|Associated acts||Saint Vitus
|Members||Dan "Fodde" Fondelius|
|Past members||Tommy "Wilbur" Eriksson
Christer "Renfield" Pettersson
Count Raven are a doom metal band established in 1989 in Sweden. In 1990-1996 Count Raven released four studio albums, described as "classic" to the genre, then broke up in 1999. In 2003 the band reunited and in 2009 released their fifth album, Mammons War, "timeless" and living up "to this outfit's reputation as doom metallers par exellence", according to Kerrang! magazine.
The band, formed in 1987 by vocalist Chritus Linderson, guitarist Dan Fondelius, bassist Tommy Eriksson and drummer Christer Pettersson, was called originally Stormvarning. In 1989 they changed their name to Count Raven. A year later, the group released its first album, Storm Warning, for the Hellhound label, which received great reviews from the European metal press (4 K's in Kerrang!, 10/10 in Rock Hard, 6/7 in Metal Hammer) Then Linderson left to join Saint Vitus (in 2007 he became the member of Lord Vicar), and Fondelius became the frontman, beginning with 1992's Destruction of the Void, released by Nuclear Blast Records to be declared 'Doom Album of the Year' by Rock Hard magazine. Third album High on Infinity appeared one year later, after which the band took a three-year break before returning in 1996 with Messiah of Confusion which dealt with the band's outlook on society and its dubious ways. "The album's name is our bass player's nickname, but when the album began to see the light of day, we thought the title was a good idea. There's a lot of 'messiahs of confusion' out there", drummer Pettersson explained.
In 1998 Count Raven broke up. Fondelius formed a new doom metal band Doomsday Government, Eriksson joined Semlah in 2001. In 2003 the trio reformed, broke up again in 2006 and revived instantly with Fondelius at the helm, Fredrik Jansson (ex-Abramis Brama) on bass and Jens Bock on drums. In 2009 Count Raven's fifth album Mammons War produced by Zeb King and released by I Hate came out, "a killer rebirth", according to Kerrang! which gave it a 4K rating.
Though the lead vocalist of Count Raven has denied influences; such as Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, uncanny appearances of such similarities appear throughout their music. The denial of this sprouted from a comment made that the vocals of the band sounded, deniably, like Ozzy Osbourne. Count Raven's 1992 album "Destruction of the void" features a song entitled "The final Journey" in which, one may familiarize with the Black Sabbath song "Zero the hero". Furthermore, A Count Raven song entitled "Poltergeist" begins eerily like Ozzy's "I don't know" from the 1981 album Blizzard of Ozz; as well as, beginning the album. A looser connection may be made by a song called "No ones hero" by Count Raven. The bonus song on Ozzy's 1988 album "No rest for the wicked" called "Hero" has lyrics that ultimately have the message that "I am not your hero" or do not want to be.
- Dan "Fodde" Fondelius - guitars, keyboards, vocals (1989-1998; 2003-present)
- Christus Linderson - lead vocals (1989-1992)
- Tommy "Wilbur" Eriksson - bass guitar (1989-1998)
- Fredrik Jansson - bass guitar (2003-present)
- Christer Pettersson - drums (1989-1998)
- Jens Bock - drums (2006-2009)
- Patrick Lundin - drums (2009-2011)
- Demo 89 (1989)
- Indignus Famulus (1989)
- Wolfmoon/Wedded to Grief (Split album w/Griftegård, 2010)
- Storm Warning (Hellhound/Phantom Import, 1990)
- Destruction of the Void (Nuclear Blast, 1992)
- High on Infinity (Hellhound, 1994)
- Messiah of Confusion (Hellhound, 1996)
- Mammons War (I Hate, 2009)
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