Monday, October 22, 2007

RIP Paul Raven

Found this as I was checking out some music blogs:
MINISTRY bassist Paul Raven was found dead yesterday (Saturday, October 20) in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border after suffering an apparent heart attack. Raven (who is also known for his work with KILLING JOKE and PRONG) was in Geneva working with French recording artists TREPONEM PAL on their new release alongside drummer Ted Parsons (PRONG) and members of THE YOUNG GODS.

Born in Wolverhampton, UK on January 16, 1961, Paul Vincent Raven established himself with his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial act KILLING JOKE after he replaced the band's original bassist in 1982, recording and touring with the group throughout its most commercially successful period, performing on "Fire Dances", "Night Time" and "Brighter than a Thousand Suns". Throughout his extensive career, Raven participated in other collaborations, including PRONG, MURDER, INC., PIGFACE and GODFLESH. Most recently, Raven was nominated for a 2006 Grammy for "Best Metal Performance" for his work with MINISTRY's Al Jourgensen, with whom he had begun collaborating in late 2005 on the MINISTRY release "Rio Grande Blood". After a 2006 world tour with the group, Raven helped Jourgensen and PRONG's Tommy Victor pen the latest MINISTRY CD, "The Last Sucker", which is also the band's final studio release.
Hat tip to Totally Fuzzy. Although I'm a jazzer these days, at one time I was quite the fan of Killing Joke during that band's heyday. Albums like Night Time and Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions were practically worn out on my turntable & later, cd player. His bass playing helped to define that band's style as became apparent after he finally split from the band. Of course Raven managed to stay tuned in to the industrial metal scene for the remainder of his life, including apparently an extended stay with Ministry. I had stopped following Ministry after their disastrous Filth Pig album - I'm guessing that a talent such as Raven would have easily breathed some much needed life into that particular band. Needless to say his presence in the industrial side of the music world will be missed.

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