Paul Raven (musician)

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Paul Raven
Birth namePaul Vincent Raven
Born(1961-01-16)16 January 1961
Wolverhampton, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Died20 October 2007(2007-10-20) (aged 46)
Geneva, Switzerland [1]
Years active1980–2007
Associated acts

Paul Vincent Raven (16 January 1961 20 October 2007) [1] was a bassist best known for his work in the post-punk group Killing Joke. He later played in the industrial music bands Prong, Ministry, and Zilch.

Post-punk is a broad type of rock music that emerged from the punk movement of the 1970s, in which artists departed from the simplicity and traditionalism of punk rock to adopt a variety of avant-garde sensibilities and diverse influences. Inspired by punk's energy and DIY ethic but determined to break from rock cliches, artists experimented with sources including electronic music and black styles like dub, funk, free jazz, and disco; novel recording and production techniques; and ideas from art and politics, including critical theory, modernist art, cinema and literature. Communities that produced independent record labels, visual art, multimedia performances and fanzines developed around these pioneering musical scenes, which coalesced in cities such as London, New York, Manchester, Melbourne, Sydney, and San Francisco.

Killing Joke English post-punk band

Killing Joke are an English rock band formed in October 1978 in Notting Hill, London, England. The original line-up included Jaz Coleman, Paul Ferguson (drums), Geordie Walker (guitar) and Youth (bass).

Prong (band) American heavy metal band

Prong is an American heavy metal band formed in 1986 by bassist Mike Kirkland and guitarist Tommy Victor, the band's sole constant member. To date, they have released twelve studio albums, one live album, four EPs, one DVD and one remix album. Prong had two independent releases — Primitive Origins (1987) and Force Fed (1989) — which attracted the attention of Epic Records, who signed the band in 1989. Their first two albums on Epic — Beg to Differ (1990) and Prove You Wrong (1991) — were released to critical acclaim and garnered attention on MTV's Headbangers Ball. The band's 1994 album Cleansing was also very successful, and included one of their well-known songs "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck". After releasing one more album, Prong disbanded in 1997, but reformed in 2002 and has continued to tour and record since then.



Raven was born on 16 January 1961 in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, and was the son of folk musician Jon Raven. [4] His early musical career included stints in Neon Hearts, who released 3 singles from 1977–79 and the album Popular Music in 1979, and the short-lived 1982 glam rock band, Kitsch, which also included Rook Randle and Tyla, before he would go on to larger success with his band, Dogs D'Amour. In the summer of 1980 he played bass with the also short-lived Tony McPhee's Turbo. The band played a few gigs and recorded a three-track session for Capitol Radio. Turbo included Clive Brooks, the drummer with Tony McPhee's band the Groundhogs (1972–1975).

Wolverhampton City and Metropolitan borough in England

Wolverhampton is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England. At the 2011 census, it had a population of 249,470. The demonym for people from the city is 'Wulfrunian'.

West Midlands (county) County of England

The West Midlands is a metropolitan county in western-central England with a 2014 estimated population of 2,808,356, making it the second most populous county in England after Greater London. It came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972, formed from parts of Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. The county itself is a NUTS 2 region within the wider NUTS 1 region of the same name. The county consists of seven metropolitan boroughs: the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry and the City of Wolverhampton, as well as the boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall.

Jon Raven (1940–2015) was an English author and musician.

Raven's big break came when he replaced original Killing Joke bassist Youth in mid-1982, just in time for the North American tour documented on the Ha! live EP. He was with the group through its most commercially successful period, appearing on the Fire Dances , Night Time and Brighter than a Thousand Suns albums, before leaving during the recording of 1988's Outside the Gate , rejoining in time for 1990's Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions .

<i>Fire Dances</i> 1983 studio album by Killing Joke

Fire Dances is the fourth studio album by English post-punk band Killing Joke, recorded from February to March 1983 and released in July 1983 by record label E.G.

<i>Night Time</i> (album) album by Killing Joke

Night Time is the fifth studio album by English post-punk band Killing Joke. It was released in February 1985 through E.G..

<i>Outside the Gate</i> 1988 studio album by Killing Joke

Outside the Gate is the seventh album by English rock band Killing Joke, recorded between July and August 1987 and released in June 1988.

After touring in support of this album, Killing Joke split up, with all members except lead vocalist Jaz Coleman going on to form Murder, Inc. in 1991, adding vocalist Chris Connelly. [5] During this time, Raven also participated in Pigface, a project conceived by drummer Martin Atkins, which operated with a fluid change of differing musicians in their lineup.

Jaz Coleman singer, keyboardist, songwriter, conductor

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Murder, Inc. (band)

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Chris Connelly (musician) Musician, songwriter, author

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Killing Joke reformed in 1992, but it was with original bassist Youth back in the fold. Raven next joined Prong, appearing on their Cleansing and Rude Awakening albums. After leaving Prong in 1996, he began a career as a producer and remixer and also played with the group Zilch, along with hide, Joey Castillo and Ray McVeigh.

Bassist musician who plays a bass instrument

A bassist or bass player, is a musician who plays a bass instrument such as a double bass, bass guitar, keyboard bass or a low brass instrument such as a tuba or sousaphone. Different musical genres tend to be associated with one or more of these instruments. Since the 1960s, the electric bass has been the standard bass instrument for funk, R&B, soul music, rock and roll, reggae, jazz fusion, heavy metal, country and pop music. The double bass is the standard bass instrument for classical music, bluegrass, rockabilly, and most genres of jazz. Low brass instruments such as the tuba or sousaphone are the standard bass instrument in Dixieland and New Orleans-style jazz bands.

Youth (musician) Record producer and founder of Killing Joke

Martin Glover, known by his stage name Youth, is an English record producer and a founder member and bassist of Killing Joke. He is a member of the Fireman, along with Paul McCartney.

<i>Cleansing</i> (album) 1994 studio album by Prong

Cleansing is the fourth album by the American heavy metal band Prong. It was produced by Terry Date, whereas all of Prong's previous albums had been produced by Mark Dodson. It includes ex-Killing Joke members Paul Raven on bass guitar and John Bechdel on keyboards/programming. Cleansing was Prong's only moderate commercial success. It was reissued in 2008 as a digipak version.

In 2002 Paul Raven had been brought on for a Godflesh two-month tour of the United States, but the band disbanded just before departing. [6] In 2003, Raven played bass on Exit Through Fear with Society 1 and performed on the subsequent tour for the album. He later left Society 1, rejoining Killing Joke for their 2003 release, Killing Joke (their second album by that name), and its follow up, Hosannas from the Basements of Hell . In 2005, Raven began working with Al Jourgensen of Ministry for their album Rio Grande Blood . In 2006, Raven completed a European and American tour with Ministry. In 2007, Raven wrote and recorded on Ministry's next studio album The Last Sucker and also began work together with Mark Gemini Thwaite (of The Mission and Peter Murphy's band) on a new project called Mob Research. Warrior Soul frontman Kory Clarke and ex-Queens of the Stone Age (and later Peter Murphy) drummer Nick Lucero completed the line-up. [7]

Godflesh English industrial metal band

Godflesh are an English industrial metal band from Birmingham, England. The group formed in 1982 under the title Fall of Because but did not release any complete music until 1988 when Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green (bass) renamed the band and decided to use a drum machine for percussion. Melding heavy metal with industrial music and later with electronic music and dub, Godflesh's innovative sound is widely regarded as a foundational influence on other industrial metal and post-metal acts and as significant to both experimental metal and extreme metal.

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Raven died of a heart attack in his sleep on 20 October 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was recording with Treponem Pal vocalist Marco Neves. [8] [9]


1979 Neon Hearts Popular Music
Killing Joke
1983 Fire Dances
1985 Night Time
1986 Brighter than a Thousand Suns
1990 Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions
1990 Pigface Lean Juicy Pork
1991 Welcome to Mexico... Asshole
Murder, Inc.
1992Corpuscle (EP)
Murder, Inc.
Pigface Fook
1994 Prong Cleansing
1995 Raggadeath The Family Worship EP
Why Ask Why
1996 Prong Rude Awakening
1996 Zilch
1998 3.2.1.
2001 Econoline Crush Brand New History [10]
2002 Godflesh [note 1] [6]
2003 Society 1 Exit Through Fear
Killing Joke Killing Joke
2005 Ministry
2006Killing Joke Hosannas from the Basements of Hell
Ministry Rio Grande Blood
Treponem Pal
2007 16volt FullBlackHabit
2008Treponem PalWeird Machine
2009Mob ResearchHoly City Zoo


  1. Godflesh disbanded in 2002 when Broadrick suffered a nervous breakdown just before departing for a tour of the U.S. Paul Raven had been hired as a sideman, and accompanist during the two-month tour.

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