Sjak : In the middle of last year Dissonance Productions re-released the albums ‘Rock Until You Drop’ (from 1981), ‘All For One’ (from 1983) and ‘Live At The Inferno’ (from 1984) with the necessary bonus material and at that time I was somewhat surprised that the 1982 record ‘Wiped Out’ hadn’t undergone the same treatment. The exact reason why this album was “forgotten” back then still isn’t clear to me, but a little less than a year later this record is now also brought to market again, with three songs of the ‘Crash, Bang, Wallop’ EP as a bonus.
After the release of the very successful debut album ‘Rock Until You Drop’ a successor had to be made quite fast to keep the momentum going around the band and as a result of that there was quite some pressure on the creative process. Despite of the fact that they weren’t given a lot of time to write new song material, also ‘Wiped Out’ proved to be a very strong album on which they were able to capture the energy of the first album into a number of great tunes. Especially ‘Faster Than The Speed Of Light’, ‘Fire Power’, the excellently built-up ‘To The Limit To The Top’ and ‘Hold Back The Fire’ are very good, causing ‘Wiped Out’ to also have become a very well succeeded Raven release.
I have to admit that the consistent quality level that was delivered on the debut album isn’t exactly present on ‘Wiped Out’, because with ‘Star War’, ‘Bring The Hammer Down’ and ‘Battle Zone’ also a number of quite mediocre tracks are placed on the record, but as a whole the second disc of Raven is just a mighty-fine metal album just like the debut. The very strong EP ‘Crash, Bang, Wallop’, which is added as bonus material, makes this re-release even more interesting, although I can hardly imagine that there are many people around that don’t own these two releases already. If that’s the case however, I would advise you to purchase this renewed version, because also ‘Wiped Out’ is in my opinion a true classic album from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal period.