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Shun The Raven

High Point, NC | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF | AFTRA

High Point, NC | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Metal




"Shun The Raven Album Review"

Shun the Raven is a progressive rock/progressive metal band formed in 2015 based out of Greensboro, North Carolina. Their current EP, titled Shun the Raven, is five tracks of viscous summer air, with grinding distortion and driving chords that make you yearn for the open road in the country with friends to keep your spirits high.
The opening track, “Slave to Creation,” begins with the sounds of a steady wind and the low chimes of a guitar, before expanding to a thick rocking groove. The vocals of guitarist and frontman Aaron Monk glide smoothly over the rich rhythms of drummer Chad Hough and moving basslines of Jairus Combs. Toward the end of the song, a thick distorted haste falls over the guitar tone as a breakdown forms and Monk’s smooth vocals become a roar over the heavy sludge of tone as the song suddenly comes to a halt.
The second track, “By the Wire,” opens with a reverberating twang of guitar as slow, lovely chord transitions gradually crescendo before coming to a peak where distortion takes over and the band’s progressive metal roots shine through. The transition reminds me fondly of many of the tracks off of Deftones’ album Koi No Yokan. The remainder of the song is a swift rocking tune that feels like the crunch of gravel under a dirt bike. Between the fast-moving guitar riffs, the equally nimble bass, and the slow, sturdy drum line you can visualize the grinding of pebbles beneath a spinning tire as the song moves ever forward.
Track three, “The Pill,” has a very modern mix with a classic feel. The speedy power chords feel like a callback to the older metal of Anthrax or Mӧtorhead but the inclusion of various minor chords is much more reminiscent of bands popular in the mid-aughts like Bayside or Avenged Sevenfold. Monk’s vocals are much gruffer in “The Pill” as opposed to previous songs on the album, adding another dimension to the texture of their music.
Track four, “Reasons,” brings the atmosphere of the album back down to the smoother progressive rock tones of “Slave to Creation” and “By the Wire,” creating a mountainous texture to the atmospheric soundscape of the album. The song starts with a clean, swift guitar pattern with steady rhythms from the bass and drums lying underneath. Monk’s vocals remain soft in his low register, calmly running through the verses before reverting back to his stylistic gruffness and occasional slides in and out of falsetto for the choruses.
The final track, “Feed the Beast,” is a heavy climax to the album, with a rough, heavy, picked bassline serving as the driving force behind the song and the return of those heavier screaming vocals that existed in “The Pill.” The guitar serves as an additive to the rhythm section, abandoning arpeggios and many single picked notes for thick power chords for the vast majority of the song before slipping back into its role as a melodic force in the bridge toward the end. “Feed the Beast” is a strong finish to a rock-solid album, and I very much look forward to the future releases of Shun the Raven.
The full collection of songs that are included on the Shun the Raven EP are available on the band’s reverbnation at All songs have been recorded and produced by John Plymale of Overdub Lane Recording based out of Durham, North Carolina. - Ross Barnes

"Shun The Raven"

Shun The Raven is a strikingly enigmatic band for several reasons. For starters, there’s not a whole lot of information on the group’s website. This is a fairly new musical union. So, it’s partially natural to not have a ton of media at this point. But, I also get the impression that these guys prefer to remain under veil. On top of the on-paper mystique, the few songs available come off as cryptic at times.

Formed in April 2015, Shun The Raven is a trio from High Point, NC. A self-described progressive rock act, this band has offered no more than a three-song demo for listeners thus far.

The Pill takes off from the starting line with a sense of urgency. This is the most energetic of the three tracks and it stands out in comparison to the others because of its fast pace. The combination of the speed and instrument tones provides a sound that’s like something belonging to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The rhythm breaks down in the chorus and bridge with some groove and screams, which gives the song a bit more of a modern edge. What captured my attention most about this tune is the pick-style bass line. - Tyler Spivey


Shun The Raven, an original three piece rock band based out of High Point, NC features on Songperk this week. With band members consisting of Aaron Monk/Lead Vocalist/Guitar, Jairus Combs/Bass Guitar and Chad Hough/Drummer, STR is a great mixture of progressive rock/progressive metal.

As the intro chimes in eerily, the lead singer Aaron Monk’s powerful vocals send shivers up your spine. Screaming of angst and passion, the song definitely owes a lot to his steadfast singing. Slave has no trouble finding its groove, and makes for quite some head-banging moments. Being the progressive metal track it is, the growling towards the end adds great value by making sure the song ends on a high. The solos are abuzz and livewire, while the lines themselves are quite instigating on their own. The lead-up to the outro growl mixes things up and works big time. With sparks flying, the song takes us on a raging ride and back, making it the pick of the week. - SHIVASHARAN M


Shun The Raven/  Hotel

1/ Slave to Creation

2/ The Pill

3/ By the Wire



Shun The Raven is an independent, original, four piece band that blends progressive rock and heavy metal. The band is based out of High Point, NC and was formed in April of 2015. The guys spent some time writing quality songs and polishing their stage skills before heading into Overdub Lane Studios to work with John Plymale. In 2016 STR released a 3 song EP dubbed "Hotel". They returned to the same studio and cut an additional 3 songs in 2017.  5 of these tracks are available on an untitled EP. The latest track 'Pusher' was released in April of 2018 and is now available on all online stores.

In 2017 Shun the Raven shared the stage with many national acts including, Smile Empty Soul, Austin Winkler (formerly with Hinder), October Rage, and even an acoustic evening with Saliva. In September of 2017 the band performed at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Virginia which included performances by Saving Abel, Tantric, Drowning Pool, Everlast, POD, Flaw, Sick Puppies, Scott Stapp, and many more. STR followed that up by winning the 105.7 battle of the bands, earning them the coveted spot of opening for Saliva and Trapt at the White Oak Amphitheater. In April 2018, Shun The Raven welcomed guitarist Cody Pike to the lineup.

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