FIRST TIME EVER ON CD FOR THIS EXCELLENT MELODIC METAL ACT FROM LOS ANGELES.
Graven Image was formed in Los Angeles in 1992,at the tail end of when Metal reigned in the city of Angels. The band came together when singer Jimmy Williams met guitarist Brian Gartland in 1991. Williams was from the popular Akron, Ohio band US Metal - as well as vocal mentor for Ripper Owens (Judas Priest , Malmsteen , Winters Bane).
Gartland was from the popular Cleveland band Wretch, and the two moved to LA to pursue success with a new band. The union of Gartland and Williams led to another inception of Wretch in LA, which underwent several personnel changes until a chance meeting at a local watering hole led to the final inception of Graven Image, when bassist Rich Hansen, drummer Doug Clelland (both from LA band TAKARA), and MIRROR guitarist John Bigwood, joined together in 1992.
The band spent the next four years songwriting, recording demos, and building a following from it's many live performances in the LA area. A recording contract was offered to the band by Republic Records in 1993, which was later turned down. Graven Image was a popular draw in the LA club scene, receiving rave reviews from local magazines, and radio play on the famous KNAC. As shifts in musical trends saw the demise of both KNAC and the entire Metal scene, the band also saw a switch in drummers from Doug Clelland to Jerry Beller in 1994. The band continued on until changes in musical and professional directions finally led to the demise of Graven Image in 1996.
POWERFUL SOARING VOCALS , BLISTERING AXEWORK AND VERY STRONG SONGWRITING MAKES THIS RELEASE AN ESSENTIAL PURCHASE FOR FANS OF 'THINKING MAN'S METAL'.
QUEENSRYCHE meets WINTER'S BANE meets TAKARA. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!