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These Raven Skies have staged a quiet revolution. The band managed to create its own record label, after signing an international distribution deal with the Universal Music Group, releasing its own work as well as signing several like-minded artists to its roster.





As the band formerly known as Dreams of Reason sat down to write a follow up to its Radically Poetic album, it quickly became apparent that their new musical direction would require a name change. “The new music was beginning to take on a life of its own. After years of moderate success trying to satisfy everyone else, we decided to make a record that was true to our musical interests and as a result became much different that than Dreams of Reason material” states frontman, Chris Perkins.










The dramatic sonic shift managed to catch the attention of The Tea Party’s Jeff Martin, who not only agreed to take on production duties but also became involved as a co-writer and unofficial fifth band member. “You hear the stories about bands like The Beatles, where Sir George Martin took on the fifth member role and that’s definitely an experience we’ve had with Jeff Martin. It’s been a pretty surreal experience and I think the results will speak for themselves. This record is a progression in the Led Zeppelin light and shade musical philosophy,” adds guitarist Alex Whitcombe.















Light and shade became the primary influence of the new album, which casts aside the band’s previous heavy metal sonic assault in favor of more dynamic soundscapes that incorporate sitar, keyboard and tabla. Although These Raven Skies have displayed a new found musical maturity, they haven’t entirely abandoned their penchant for hooky hard rock and metal.



















“We learned a lot about the industry in the least year as we spent time touring and experiencing new aspects of the music industry. Playing with Korn and Billy Talent at the Boonstock Music Festival took us to a whole new level, allowing us to headline major hometown venues like The Republik!” exclaims bassist, Trevor Landmark. Drummer Shand Munro agrees: “Our appearance at the Alberta’s Own Music Festival with Big Wreck and George Canyon was also a new level for us and I think the experiences of playing with some of our heroes and just the whole process of traveling the world, inspired us to branch out musically.”





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