Raven is a British Heavy Metal band that released four albums on the independent UK label Neat Records before signing a deal with Atlantic that was supposed to be their entry into the American market. Raven had built a vociferous fan base and found themselves in the vanguard of the genre - their 1983 opening act Metallica cites them as one of the best there was.
The Stay Hard
album marked a stylistic turning point for the band, however, as they softened their sound and image in an attempt to get on popular radio and MTV. But where Def Leppard and Quiet Riot succeeded, Raven could not. The crossover never came, and it eroded their core fan base. "Being that goal of coming into America, there was a lot of pressure and a lot of bad influence," their frontman John Gallagher
said in our 2013 interview. Raven soldiered on, but never really recovered from this foray into Pop Metal.