On the radar: The Raven Age

George Harris of The Raven Age had his guitar switch flipped when he was fortunate enough to catch Killswitch Engage at Ozzfest in the US, aged 14. 

Maiden have passionate, hardcore fans and it’s almost like they can sense fear

“I’m a big fan of melody mixed with heavy,” he tells us. “Adam D and Joel’s playing style was just what I was missing at that point.”

Nerves of Iron

George’s own brand of muscular melody can be heard all over the Londoner’s debut Darkness Will Rise, which comes across like a cleaner Killswitch. You can see why they’ve landed supports with Mastodon, Ghost and (George’s dad’s band) Iron Maiden.

“The key was giving everything we had every second of the set,” reflects George of the latter experience. “They are passionate, hardcore fans and it’s almost like they can sense fear, but they will always respect a band that’s giving every last bit of energy to deliver a heavy metal show!”

  • For fans of: Killswitch Engage 
  • Gear: LTD MH1000ET with Evertune bridge, EVH EL34

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk (opens in new tab), which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.

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