Monday, August 25, 2014


S/T by These Raven Skies
(Blackstream Records)

Canadian rockers, These Raven Skies come out swinging for the fences with their powerful self titled debut outing. Featuring  Jeff Martin (of The Tea Party) who not only agreed to take on production but also became involved as a co-writer and "unofficial" fifth band member. Completing the band are Perkins (vocals), Alex Whitcombe (guitar), Shand Munro (drums) and Trevor Landmark (bass). This is a fairly accessible album from These Raven Skies and it has a predominantly mellow and brooding vibe with some flashy moments reminiscent of Led Zeppelin. Like Led Zeppelin, the These Raven Skies are a true rock-fusion band that melds elements of blues and rock-n-roll, and this fusion is evident throughout this album. All nine tracks served up are spot on. My personal favorites are, the lead off single, "No Need To Worry (feat. Jeff Martin), the all out rocker, "Are We Having Fun",  the acoustic gem, "Emily & Alick", and "Truth Be Told". These Raven Skies are yet another fine Canadian product that will probably be around for awhile. If you like pretty much any type of rock there should be something on here that you'll enjoy.  Overall, These Raven Skies debut outing is a phenomenal piece of work.  This is one recording not to be missed. If you like Led Zeppelin and/or Soundgarden, I am thinking you'd be glad to give These Raven Skies a shot. - Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society/All Access Magazine

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