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AVE Demo

1992 - The A.V.E. Demo (Cassette Only)

Thanks to Ryan for supplying me with a cassette tape containing a kind of "bootleg compilation" of RavenWolf (and other) tracks. After painstakingly getting the tape converted to digital format, I rigrously examined the contents and concluded that several tracks contained there are indeed tracks from the "Original" AVE Demo. (The others being from the Cradle demo which can already be downloaded below at slightly better quality.)
(*) - The tracks also include a "Bonus" recording of Longships, which I'm sorry to say is not complete. The tape ends midway through the song and continues on the other side, so there is a short section "missing" in the middle after splicing the two parts together, but it's better than nothing and has been made available for download all the same.
The other instrumental track "Oracle" is nowhere to be found on the tape. Whoever compiled it in the first place must have excluded it for whatever reason, opting for Longships instead perhaps? Regardless, this represents the majority of the material available on the first EVER "official" Raven Wolf demo tape. Full size scan of the sleeve can be found here.

Warning! - Warning: As this material has been sourced directly from a who-knows-how-many-generation cassette tape which is almost 20 years old now, the audio quality leaves a LOT to be desired. Don't expect much when listening to these tracks. I will provide better quality versions when I once again have access to my masters. This will have to suffice in the interum. Purists only!

 

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01 - Excalibur [Lyrics] mp3 @ 192kbit/44100Hz 6:20 (Downloaded times. )
02 - Tread Lightly [Lyrics] mp3 @ 192kbit/44100Hz 4:53 (Downloaded times. )
03 - Save Our Souls [Lyrics] mp3 @ 192kbit/44100Hz 6:01 (Downloaded times. )
04 - Oracle (Not available) [N/A - Instrumental] N/A N/A (N/A)
         
Bonus: Longships (*) [N/A - Instrumental] mp3 @ 192kbit/44100Hz 5:49 (Downloaded times. )

 

Cradle (Cassette)

November 1995 - The CRADLE Demo (Cassette Only)

Way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, we managed to assemble ourselves at Lemmy's Studio's to hammer out some tunes that would eventually become "The Cradle Demo". Only 6 tracks, but certainly improved quality over the "AVE Demo". Of course being the stone age, this was only ever released on cassette since digital media was in it's infancy. The demo tape features 6 tracks, the title track "Cradle" and "A Serpents Tale" being fairly recent additions to the repetoire at that point. This demo was somewhat widely distributed and generally very well received by fans and critics alike. Due to limited quantities, if you have one of these, consider it a collectors item.
Original cover artwork supplied by the great Arthur Brigg, and dedicated to our friend Simon Knight who awaits our arrival in Valhalla. Hail brother!
Larger scan of cover and foldout sleeve with lyrics and credits can be found here.

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01 - The Feast [Lyrics] mp3 @ 320kbit/44100Hz 4:36 (Downloaded times. )
02 - A Serpents Tale [Lyrics] mp3 @ 320kbit/44100Hz 5:34 (Downloaded times. )
03 - Excalibur [Lyrics] mp3 @ 320kbit/44100Hz 6:42 (Downloaded times. )
04 - Minstrel of Time [Lyrics] mp3 @ 320kbit/44100Hz 5:24 (Downloaded times. )
05 - Cradlel [Lyrics] mp3 @ 320kbit/44100Hz 6:02 (Downloaded times. )
06 - The Alchemist [Lyrics] mp3 @ 320kbit/44100Hz 5:31 (Downloaded times. )


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Bootleg

A bit of Raven Wolf trivia for you:

A VERY long time ago, long before camera phones, digital cameras, youtube, facebook etc. Most people had never heard of the internet, and one was VERY lucky to know someone with a CD-Burner. (No such thing as a DVD-Burner in those days) I had the idea to make an "official" super-ultra rare limited edition bootleg CD of Raven Wolf tracks. In similar vein to the Limited Edition T-Shirts (also individually signed and bearing the original RW logo). With the help of super-fan Wilhelm, I assembled a few songs of "significance" in some way or another and 5 CD's were produced. Each one 5 autographed by ALL 5 Raven Wolf members. Unfortunately (Or fortunately) delays in cover design saw the project perpetually shelved, but over a decade later the mighty Wilhelm managed to produce all 5 of them still in MINT condition - a kind of "time capsule" if you like of an era long forgotten. Tracks range from a classic "live speed" version of "Laughing in my Grave", complete with missing lyrics and Diccons LEGENDARY bass lines! To ALL the tracks recorded for the "never released Stage Demo". It was recorded on the 40 hours of recording time we won at the "Battle of the Bands", but due to a dispute over the time spent recording, the masters were ultimately witheld and the demo (which a LOT of work went into at the time) was never released. However - an enterprising individual (who may not wish to be named) managed to procure a copy direct off the master very near the end of the mixing process, so although it's still a bit rough we were ultimately not robbed of the effort invested after all. Remember folks this was the days of reel-to-reel, there was no Pro-tools yet...
Listen out for the intro on Track 03 "Wall of Fire" where the band members of local group "I Scream Sunday" who happened to be in the studio one day were roped into joining with us in vocalizing that part. Dave Shapiro's eerie backing "whispers" on Savage Race never appeared on ANY other recording of this track. A classic indeed, preserved through time by the hand of the gods and now set free to live forever in the digital world of the internet. Track 7 and 8 "Seans Songs" - as in Sean Vega, Bassist. Nice heavy stuff - he does lead vocal on both and is backed up by Cliff. As far as I am aware, there is NO other recording of these tracks in their entirety. Tracks 11 - 13 were recorded at SABC's studio in Sea Point for the "Willards" (?) Talent Festival or whatever it was called. The tracks were later mixed (by them) to sound as if they were performed live. And although we DID perform these tracks live at the event itself which was held at the Auditorium at the V&A Waterfront, the tracks were actually recorded at the SABC studio's. I recall some VERY impressive drumming and mixing equipment over there. Almost made it worthwhile hanging around there all day for our "turn".Of course no bootleg would be complete without some classic Metallica covers, these were recorded at the stage during bass guitarist "auditions". Always fun.

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01 - Laughing in my Grave [Lyrics] mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 3:41 (Downloaded times. )
02 - Minstrel of Time [Lyrics] mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 4:47 (Downloaded times. )
03 - Wall of Fire [Lyrics] mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 4:45 (Downloaded times. )
04 - Savage Race [Lyrics] mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 5:01 (Downloaded times. )
05 - Never to Fall [Lyrics] mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 4:16 (Downloaded times. )
06 - Poet of the Sky [Lyrics] mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 6:43 (Downloaded times. )
07 - Live in Truth or Die [Lyrics] mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 4:52 (Downloaded times. )
08 - Tears of Blood [Lyrics] mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 3:00 (Downloaded times. )
09 - Divine Madness (live) [Lyrics] mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 4:15 (Downloaded times. )
10 - Paradox (Scratch Recording) mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 2:29 (Downloaded times. )
11 - Divine Madness (Live @ SABC Sea Point) [Lyrics] mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 4:16 (Downloaded times. )
12 - The Feast (Live @ SABC Sea Point) [Lyrics] mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 3:50 (Downloaded times. )
13 - At Midnight (Live @ SABC Sea Point) [Lyrics] mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 5:00 (Downloaded times. )
14 - Fade to Black mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 6:49 (Downloaded times. )
15 - For Whom the Bell Tolls mp3 @ 128kbit/44100Hz 3:59 (Downloaded times. )

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Turtle Tape 25-01-96

The Purptle Turtle 25 January 1996 Bootleg cassette

This gig was the first live performance of "No Trespass".  Sadly, some tracks (Never To Fall , Gardens of Stone and Cradle) were interrupted do to the fact that the tape ran out during recording and had to be turned over, then was started late when resumed on the other side.  Still , quality is fair for a bootleg recording from this era.  One of the better complete gig recordings captured.

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01 - The Ace of Spades (Vocals: Adam Shapiro) [N/A] (Cover Version) mp3 @ 226kbit/44100Hz VBR 3:04 (Downloaded times. )
02 - The Folly Of Man [Lyrics] mp3 @ 218kbit/44100Hz VBR 4:55 (Downloaded times. )
03 - Minstrel Of Time (Partial. Recording stopped/started (late) due to string break.) [Lyrics] mp3 @ 221kbit/44100Hz VBR 1:32 (Downloaded times. )
04 - Murderers [Lyrics] mp3 @ 230kbit/44100Hz VBR 3:42 (Downloaded times. )
05 - Show No Fear [Lyrics] mp3 @ 228kbit/44100Hz VBR 4:17 (Downloaded times. )
06 - No Trespass [Lyrics] mp3 @ 232kbit/44100Hz VBR 5:45 (Downloaded times. )
07 - Laughing In My Grave [Lyrics] mp3 @ 225kbit/44100Hz VBR 3:24 (Downloaded times. )
08 - Never To Fall (Incomplete - tape ends) [Lyrics] mp3 @ 233kbit/44100Hz VBR 3:07 (Downloaded times. )
09 - Gardens Of Stone (Incomplete - tape started late) [Lyrics] mp3 @ 226kbit/44100Hz VBR 1:47 (Downloaded times. )
10 - Wall Of Fire [Lyrics] mp3 @ 214kbit/44100Hz VBR 4:14 (Downloaded times. )
11 - Control Freak [Lyrics] mp3 @ 214kbit/44100Hz VBR 4:24 (Downloaded times. )
12 - The Alchemist [Lyrics] mp3 @ 212kbit/44100Hz VBR 4:52 (Downloaded times. )
13 - Lifetide [Lyrics] mp3 @ 218kbit/44100Hz VBR 5:05 (Downloaded times. )
14 - Symptom Of The Universe [N/A] (Cover Version) mp3 @ 223kbit/44100Hz VBR 5:56 (Downloaded times. )
15 - Cradle (Incomplete - tape ends) [Lyrics] mp3 @ 220kbit/44100Hz VBR 3:11 (Downloaded times. )

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