP “Breaking Out” will show you just how great this band is. This is a band led by a 25 year old guitarist who brings in visions of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Kenny Wayne Shepard. The music is hard and heavy for us metal fans, but everything about it, the deep vocals, the epic guitar solos and the backing bass and drums tells you, this is music from the heart of a bluesman.
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RavenEye’s first European tour was in support of another epic guitar god, Joe Satriani, and coming late this summer is RavenEye’s first trip to this side of the pond supporting Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. Oli Brown belongs in the conversation with the great guitarists of modern music. The 5 song EP is a brilliant display of musical talent. This does not come out of nowhere, however, since there is a long library of incredible blues tunes Oli Brown put together over the past ten years of solo work. It is definitely worth your time to listen to some of this music as it shows just how far RavenEye can go with the talented musicians that make up the band. Watch a few minutes below of the young Oli Brown, and head out to the 2:30 mark "Manic Bloom." This guy is a blues virtuoso who is making his talents accessible to those of us who prefer metal.
If the order of the lineup on the website is representative of the order of the bands performing on Saturday, I can guarantee that I will be in that line early, as I will not want to miss a single chord of this outstanding new band. I only hope their set is long enough to give Oli Brown the opportunity to dazzle us with one of his skilled solos.
Dan Adler was raised in Southern California to a mom and dad, one of whom appreciated Creedence and left wing anti-war politics. By the teenage years, Dan became obsessed with Black Sabbath, listening to the same seven albums repeatedly for 5 years. During this time, his favorite concert experience was seeing Metallica open for a bunch of bands that no longer exist and winning the 1st ever Santa Cruz Air Guitar contest. After several years in Africa listening and dancing to Chimurenga music, Dan returned to have the two best children in the world, one of whom spends a lot of time at concerts with him. What a lucky dad!