Tuesday, 17 July 2018

The Riven “Blackbird” 2017 EP UK Blues Hard Rock


The Riven “Blackbird”  2017 UK  EP  Blues Hard Rock
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When an EP like The Riven’s Blackbird drops into my inbox, I’m immediately curious. Citing influences like Graveyard, Blues Pills and 70s hard rock; it’s right up my alley. Then add in the description of them being all about “raw, soulful heavy rock with lots of hot sauce and cheap beer”, I’m hitting play before I finish reading about it. Though they can keep the cheap beer
Possessing a real retro sound, it’s a throwback to a simpler time yet takes cues from the afore-mentioned modern bands carving out the same niche alongside bands like Rival Sons. You can hear all of that baked into the music alongside Deep Purple in their grooves and The Doors during their psychedelic moments. 

Fuzzy and bluesy, Charlotta Ekebergh’s soulful and sultry voice makes for a fitting companion to the musical backdrop. Arnau Diaz’s guitar squeals at every given chance, changing and evolving with the song. Imagine if The Ministry of Silly Walks was a piece of music, this would be it. Despite the blues and psychedelic tones, the band makes it heavy, gritty and loaded with swagger. 

Diaz’s guitar plays off well against Max Ternebring’s bass work, riffs and grooves working in synchronicity to bring something bombastic to your ears. While Ekebergh does have a great voice, it’s the guys slinging the six and four strings which pull you in. However, such is the overall quality of the music that the twenty four minutes of old school heavy rock is over in a flash. 

Passion is baked into the recording and is apparent during its heavy and sombre moments. Marrying both sides of their sound is title track “Blackbird” and while not as epic as the Alter Bridge song of the same name, it’s loaded with their own brand of might. Psychedelic, groove-y, bluesy, gritty and heavy, it does everything in one song that The Riven set out to do without becoming over-encumbered. 

There’s a massive gap in 2017 for bands like The Riven and the few that are around are taking what is rightfully theirs. With the old guard of this sound long gone, the modern retro rock sound could be the most unexpected – yet welcome – comeback we didn’t know we wanted…by Ross…~


Blues-based rock from England has been a reliable export for over fifty years now, and The Riven’s debut EP aims to make another worthy addition to that lineage. Granted, bands bypassing the Seventies to reap influence from the Sixties aren’t exactly rare right now, but Blackbird showcases more raw talent in five songs than many of The Riven’s peers can cobble together in a career. On top of that, the band recognizes and understands the key to what made their forefathers successful: they were heavy, sure, but they were also pop bands. Deep Purple, Jefferson Airplane and Grand Funk wrote songs that both inspired countless future metalheads and sold a million copies. The music industry (and its consumers) might not put up those kinds of numbers any more, but The Riven are already versed in that classic dynamic, which still produces great tunes. 

“Ain’t No Doctor” sets the tone immediately, with guitarist Arnau Diaz’s Marshall crunch and singer Charlotta Ekebergh’s soaring, powerful voice. As talented as the band is, Ekebergh truly takes the band to another level. Recalling Elin Larsson (Blues Pills), Bonnie Raitt and Grace Slick, she skips the lilting, ‘witchy’ vocal approach favored by some of her rock contemporaries and goes straight for the soulful, badass sweet spot. The song’s clearly defined verse-chorus-verse structure gives each band member a platform to show their chops, complemented by a bright, punchy production well suited to their style. 

Each song has a personality and panache that sets it apart, while still maintaining The Riven’s overall sound. “Tower” brings the boogie and some classic rock soloing; “Blackbird” is a big, hook-heavy ballad that would have easily been on AOR commercial radio rotation thirty years ago; “Killer On The Loose” is all riffs and pedal-to-the-metal energy; and “One Last Time” concludes with Ekebergh going for broke with some big vocal hooks with the rest of the band getting some extended jamming in as well. 

Some bands falter on their first time out, others blow it all and never recover. The Riven have made a compelling statement with Blackbird, and there’s no reason for them to be any less than the top of the heap in short order. …By Chris Rowella ….~


Writing for a music webzine gets you to discover little hidden gems on regular occasions if you’re open to that. Last year I discovered a Finnish rock band that sounds basically like a new Led Zeppelin, namely Blue Eyed Sons (for the review of their EP go here) when they supported Shiraz Lane live. They in turn got me to discover yet another amazing rock band when they took them along on a small Finnish tour. That band is the Swedish The Riven and when I saw them play their music I was very impressed. So much so, that I immediately got me their EP Blackbird to add to my collection and ever since it’s been playing here on regular occasions, I wouldn’t want to keep this great, possibly unknown band hidden from you. 

What really captivated me in their music was the raw yet smooth bluesy rock sound topped off with the impressive vocals by Charlotta Ekebergh. The overall feel and sound reminded me immediately of the rawness of early work by their country mates Blues Pills and just like the comparison has often been made in their case, Charlotta‘s vocals carry a lot of Janis Joplin‘s spirit in them. Those vocals are also their biggest strength at the moment. The music isn’t bad at all and the musicians clearly are talented songwriters, but it’s mostly when Charlotta opens her mouth that the tracks really come to life. Especially in the tracks Tower, the higher paced Killer On The Loose and the slowly building up closing track One Last Time her talent and capabilities really shine through in her versatile voice, with powerful smokiness and raw rebelliousness.The mix has a quite high standard for a self-released EP and I love the really big and clear role of the bass in it besides the driving drums and groovy guitar riffs. Also the cover artwork by Dutch artist Maarten Donders and vinyl looking disk really bring this release to a high quality and a level of care that many starting bands only can hope for. A really strong effort from a band that could become something big. So if you weren’t satisfied by the latest release of Blues Pills and hunger for that old school raw blues rock sound, I’d strongly recommend you to check The Riven out! I’m already looking forward to what else will get thrown our way from these guys!…~


The band THE RIVEN reveals their debut EP featuring a 70’s inspired sound, with a charming Hard Rock from beginning to end of this work. A very interesting fact that highlights the band from others who are inspired by this musical period is an excitement and rebellion feeling present on it, soul of the genre, which are perfectly demonstrated by the vocals of Charlotta Ekebergh. Another highlight is the magnificent work performed by Max Ternebring (bass), counting with some influence of the blues style sometimes. Arnau Diaz (Guitar) and Olof Axegärd (Drums) complete the team of the talented musicians. The mixing was very well done mainly considering it is the first work together besides a great production. 

The whole “Black Bird” has five tracks and about 23 of total running length. The experience begins with “Ain´t No doctor” brings a very fun beat and shows several vocal variations with more slipped and irregular riffs rather than paused and standards, a well-crafted feature. “The Tower” already has the most prominent bass making it very pleasant, as well as containing a chorus of those that stick to the head and take weeks to leave. “Black Bird” comes in a slightly more contained rhythm, rather reminiscent of a mostly lead guitar bands like DEEP PURPLE. “Killer On The Loose” begins with some electronic effects and is a more groovy and lively song. “One Last Time” closes the EP again with a well assertive bass an exciting rhythm and well-honed screams. 

Anyway, I consider that even is not a totally new experience, the band has its own identity. It really is a great challenge to bring songs inspired by Heavy Rock considering that there are already so many classics that have already explored in several, the genre beyond most of the new bands that have nothing to aggregate generally. Nothing else seems substantive to THE RIVEN who managed to launch a great work on their debut. The band certainly has the potential to get out of the underground and tour for many years. At least I hope so… by Bruno Diniz ….~ 


From London, here are four young people, three musicians and one singer. Fringed mid-way between the 70’s and grunge, our young crows indulge in the joys of retro Rock, strongly inspired by the magic decade 1965-1975. Well, a priori, a number of you should blow thinking that retro formations begin to swarm like mosquitoes around a swamp. I concede that this vogue can weary but I remind them that any group must above all be evaluated according to their abilities. 

Gold, capabilities, THE RIVENmore than enough! And proves it with five self-produced titles quite convincing. Let’s greet from the outset the qualities of presentation: the subjects of the artwork are worn but the execution is neat and production and mixing ensure a clear and punchy completely adequate. 

Musically, the group plays an energetic Hard Rock, rich in groove and bluesy and soulful aroma , sitting on a nervous drumset ( Olof AXEGARD with chopsticks) and a big bass sound ( Max TERNEBRING ), the guitar of excellent Arnau DIAZ releasing tense riffs and multiplying the interventions in solo nerves, incisive between the exercises funambulesques of a HENDRIX (in more concise however) and the sound Blues Rock thick ofPaul KOSSOFF ( FREE , BACK STREET CRAWLER ). 

We will especially remember the song of Charlotta EKEBERGH , ample, modulating between a hot medium register and higher thrusts, with from time to time controlled roars. Expressive but not excessive, Charlotta’s varied vocal lines transcend the classicism of the compositions, as do the pleasure of playing and the energy that is palpable. Rich of her previous experiences (with LIMB TO LIMB or in the acoustic duo of Charlotta & Arnie covers ), she injects a poignant feeling, a facet not necessarily Hard, which reminds me of the beginnings of Pat BENATARbut more surely the huge Maggie BELL ( STONE THE CROWS ). 

If the styles are mostly classic (Boogie Tower , bluesy ballad and heavy on Blackbird ), we must emphasize the writing ability of the group who already know forge solidly built melodies that trot you in the head immediately heard. Experiment with Is not No Doctor and One Last Time , tell me something new. 

It is understood, our four young people have great potential and I would not be surprised if they are quickly signed on a label that will allow them to rub the exercise of the first album. BLUES PILLSwill have a strong and beautiful competition! 




The Riven is: 
Charlotta Ekebergh – Vocals 
Arnau Diaz – Guitar 
Max Ternebring – Bass Guitar 
Olof Axegärd – Drums 



Tracklist: 
1. Ain’t No Doctor 
2. Tower 
3. Blackbird 
4. Killer On The Loose 
5. One Last Time 

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