Multinational metallers RAVEN LORD have announced the addition of guitarist Joe Stump (HOLYHELL, REIGN OF TERROR) to the group's ranks.
Commented RAVEN LORD bassist Jamie Mallender: "I can barely contain my excitement. I am a huge fan of Joe's, so when Csaba [Zvekan, vocals] asked me what I thought about asking him to play for us I jumped at the chance to work with the finest exponent of the rock guitar virtuoso playing style.
"Joe Stump has quite a considerable catalogue of excellent solo releases under his belt — both instrumental and with REIGN OF TERROR, HOLYHELL and a long list of guest appearances. He is also a renowned guitar teacher with his own series of instructional releases available on Shred Academy and brings to the band a wealth of touring experience.
"RAVEN LORD sounded like an exciting prospect before, but now with Joe on board, things are shaping up to be a true force to be reckoned with and one can only await the release of their debut album with bated breath and sweaty little heavy metal hands."
Added RAVEN LORD singer and founder Csaba Zvekan: "Knowing that Joe Stump is in the band means a great deal to me as now RAVEN LORD has a strong foundation for the future as well as for touring and for future recordings. Joe's playing is stunning and with him in our ranks we step up to another level. They don't call him the 'shredlord' for nothing."
Stated Stump: "I was recently approached by Csaba Zvekan and the RAVEN LORD guys about the possibility of joining the ranks. Needless to say, after hearing Csaba's voice, as well as the the sound of the band, I was sold. I've been at this a very long time and I know quality metal when I hear it. Looking forward to working with the fellas and, of course, bringing some serious over the top shredding and fierce metal riffage to RAVEN LORD."
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.
RAVEN LORD is:
* Csaba Zvekan (KILLING MACHINE, SARDONYX, EMERGENCY) - Vocals
* Joe Stump (HOLYHELL, REIGN OF TERROR) - Lead Guitar
* Jamie Mallender (TONY MARTIN) - Bass
* Lawrence "Larry" Paterson (BLAZE BALEY, STUKA SQUADRON) - Drums
* George Karafotis (VERMILLION DAYS, OPERATION X) - Guitar
* [to be announced] – Keyboards
Note: Demo recordings below do not feature Stump