A local band will perform with legendary metal band Raven


November 1 – Legendary and influential metal band Raven is coming to Rocket City this Friday, and local band Temple of Blood have been invited to perform as the opening act. Raven’s “Wipe Out” tour will stop in Huntsville on Friday, November 4 at the Fractal Brewing Project.

For local band Temple of Blood, the opportunity to perform at a Raven concert is a dream come true. Local musician Garth Lovvorn, bassist for Temple of Blood, spoke about the band, their role in the show, and how the band Raven are true pioneers of the metal genre.

“Temple of Blood has been around since 2002, and we’ve been playing and releasing albums ever since. With work and family responsibilities, we can’t always do it as often as we’d like, but we do it when we can,” a said Lovvorn.

Temple of Blood is a Christian thrash metal band, and all songs are Christian themed with stories from the Bible.

“Some people might find that ironic coming from a thrash metal band, but that’s who we are and what we do,” Lovvorn said. “We like it to be known, and it’s not that we’re trying to stand out from our friends. It’s just what we do. We’ll put on a show with anyone.”

Temple of Blood is made up of four guys, all from northern Alabama. They are happy to reunite with their original drummer, Lance Wright, and to welcome a new guitarist, Harry Coleman. “We’re very proud to have them both. The main man in Temple of Blood is Jim Mullis. He’s the main songwriter, lyricist and founder of the band,” Lovvorn said.

While Temple of Blood has been around for 20 years, they – along with many of metal’s best-known bands – have come to be thanks to Raven.

“They’re from England and are one of the original bands of what’s called the ‘new wave of British heavy metal‘. They were there with Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Motörhead and other bands like that. They all formed in the mid-70s but came to prominence in the early 80s,” Lovvorn explained.

Raven has a significant claim to fame as Metallica and Anthrax got their first big tour opening thanks to their invitation to open for Raven in the 1980s.

“Raven didn’t gain notoriety, but they were definitely there and they never stopped,” Lovvorn said. “We got lucky and got invited to perform on their show, and we were like, ‘Yeah! Join us now!”

Lovvorn described the opportunity to perform with a giant of their kind as “surreal”. He added: “It’s amazing. We don’t see it as just a chance to open for a big band. It’s part of music history. That in itself is pretty humiliating. We’re just gonna do our thing. We’re gonna have fun, finish playing, turn around and be in that audience going Raven crazy.”

After performing in Huntsville on Friday, Raven will travel to Orlando to open for Metallica in a special show focusing on their debut.

“We want to thank Fractal Brewing Project and Under the Moon Productions. They’re the ones who invited us to do this, and we can’t wait,” Lovvorn said.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at tickets.bestofhuntsville.com/events/114146 or at the door. The show will also include bands Riot Act and AATXE and all ages are welcome. The show starts at 7 p.m.


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