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RAVEN LORD Start Recording Second Album‏

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Heavy Metal weights RAVEN LORD announce to have started working on their second album.

In the latest edition for their video podcast RAVEN LORD TV bandleader and singer CSABA ZVEKAN with rhythm guitar player GEORGE KARAFOTIS, G.K “the kid” are talking about the recording sessions. The video can be viewed below:



The band recently got confirmed for R-MINE METALFEST 2013 and is scheduled to play main stage Saturday 22nd of June 2013RAVEN LORD also sent out a worldwide search for a suitable bass player for recording and touring. Bass players who think they fit the bill should send promo pictures and bio to

RAVEN LORD Post First Episode Video Podcast

Multinational heavy metal band RAVEN LORD are broadcasting the first episode of their podcast on YouTube. With the title RAVEN LORD TV comes an introduction episode that explains the beginning of the band as well as answers questions to the current status. Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) singer and founder for the band RAVEN LORD talks about the current line up, pre and post production and preparation for the coming up tour and festivals in 2013. The video also contains a little “sneak peek” music of the recently recorded debut album “Descent to the Underworld“. The video can be streamed below.

Raven Lord TV – Episode 01 – Introduction to the band and record:

Details of live dates, including some high-profile shows for the Summer, are expected to be announced soon.

RAVEN LORD just recently added Joe Stump (HolyHell, Reign of Terror) as their lead guitarist to their ranks. The band is in the process of securing a new record deal with a view to a release towards the end of the year.

RAVEN LORD recently tapped Fredrik Nordström of Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden to mix their album. Nordström is a well-known producer and sound engineer who has previously worked with such acts as AT THE GATES, ARCH ENEMY, NIGHTRAGE, IN FLAMES, DREAM EVIL and OPETH. The CD mixdown took place the end of August 2012. It was then mastered by Maor Appelbaum who also did work for bands like Sepultura, Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angra and Dokken.

Unashamedly wearing their heavy metal roots on their leather-studded sleeves, RAVEN LORD “combine the classic metal feel of the past with the fresh aggression of the present,” according to a press release. “Thunderous bass lines, pounding drums and explosive riffs blend with distinct heavy, melodic vocals to create driving and memorable songs.”


Joe Stump (HOLYHELL, REIGN OF TERROR) – Lead Guitar
George Karafotis (VERMILLION DAYS, OPERATION X) – Guitar
Jamie Mallender (TONY MARTIN) – Bass
Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (BLAZE BALEY, STUKA SQUADRON) – Drums
[to be announced] – Keyboards

RAVEN LORD Announces New Keyboardist and Drummer‏

Multinational metallers RAVEN LORD have announced the addition of keyboardist “Pontus Larsson (Vindictiv, Firecracker)” and drummer “Henrik Hedman (Celestial Decay, Last Kingdom)” to the group’s ranks.

RAVEN LORD are rapidly gaining a reputation for being the most exciting new Heavy Metal band on the planet. As they near completion of their debut album, they are ready to unveil two new heavyweight band members. The line-up features: Csaba Zvekan – Lead Vocals, Stefan Lindholm – Lead Guitar, Jamie Mallender – Bass Guitar, Pontus Larsson – Keyboards, Henrik Hedman – Drums

Jamie Mallender (Bass), “Make no mistake, we have made an album that’s gonna smack you in the face with both fists! This is the record that has been missing from the Metal scene for far too many years. But, despite the obvious anger and power of this music, there’s a lot of melody and harmony in there and we wanted to bring in a keyboard player that loved Metal, to compliment the melodic side, but not water things down or get too Wakeman on our asses. Meet Pontus Larsson, who has filled this role perfectly, he’s done exactly what we wanted him to and we are absolutely thrilled to have him onboard.”

Pontus Larsson (Vindictiv, Firecracker), “I was in the studio recording an album with Vindictiv when I was asked to joinRaven Lord. I was kind of busy, but after I listened to the songs and checked out the band members it only took me 1 second to say yes! I’m proud to be a part of the band! It’s great to play with all these talented musicians. See ya out there! Rock on! The Lord of keys!”

The band has also been searching for a world class, powerhouse drummer, with the right chops and staggering technical ability to make a truly devastating rhythm section statement with this album. Enter Henrik Hedman, from Järvsö, a small village in the southern part of “Norrland”- Sweden, who has previously played with the bass guitar virtuoso Magnus Rosen.

Overjoyed at the new addition, Csaba Zvekan (Vocals) had this to say, “Henrik Hedman’s future is pretty clear he will be a big player in the music industry. We are fortunate to have him on board withRaven Lord!”

Henrik Hedman (Celestial Decay, Last Kingdom) is just as excited about the alliance, “I feel a great honor and exaltation at having been invited to the Raven Lord family. My fellow musicians are all wonderful people, extremely talented in their art and the creativity is overwhelming! No bullshit, this is an old dream come true! The Raven has spread its wings, and it’s heading your way! The Raven Lord of Thunder.”

RAVEN LORD are currently adding the finishing touches to the first album. and brace yourself for a killer of a Metal album heading your way soon!

Swedish metaller VINDICTIV sign management deal + recording new album!‏

Swedish melodic/progressive metaller VINDICTIV, formed and led by Swedish guitar sensation Stefan Lindholm have inked a worldwide management deal with Germany’s ROCK N GROWL.

VINDICTIV are currently in the studio recording the brand new third album “Cage Of Infinity“. Lindholm says: “We have some exiting guests on the new album, all we can say is that the new album are going to kick ass!”
Vindictiv’s line-up features:
Stefan Lindholm – Guitars (Raven Lord, Firecracker, Phenomena), Csaba Zvekan – Vocals (Raven Lord, Exorcism, Killing Machine), Pontus Larsson – Keyboards (Raven Lord, Exorcism, Firecracker), Marco Minnemann – Drums (Tony MacAlpine, George Bellas, Bryan Beller) and Nalley Pahlsson – Bass (Therion, Zan Clan, Treat).

Stefan Lindholm was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1973 and picked up the guitar at the age of 15 after his father bought him his first electric guitar, which incidentally was the well known and highly appreciated: “Emperador Strat” from the Kasuga Factory in Japan, which he played through a Squire 15-watt amplifier to his neighbourghs cheerful delight. After two years of intensive playing, he took private tutoring from guitarist Mike Wead, known for his involvement with bands such as: “Candlemass”, “The Haunted”, “King Diamond”, “Momento Mori” and “Hexenhaus”.

The first band Stefan ever started, was with the aid of singer Pier Krentzel in 1995, and the constellation was soon named: “Endless Circle”. Additional bandmembers where Mikael Kvist, who would later join forces with danish band: “Fate”. Relatively soon, extra guitarist Mikael Bergenmalm was added to the band and lastly, bassplayer Dagna Plebanek. At this time they decided to changed the bandname to: “Globan Dreams” for further appeal.

In the coming years, Global Dreams parted ways with Krentezel which gave singer Jonny Berntsson chance to join the lineup. Due to musical difficulties, Stefan decided to dissolve the band, which later on sprung to become: “Elsephere” without his involvement. Between 1998 and 2002, Stefan took four years of absence to pursue other interests. At the end of some fruitful endeavours, the time was right to compose music for the first demo of what was to become: “Vindictiv”.

Vindictiv as a band, started in early 2004, when Stefan got in touch with keyboard player Pontus Larsson to work and record some songs. They recorded a demo with current “Seventh Wonder” singer Tommy Karevik which was received with great enthusiasm and got good reviews, amongst them, high praise in the best hard-rock mag in Scandinavia: “Sweden Rock Magazine”. Stefan would go on and contact one of swedens finest vocalists, Göran Edman (Madison, John Norum, Yngwie Malmsteen, Docker’s Guild and many more) – for future collaborations. Edman really liked what he heard, so next up was to recruit was Nalle Påhlsson (Zan-Clan, Treat) and also drummer Mikael Wikman.

Vindictiv would go on to release two albums, the self-titled debut in 2008 and “Ground Zero” in 2009 (a new album is in the making). Apart from his main band, Stefan has been a successful soloist on a number of albums, amongst them in record producer Tom Galleys international project: “Phenomena” and: “Soulspell” (Jon Oliva, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Roland Grapow) – to name a few. Other great vocalists Stefan has worked with include: Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Oliver Hartmann (At Vance, Avantasia) and Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring of Fire).

Stefan Lindholm is endorsed by “Manne Guitars” and “Hughes & Kettner AMPS” – Artist page “Manne Guitars“:

Discography Vindictiv/Stefan Lindholm
2012 Vindictiv – Cage Of Infinity
2012 Raven Lord – t.b.a.
2010 Firecracker – Born Of Fire
2010 Phenomena – Blind Faith
2010 Soulspell – Labyrinth Of Truths
2009 Vindictiv – Ground Zero
2008 Vindictiv – S/T


Rough Angel announce EP “Hear the Angels Rock”

US Heavy Metal weights Rough Angel have announced they are to release their recordings from 1993. Recorded at Paramount Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA and engineered by Csaba Zvekan himself, the recordings were originally intended for promoters and industry and now with this release available for the public.

The “lava” like music is lush and heavy with aggressive vocals hovering over the music. In the “grunge” era it is a true classic and can be compared with bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin.

Csaba Zvekan who remastered these recordings had to say: “It’s unbelievable how these recordings are almost two decades old and still have the power to convince the listener. The music and lyrics are still current especially these days. I got goose bumps remastering this piece of music. It definitely is a gift for all the friends and fans that are out there.”

The players on the EP are Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) – Vocals, Jimmy Z. – Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Marc Mougavero – Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Ross Manzo – Bass Guitars, Dave Kappos – Drums

The song tracks are as followed:

1. Standing by Mirrors
2. Defiance
3. Let it Burn
4. Hear the Angels Rock

Rough Angel EP “Hear The Angels Rock” – official teaser:


Rock’n Growl Management signed Csaba Zvekan in March 2011 to it’s roster. So it comes to no surprise that these “lost and found” recordings will be published in close collaboration. Rough Angel’s EP “Hear the Angels Rock” will be available under Rock’n Growl Records. The digital release date is set to November 30st 2011.

On the latest release label boss Axel Wiesenauer of Rock’n Growl Records said: “I’m really excited about expanding into label work. And so it always starts with a first release. Well, here it is Rough Angel “Hear the Angels Rock”! Enjoy these great tracks”.



Julian Barrett (ex-Tarja Turunen) Joins RAVEN LORD.

Raven Lord has revealed that former Tarja Turunen guitarist Julian Barrett will be joining the band teaming up with Stefan Lindholm in a formidable guitar line-up. Julian lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina and comes with a lot of tour experience.  

Commenting on joining the band Julian said: “When Csaba Zvekan contacted me on joining the band to add another guitar player I had to check out their songs. After listening to their material I knew right away that this was something I definitely wanted to be part of. I instantly fell for the melodic vocals and powerful riffs so my decision was easy to make. Really looking forward to work with these guys.”

On welcoming Julian to Raven Lord vocalist Csaba Zvekan had to say: “I’ve been auditioning guitar players for Raven Lord for a while now. Even worked to a certain extend with some of them as well. We were not looking for another Stefan Lindholm rather to expand and complete our musical experience. The two guitar solos will be technical and bluesy as well. They switch each other off making things more interesting and complete“.

On the current situation Raven Lord guitarist Stefan Lindholm also said, “I’m really thrilled and excited playing for Raven Lord. I think the guys in the band are fantastic and bring some great musicianship to the table. I’m convinced we will have a blast on tour and play some awesome shows together. Great future ahead!”


The band has been often compared to sound like Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. Preliminary work on a new album has already begun, with various songs at different stages of completion.

The band are in the process of securing a new record deal with a view to a release towards the end of this year. Details of live dates, including some high profile shows for the summer 2012, are expected to be announced soon. 

Two new songs ‘End of World’ and ‘Saints & Sinners‘ can be heard at or

Raven Lord’s line up is Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) – Vocals, Stefan Lindholm (Vindictiv) – Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Julian Barret (Tarja, Barilari, Lorihen) – Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Alessandro Del Vecchio (Eden’s Curse, Edge of Forever) – Keyboards , Tobias Flensburg – Drums.