Raven Eye – Breaking Out EP (Self Released)

Genre: Blues Rock

It’s a fact that British blues sensation Oli Brown has friends in high places but the patronage of famous buddies is only part of the reason Raven Eye are making a big noise on the rock scene right now.

This autumn will see the power trio open up for Slash across the US after a stint with the former Gunner in Europe this summer. And those chances don’t come along unless you can hold a tune. Raven Eye can. And then some.

Brown has paid his dues as a solo singer songwriter but last year’s decision to hook up with Aaron Spiers and Kev Hickman was the right move at the right time for a guitar hero looking to burst into the mainstream on the back of some seriously affecting heavy blues rock.

This gutsy, gravel-toned EP showcases Brown’s full potential as he lets rip with meaty riff after meaty riff. Raven Eye’s underlying groove surely resonates with Myles Kennedy – on opener and title track Breaking Out there’s a post-grunge power not dissimilar to Alter Bridge’s trademark punch – but any world class musician will appreciate this talented trio’s songwriting craft.

Hey Hey Yeah plays on an addictive chorus and fills in the gaps with a Zeppelin-meets-Black Stone Cherry heavy rock love-in. And that’s where Raven Eye are capable of making a killing: fusing the past with the present, their authentic appeal is undeniably ubiquitous. Simon Rushworth

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