Origin: Australia  
Genres: Traditional Metal, Doom Metal
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Last update/review: January 31, 2015

Raven Black Night

Raven Black Night formed in 1999 in Adelaide, Australia, recording the requisite demo or two before self-releasing an album, Choose The Dark, in 2004. Several others have noted a strong 70’s influence, though to these ears the style is more along the lines of 80’s underground metal, with a slight doom bent (think, maybe, slower Manilla Road crossed with a bit of Candlemass, though these guys don’t sound a lot like either band directly). The vocals are predominantly a clear, poor man’s Messiah Marcolin style (including the occasional classic 80’s wail), though on “Gothic Black” they switch it up by singing entirely in a deathish growl, a nice contrast. A raw but effective production rounds out the package – this is not slick, contemporary, hi-tech modern metal, but a clear homage to the 80’s indie scene. Nine years later, a followup, Barbarian Winter, was released.

Current Members

The White Knight (Jim Petkoff)


The Raven (Rino Amorino)


Eskarth (Chris Dorian)


The Animal Berzerker (Phil Portalesi)


Former Members/Guests

Matt Spencer


Joe Toscano



Choose The Dark  
2004 self-released
  1. Morbid Gladiator
  2. My Love is Holy
  3. Gothic Black
  4. Nocturnal Birth
  5. Bass Solo
  6. If you Choose the Dark
  7. Blood on my Wings
  8. Morbid Soul
  9. Guitar Solo
  10. Princess Morticia
  11. Ancient Mist
  • The White Knight
  • The Raven
  • Matt Spencer
  • Joe Toscano

Barbarian Winter  
2013 Metal Blade
  1. Fire in Your Eyes
  2. Morbid Gladiator
  3. Mystery Woman
  4. Fallen Angel
  5. Black Queen
  6. If You Choose the Dark
  7. Warriors Call
  8. Barbarian Winter
  9. Changes (Black Sabbath cover)
  10. Lips of Desire
  11. Nocturnal Birth
  12. Angel with a Broken Wing
  • The White Knight
  • The Raven
  • Eskarth
  • The Animal Berzerker

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