Ravage was formed by two barely teenage brothers, Al and Eli, in the mid 90's when Grunge and Alterna-Pop ruled the music scene. The two sought to bring back glory to the then-forgotten traditional heavy metal of the 80's. As trends came and went, Ravage persevered and the band kept refining their sound - from doomy, simplistic punk metal in their earliest incarnation, to the mix of virtuosity, melody and thrash ferocity they now employ. The band weathered the storm of late 90's Nu-metal and eventually gained some recognition with underground demos and live recordings. Their "Curse Of Heaven" EP finally released in 2003 gained favorable press from major European metal magazines and saw the band sign with underground German Label Karthago Records. After releasing the band's first full-length "Spectral Rider" in 2005, which suffered from poor production quality and questionable cover art, but was still well received by fans.
The band was invited to play Europe for the first time, appearing at Germany's Swordbrothers Metal Fest in 2006 to an enthusiastic crowd.
Next the band returned home to work on a new full-length. Ravage endured ever-shifting line-up changes in the rhythm section and the progress of the album was delayed several times due to personal issues, but after it's completion the band sent out a few of the songs in the form of the 2008 "Freedom Fighter" EP which was well received by fans and critics alike. This garnered the band a spot on Manowar's Magic Circle Festival and the band returned to Europe again.
Upon the band's return from the second Europe trip, they were delighted to discover they finally had some interest in their home country and were offered a deal by Metal Blade Records.
In 2009 Metal Blade released "The End Of Tomorrow", which saw the band finally combining their strong classic metal and thrash songs with a strong production. The album featured artwork by Ed Repka and was well received by fans and critics, but the band was again derailed after a disastrous self-financed tour left the band in broke and in debt with no prospects of a return trek. Slumping sales of the album left Ravage in the dust bin and the band's rhythm section jumped ship. Ravage appeared to be finished...
But the two brothers, singer Al and guitarist Eli, along with longtime guitarist Nick Izzo were determined not to let their metal vision die. They reformed the band with a new rhythm section and began playing local shows again with the thought toward recording. Since the songwriting core of the group was still intact, they set about putting together their wealth of material for another release.
The band recorded a number of songs and finally decided to release a couple for Halloween 2012 in the form of this single "Enter The Outbreak.
"ENTER THE OUTBREAK" - this is one of our most aggressive songs musically. Nick came up with this very thrashy music and after listening to it a couple of times, the frantic nature of the riffs just gave me this vision of what the world would be like under the climate of fear associated with an outbreak of some horrible disease, and that concept I morphed into an idea of people being changed by fear. So that is really what the lyric is about. Whenever I write lyrics they always turn out to be these tales of morality about the end of the world - I think I read too many Tales From The Crypt comics or something. I remember a lot of the inspiration for these lyrics came after I had seen the movie "Contagion", I thought it was a good movie, but the song wasn't written about a disease outbreak so much as it was an outbreak of fear over any sort of calamity that leads to people changing -- turning into monsters, or animals, losing their sense of humanity. So in that sense it is a warning not to lose your head in tough times - to sort of step back and look at things analytically so you don't get caught up in the madness.
THE DEMON CORE - Another nice piece of music by Nick. He didn't like it so much, but after hearing it, I heard this really melodic chorus in it, set against some very heavy and thrashy parts and I really liked it so I insisted we work on it. Lyrically I always wanted to write a song about The Demon Core - which is a historical thing. It was a prototype nuclear weapon core that actually killed some of the scientists who were working on it in WWII. So this song is a bit f historical fiction I guess because I took that story and applied it toward my feelings about the recent earthquakes in Japan at Fukushima and made another sort of moralistic tale about where we are going with nuclear energy blah blah.
Ravage In Peace!!!'
- Al Ravage