Face to face with Ravenous

Ravenous are cool and it’s a fact. They bring an air of old-school thrash metal into contemporary metal scene and do it so skillfully, that restore your faith in good old metal. Their album ‘We Are Become Death’ is the finest example of everything we love about thrash and if you like Metallica, Machine Head or Pantera, this record will be right up your street. Ravenous’s lead singer and guitarist David Game tells Rock Britain about the album, live shows and the importance of playing covers.
–  Your album ‘We Are Become Death’ has been out for a while. How has the reaction to it been so far?
– Hi, And thanks for the opportunity to talk to you!
The album has been extremely well received critically and we have had some great online reviews. Our live shows have also been incredibly rewarding. I have found it an amazing contrast to go through the stress (hair loss and near insolvency) of producing our first album to then get on a stage and be appreciated for it all. Critics and fans alike have been Amazing, its made it all worth while!
– How would you introduce the record to someone who hasn’t heard your music?
– Unfortunately I would have to start the conversation with a sweeping generalisation! genres are very arbitrary but they are a quick and easy way of getting started! I would introduce our music by saying that in terms of direction we are very thrash oriented and would say that our three biggest influences would be Metallica, Machine Head and Pantera deliberately ordered as such. But, I would also say that our music is self scrutinised with the only criteria to fulfill being; do we ALL feel it?If yes, it’s on the album, if no, it’s binned.
– Are you working at any new material at the moment?
– Creation is a constant. Always.
– When you started your career, you performed cover versions of thrash and groove metal bands’ songs. How did performing covers help you discover your own identity?
– Performing covers is an essential part I feel in the forming of any band, It’s great for finding what sounds, melodies, harmonies and beats really feel expressive and in line with how you feel alone and as a band. It’s also a great way to simply sharpen your skills as a performer.
– How was your first original song ‘Ravenous’ born?
– I was watching the film ‘300’ and thought fuck! I have this phrygian riff that sounds really primitive, dark and blood thirsty! It was probably the hundredthriff I’d written but it was the first I truly thought was good, I had the ‘RA-VE-NOUS’ chorus already penned so I knew the song was going to have to be about that want, drive, need and hunger for victory, all I needed was my first true inspiration…
– You’ve been a band since 2008. Which events do you consider to be the most important in your career so far?
– Every single gig and every single person who shows up! That’s what music is.
– What is your approach towards your live shows?
– I’ve always been a perfectionist and as such was missing the most important thing of all in our early shows, enjoyment! It sounds stupid but I would obsess before each show over the performance of each song and the sounding of every note, beat and vocal that was performed until the performance became a chore. I remember a friend watching one night said to me ‘God man, you gotta loosen up and enjoy yourself, that’s what it’s all about!’ It was hardly the most philosophical statement I’d ever heard but it soon became my mantra.
– Which countries would you most of all like to play in and why?
– All. The whole world is capable of loving music and every nation has a unique beauty.
– What’s your view on the metal scene in the UK today?
– I feel there are some great talents all over the UK and to mention any would mean mentioning all and there are too many. On a more sombre note however, I do believe that the scene could benefit from a lot more support from punters and performers alike. I don’t know if the whole of the UK is the same but there have been a great deal of venues in the south of England go under in recent years and it really is a shame that a lot of people are now just not going out. Many small bands work really hard and spend a lot of money and time as well as jeopardize their relationships to perform, tour and produce records. If they can’t simply cover their losses they will die out. It could be just a natural and essential dichotomy but I really feel modern life and the internet the unintentional cause.
– What’s your biggest ambition in music?
– To never lose the want to keep writing, performing and to never become lost to the protocols of everyday life.
David Game (Lead Vocals/Guitar Ravenous) \m/

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