I can’t say I loved Screaming for Vengeance. It felt pretty commercial to me – a little too concerned with selling records and not enough with Metal!!
I didn’t know what to think of this band with a hilariously un-metal band name, which was a good thing, as this record surprised me.
Imagine a faster, louder Judas Priest, or a faster Maiden with a little more diversity to their sound (if, say, Maiden were more rooted in earlier metal). That’s what Raven sounds like to me and it’s awesome.
I have listened to a fair amount of Metallica and so I guess that instantly puts me in a “hey, Megadeth doesn’t sound like Metallica?” mindset which isn’t helpful.