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Having reviewed their debut single, 'Take Me', a few weeks ago, I was hot off the mark when the EP came up for review. 'Conspiracy' is the debut EP for WHITE RAVEN DOWN, a new band from Southend-on-Sea. The band's name is a metaphor for bad luck, the white raven being the bearer of good fortune but this one being "down" is therefore of no use as a lucky charm. I don't think they’ll need that analogy any longer… 'Conspiracy' will be available from 15th June 2018.
So, I load the EP on my phone, press play, and… am not disappointed in the slightest. The first track, 'Broken Door', has solid drums, those lush emotive nasally vocals, and grimy riffs. The verses are stripped back, with haunting melodies, and lead into a huge rousing chorus. After 4 minutes, the track is moved up a notch and drives it home to the close. Bloody hell.
When I reviewed 'Take Me' I described it as "high octane, riff-fuelled" and I haven't changed my mind. I love the sound of this guy's voice, gritty and passionate, and the track has a deep-seated groove and an absorbing guitar solo.
'Not Alone' starts with a head-banging intro and has a vintage ‘60s style to the vocal and riffs, again, with that bottomless vocal. The hard rock instrumental is huge and the drums get a hammering, but there are also some indie touches to their sound which make it stand out in a crowded, talented market at the moment. It's melodic and memorable and I double-dare you not to sing along.
'Silence' is my track of the EP, a gentler guitar-led intro and the familiar WRD style of mellow verses against an anthemic chorus; "we will not be ignored". Indeed. The true extent of the depth and pitch of the vocal is more evident here, both the vocal and the instrumental rising and falling and taking my heart-rate along for the ride. The guitar work from 3:30 is simply divine, building to a roaring solo, adding to the thrill of the chase and excitement of the track. This song alone is like a three course meal - you exit the other side fully nourished and satiated. Heavenly.
'Salvation' crashes into the party like the A-list friend you’ve all been waiting for, with a vocal which is more gravelly but not any less emotive and stunning riffs. Again the beat is super catchy, fleshing out unforgettable melodies with vibrant vocals, and closing a momentous debut EP.
Remember the name, WHITE RAVEN DOWN. You heard it here first. The most addictive debut EP I've heard in a long while and a band where I instantly love every note and chord. There is some awesome new talent out there right now and these guys have the potential to help lead the way.
Buy it. Love it. Spread the word.
"Take Me" Single
LINDA PARKER - SHE WOLF
The band, have just exploded like an Atom, onto the U.K music scene! You would be forgiven for thinking this band as been around for years when you hear this single, and how professional it sounds.
Stu Bailey (guitarist) from the band, told me to expect this debut single very soon, and today the wait was over!
Opening my messages today, there it was, the video to their debut single! Hitting the play button i couldn't wait!
Holy Lord!!, All i can say is, this tune smacked me full in the head with an almighty explosion. Hard hitting, full on Hard Rock and just the kind of band I like to get my teeth into.
"Take Me" hit me from the word go! Extraordinary fine vocals from front man Bill Taylor, and The immense Guitar solo from Stu Baliey belting out like a Thunderous,Rock Siren, has left me wanting to hear more!! The bass and drum booming out like a thunderous applause!
This may be their first single but hell am i looking forward to hearing more from this band!
If this is what we can expect from their forthcoming debut EP, it is going to be a Hell of a ride!
Radio Stations, Promoters, Venues.. THE WORLD!!!
People you seriousley need to check this band out! NOW- Respect to this band for this!
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White Raven Down have managed to catch our attention and then some with their release titled ‘Salvation‘, taken from their debut EP ‘Conspiracy’. The four-piece are situated in Essex, made up of members Bill (Vox), Stu (Guitar), Luke (Bass) and Tom (Drums). White Raven Down have recieved fantastic support from a number of angles in regards to their most recent work. BBC Introducing have been showing love for the band from one angle, whilst the band have ammased 10,000 views on their music video for previous track ‘Take Me‘.
However, the bands uniquesness and individuality shine through in their latest video for track ‘Salvation‘.
‘Salvation’ emits a level of energy that will instantly see you connect with the four-piece. With dynamic vocals, a haunting and alluring tone and reverberant guitars, it’s no surprise that this track hits like a sledgehammer but is polite enough to keep you around for the duration.
It’s a fine example of what belief and understanding in your ability can deliver. The performance in the video, the performance throughout the track itself and the overall feeling just adds so much weight and direction to an already great body of work. Passion shines through in almost every aspect and the performance and I will be amazed if anyone is not able to pick up on this themselves.
The vocals are placed so well amongst the mix that the track has the ability to shine without taking away anything from any performance given throughout. In fear of repeating myself due to how great I think this track is, I will have to hold fire a little. But be under no illusions, I am a huge fan of this band upon hearing this track.
It’s an honest track, with a punch as hard the Hulks and an energy that would see the most lethargic amongst us get completly pumped. I look forward to seeing what else is to come in the future from White Raven Down.
An interesting band with a more interesting proposal. That’s White Raven Down with “Conspiracy.” The interest begins with the band’s name, which was taken from an old norse legend “A White Raven and a Bison.” An urban tale, or myth says that rock bands are kind of airheads – there is even a film with this title – who can’t even spell their own names. We all know that’s not the reality, but, you know, they can keep it, we simply don’t care. What I have to say is that’s certainly some fresh air.
Well, to begin with, “Conspiracy” has a great opening track, “Broken Door.” Strong Metal riffed with uptempos and downtempos which bring a complex atmosphere of emotions to the song. On second track things change drastically. From “Take Me” White Raven Down show everything they got. And it’s a 1990 driven sound as they admit. The cool thing about this is that White Raven Down leave behind the boring aspects about the grunge scene to bring out what they had of most exciting. They don’t shoegaze all the time, they don’t write those repetitive riffings that go around song after song. “Silence”, for instance, is full of excitement even using the formula. And a great guitar solo and drumming.
What we take from it is White Raven Down only got the inspiration from grunge scene and built up their own. But, hey, isn’t it what we expect from bands? Yes, it is. Listen to the guitar leading phrase in “Salvation” and tell me you won’t catch yourself singing it along. Here I have to open a parenthesis to the guitar performance. Man, the guy is a powerhouse of cool phrasing. The ones that make you air guitar and sing along. The same in “Take Me” and its leading guitar riff.
White Raven Down are a band that call the shots. And it’s so important to a band because they do what they really like as one can feel listening to their songs. It’s noticiable the guys are having a good time. Again, as I always do, the problem is that “Conspiracy” is an EP with only five tracks. We’re looking forward for some more.
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"Salvation" Music Video
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The Patriot, Crumlin, Wales
Down The Front Media
Southend-on-Sea natives WHITE RAVEN DOWN say their sound doesn’t fit into a specific genre, but they definitely have a very strong hard rock feel with a modern twist. The band released their single ‘Take Me’ followed by the EP ‘Conspiracy’ just two months later. Their evolution as a band has resulted in solid, energetic live performances, where the band come alive, bringing the crowd with them.
Lively, loud and energetic, the guys are striking right from the outset, with thick, riff heavy guitars and solid, rumbling bass lines. Tom seems supercharged with nitro, his powerful drumming with Will’s melodic vocals overlaid sounds incredible; the multi-layering makes for an immense sound, it was pumping! Will has incredible tone, especially on ‘Silence’, dedicated to Fiona, DTF Front of House manager for the weekend. He was a great, engaging frontman, performing a fantastic Freddie Mercury-esque tribute.
These guys have gig etiquette to the max! They were so incredibly supportive of all the bands playing here this weekend and of the industry as a whole. Brilliant interaction and audience participation. This is an expressive, entertaining band and their set went by in a flash, a true sign of a fucking good band! They would make worthy headliners. It’s time you #jointheconspiracy
Shoutout to Stu Bailey who has to riverdance over his gigantic pedal board! #NicestGuyInRock
Not Alone [2.0]
Games Brains & Headbanging Life
Essex, UK up and coming rock band, White Raven Down have released the video for the track Not Alone taken from their Conspiracy EP. The audio has been remixed by Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine and Stone Broken) to give it a 2.0 flavour.
We like White Raven Down. We like them a lot. We look at them and can see a band that could be huge in the future if they continue to work as hard as they currently do.
They just seem to get how to be a band in modern times. Huge social media presence, building and securing a tight fanbase before spreading their wings and heading out around the country. Then there is the music. A tightly controlled slab of hard rock that is both radio friendly and filled with head-bangers at the same time.
Join the conspiracy indeed.
This new release just cements everything we already know. For starters…the video is a banger. Very professional and so very rock and roll. As for the song? It’s simple really…it’s a catchy banger that highlights everything great about this band.
From the groovy as heck riffs to the powerful yet restrained vocals to the depth the bass adds to the rhythm and the meatiness of the drums. It’s impossible to not bang your head along to this track but you already know that, right?
If not, check it out yourself...
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Games, Brains & Headbanging Life
The Corporation, Sheffield
Brendan – What a talented group these guys are. They really do seem to have it all. Great vocals, an excellent guitarist and a brilliant rhythm section that pushes out a plethora of filthy grooves. They have great stage presence too. Even a broken bass string, spot of spontaneous jogging for the bassist to get a replacement and the 3 minutes of improvisation while they wait for his return becomes an endearing moment rather than an awkward one. They are infectiously enthusiastic, and their music catches you and pulls you along on a wave of punchy riffing. I could happily have listened to these guys for another 30 minutes. Join the Conspiracy – I have.
Carl – The mark of a great band is how they handle an on-stage issue, the one Brendan mentioned above and White Raven Down are a great band. Plying their hard rock sound, they are the epitome of professionalism and knock it out of the park with a bunch of head-banging tunes. I’ve been a fan for a while now and shows like this just confirm them as one of the shining lights of the UK rock scene.
Hard Rock Hell Xlll
Acoustic & Electric Live Review
Rock Media UK
A great way to start the day from White Raven Down with a chilled out acoustic set, supposedly their first in front of an audience. If that is indeed true we wouldn’t have known if they hadn’t told us. With Bill the singer suffering from a touch man flu and the set list left back in the van they were taking a risk that all would be okay. But with Tom the percussionist switching between bongo and cajon as the song required, they clearly had a great feel for the material, with the vocals to a degree benefiting from the singers suffering, the voice breaking up at times but this just had the effect of adding extra soul and emotion. Stu on guitar added sensitive backing vocals enhancing the impact of the songs. There was some good banter with the audience and to finish proceedings they feigned covering Stairway to Heaven before launching into an amusing and enjoyable cover of Tenacious D’s Tribute, before finally ending with the closing line from Stairway, brilliant. Later in the day White Raven Down performed an electric set starting with a great dramatic build up led into an energetic and powerful delivery but unfortunately due to a bout of man flu the vocals from Bill were weak. Turning up the vocals in the mix would have helped combat this, but he soldiered on and did a pretty good job in the circumstances and the crowd engagement was great. Fortunately I’d seen their acoustic set earlier which gave me a good indication of their song-writing skills. should be when fully fit so I will have to seek out these guys again when they have a fully functioning singer.
The Yard, Cornwall.
Next are another bunch of relative newcomers that have only been around for a few years, and have clearly been hungry to get back on stage. White Raven Down play their blend of hard rock and metal with power and precision and are extremely tight. Guitarist Stu makes his presence and his huge riffs stand out even further as he positions himself on the concrete security barrier to get closer to those craving the metal. Songs from their debut EP Conspiracy are fiercely banged out and prove that these guys have what it takes to take the metal genre to the next generation.
The Yard, Cornwall.
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Now I have to admit, I’ve been a big fan of their music for a while now and was chuffed to see them on the bill. Lo and behold, the boys from Essex were every bit as good live as they are in the studio. They were so pumped up prior to this, to return to live music means everything and deliver the goods they did. If you’ve not heard them before, it has to be said they have a unique sound, and delivered a perfect set with the energy and banter bursting from every pore.
Stu-Bailey (guitar) delivers some crystal solos on his Gibson SG whilst the solid rhythmic throb of Tom Mrazek (drums) & Luke Chappell (Bass) keep a power backing thumping along to perfection.
Now here’s where they pulled off an unusual master-stroke. They opened with a new song, from their forthcoming album called Mindreader. Instantly we were all drawn in, what could have been a kiss of death became a mesmerising moment and it wasn’t long before the guys had the crowd on their side delivering the tempo-changing Broken Door, along with their big tunes such as Take me, Salvation and Not Alone, singer Will Taylor, looking for all the World like a younger, thinner Russel Crowe, wowed and won the fans by leaping off the stage to sprint around the crowd, all the while delivering a clipped and majestic vocal set.
In short, the guys lived up to all my expectations, and won many more fans with that performance- if you haven’t checked them out, you need to, from playing them on Rockhammer, I can tell you they have been equally well received on both sides of the Atlantic now.
B2 Venue, Norwich.
First up on the night were White Raven Down and it was great to finally meet guitarist Stu Bailey in person and not through social media before they hit the stage.
The aural onslaught began and it brought a smile to the face and a shiver to the spine as they blasted their way through a set containing the likes of Salvation, Take Me and the brilliant Not Alone and also treated us to a new song set to be on the new upcoming album, and what a song it was too! It was a blistering start to the night which saw Stu disappearing into the crowd on a number of occasions, his fingers a blur as his guitar wailed. What a great bunch of guys and what an awesome display they put on, if you get the chance to see them live you won’t be disappointed.
The Station, Cannock.
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Since their first single ’Take Me’ in 2018 the four guys of White Raven Down have gained a load of media attention and are now beginning to appear regularly on festival lineups, they are also the special guests for Gin Annie on the up coming tour starting at the end of September. You are immediately taken with the strength of this band, the power in the vocals of Will Taylor is backed up by the force of Tomáš Mrázek from the drum stool, the fervent guitar of Stu Bailey and faultless bass playing of Luke Chappell. Altogether they make their own style of heavy and unrelenting rock and it’s something to relish. They embark tonight with ‘Mind Reader’ and the audience is all too ready for some serious ear bashing. Many from the Conspiracy album of 2018 make up the set, ‘Broken Door’ and the encapsulating ‘Not Alone’ with its grungy, hardcore riffs. ‘Silence’ sees Will deliver more extreme vocals and there’s a few bars of Sabbaths Iron Man to give it added pleasure. ‘Take Me’ with it’s mind destroying guitar intro from Stu, is a fan favourite and even seated you can see the Station is buzzing with enjoyment. ‘All Day Long’ and then the almighty ‘Salvation’ brings matters to a finale. Despite being at tables and socially distanced, WRD managed to create an electric atmosphere and if this is anything to go by, they will be adding many more to their fan base ‘The Conspiracy’ ( Group of Ravens ) during the rest of this year.