The Raven Age Debut ‘No Man’s Land’ Off Stripped Back ‘Exile’ Album
Melodic metal group The Raven Age have set Exile as the follow-up to 2019's Conspiracy album, which will feature two new original songs, one being the newly-released "No Man's Land," reimagined versions of past songs and a handful of live selections.
"The concept for Exile is something we had been toying with for a while," said vocalist Matt James.
"We had done alternate acoustic style versions of songs before and the response was so positive it made us think about doing a whole album this way! Obviously, The Raven Age is first and foremost a metal band but due to the melodic nature of our songs they can lend themselves to this kind of treatment. We were pleasantly surprised how great so many of the songs sounded stripped back to their bare bones," he continued.
"Each reimagined song has now taken on a new life of its own and gives the listener a completely different perspective from them," the singer further detailed.
Expressing more excitement for the forthcoming release, James offered, "The two new tracks 'Wait For Me' and 'No Man’s Land' were a homage to this project's concept and we hope it shows people the band's versatility and different dimensions. Exile is a passion project for our fans in between albums and with the current climate of the planet, it gave us the perfect excuse to roll with it!"
Guitarist George Harris, son of Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris, commented on the new single, stating, "'No Man's Land' is a song reflective of the mental state I was in when everything hit at the start of 2020. The band had a huge couple of years touring wise and had built up so much momentum, the morale in the camp was higher than ever before. Our last gig of 2019 was at the London O2 arena alongside Alter Bridge and Shinedown, so to go from those heights to nothing was devastating for us."
"We're at the stage in our careers where we rely on that momentum and buzz to keep us reaching forward," Harris went on, "and to have the rug pulled from underneath us left us in a state of limbo where we suddenly didn't know if everything we'd built so far and worked so hard for was all for nothing."
Listen to "No Man's Land," a stripped back, emotive track, at the bottom of the page where you'll also find the album art and track listing for Exile, which will be out Sept 17 on EX1 Records.
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The Raven Age, "No Man's Land" Lyrics
As the night closes in rest your weary head and
Find some shelter then say your prayers again
All my hopes are in limbo of lost dreams
All but forgotten or so it may seem to me
Find your purpose find your truth then they all will follow you
Count your blessings and pretend you can visualise the end
Slipping further in descent but together we bleed red
A past lives repent
I can't decide if I have the fight in me
I'm searching for a sign that I can't see
And tell me what it must be like to ascend to the skies
They've clipped my wings now I cannot fly
And tell me something of a world where the dreams are alive
I wonder sometimes what it must be like
Tread the water beneath tides are turning I see
How your future is all that you believe
All the choices that lead to this moment
They have to mean something or is it all for nothing
Time is ticking away will you untie this noose around me
I know if the beckoning finger I follow draws me in then it's too late
The Raven Age, "No Man's Land" Music Video
The Raven Age, Exile Album Art + Track Listing
01. "No Man’s Land"
02. "Wait For Me"
04. "As the World Stood Still"
05. "A Look Behind the Mask"
06. "Dying Embers"
07. "Hold High the Fleur De Lis"
08. "Seventh Heaven" (Live In Santiago)
09. "Angel in Disgrace" (Live In Los Angeles)
10. "Surrogate" (Live In Vancouver)
11. "Forgotten World" (Live In London)