MP3 Ravage - Spectral rider
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12 MP3 Songs
METAL: Heavy Metal, METAL: 80's Metal
Alec 'Al Ravage' Firicano - Vocals Age: 23
Eli Firicano - Lead and Rhythm Guitar / Keyboards Age:22
Nick Izzo - Lead and Rhythm Guitar Age:24
Howie Snow - Bass Age: 20
George Bellofatto - Drums Age: 20
Ravage is a band that seeks to return a sense of "power" to power metal. The band's unique blend of classic NWOBHM-style heavy metal and late 90's European power metal is a breath of fresh air in a scene rife with tried extreme metal acts, wimpy melodic metal and bland rock. The band formed as far back as 1995, when two brothers in their early teens set out to form a band hell-bent on returning heavy metal to the glory it had lost with the invasion of the hapless early 90's grunge trend. Alec "Al Ravage" Firicano started out on drums and eventually became the vocalist of the group, while his brother Eli Firicano started on bass and eventually took up the guitar. After years of line-up changes, numerous demo recordings and countless underground shows, the brothers had honed their playing and forged a unique, but traditional heavy metal sound. By 2001, they had recruited a line-up of players capable of delivering the full potential of the band's now well-refined songs in a live setting. They had picked up an excellent second axe-man and songwriter named Nick Izzo, and the band's sound was soon defined by a firey duel rhythm guitar attack.
In 2003, Ravage finally produced a quality demo recording of some of their best songs with the aim of securing a record deal to produce a full-length album. After the release of that recording, the successful 6 song "Curse Of Heaven" EP, the band fielded numerous offers from underground record labels and eventually chose Germany's Karthago Records. The band entered the studio again in 2005 and recorded a self-financed 11 song album "Spectral Rider". "Spectral Rider" was recorded during a transitional period in the band which saw drummer Phil Coyne, whom the band had taken from the ranks of young local technical thrash metal phenoms Cryptic Warning, leave to pursue other numerous musical projects. The band also parted ways with bassist Anthony Bud. Nick Izzo and Eli Firicano would complete the bass guitar work on the album.
Soon after recording the final tracks however, the band picked up their tightest rhythm section to date, adding rok solid drummer George Bellofatto, and six-string-slinging bassist Howie Snow (who contributed the bassline to the bonus track on the album, a remix of the song "Curse Of Heaven" from the band's earlier EP).
The "Spectral Rider" album will appeal to metal and rock fans of both today and yesteryear with it's classic metal mixture of catchy, high-energy melodies, thrashingly frantic rhythms and intense lyrical imagery.
With an average band member age of just 21 years old, and with playing skills and song writing abilities far beyond their years, Ravage has limitless potential and should be rocking well into the future to come.
The "Spectral Rider" album was produced by Jackson Fenstermaker, who also produced Ravage's "Curse Of Heaven" EP in 2003
The drums on the "Spectral Rider" album were recorded by Bassil Silver-Hajo of the folk metal band, Devil In The Kitchen
Artwork for the "Spectral Rider" album was completed by Spanish artist Vicente Feijoo, who is also guitarist for the legendary Spanish hard rock act, Zarpa.
Drummer Phil Coyne was only 17 years old when he recorded the tracks for Ravage's "Spectral Rider" album
Ravage has opened for national acts such as 80's heavy metal stars Lizzy Borden, The Alex Skolnick Trio (ex-Testament), Angel Rot (ex-White Zombie), and Believer (The Ozzy Osbourne Tribute Band)
Ravage reached the #1 spot on the https://www.tradebit.com hard rock charts and was featured with it's song "The Wasteland" from the "Curse Of Heaven" demo
Song "Curse Of Heaven" chosen to be featured on Heavy Oder Was!? Magazine underground sampler in 2003 (50,000 copies distributed with magazines)
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