Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England back in 1974, the brothers Gallagher cut their teeth playing the pubs and clubs until solidifying their line up in 1980 with drummer Rob Hunter. The trio went on to release three of the most influential metal albums of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) on the Neat records label - (Rock Until You Drop (1981), Wiped Out (1982) and All for One (1983)) - which in turn inspired every band of that era and beyond. Basically, without Raven you wouldn't have thrash/speed metal...after all, the band did give Metallica and Anthrax their first tours!
1984's Live at the Inferno is the band's final album for Neat Records before signing with Atlantic. "In order to preempt our old record company putting out the inevitable "greatest hits"; we basically did this album live and was part of our deal in getting away from Neat Records," explains John Gallagher. "A great snapshot of what we sounded like right there on that second USA tour! Back cover shot is from the Roseland NYC show we did with Anthrax and Metallica - where all three bands got signed...my favorite? "Let It Rip!"