Stay Hard is the fourth full-length album by the band Raven, released in 1985
All tracks by John Gallagher, Mark Gallagher and Rob Hunter.
“Stay Hard” 2:59
“When the Going Gets Tough” 3:34
“On and On” 3:54
“Get it Right” 4:49
“Restless Child” 2:45
“The Power and the Glory” 3:37
“Pray for the Sun” 4:22
“Hard Ride” 3:15
“Extract the Action” 3:04
“The Bottom Line” 3:37
John Gallagher – Bass, Vocals
Mark Gallagher – Guitar
Rob Hunter – drums
5.0 out of 5 stars
It took a few listens, but Stay Hard is an excellent metal lp.
Raven is/was a power trio that delivered mostly over-the-top heavy rock ‘n roll with a glut of hooks. Believe it or not, Stay Hard is one of their more subdued records. For a true Raven attack, you gave got to get your hands on Live at the Inferno- its an earth shattering live experience. But what we have at hand is very good indeed. Stay Hard is mostly mid-paced, riff heavy, and drum intensive. The vocals were hard to get used to in the beginning particularly because they are harsh. John Gallagher, who also plays bass, uses his vocal cords to their absolute fullest, belting out any and every kind of growl, snarl, and yelp he can. His style is not really unique as far as 80s metal bands go, but he definitely knows how to do this type of screaming better than most metal front-men. Most songs here reflect classic metal riffery- “Hard Ride”, “On & On”, “When the Going Gets Tough.” Nothing too progressive, just straight forward good hard rockin’. The main riff from “Restless Child” borrows the riff from Rainbows “Starstruck.” I can even hear a similarity to Saxons “Dallas 1PM” in the Raven tune “Power and Glory.” Oh well, let it pass, for the tracks really do rock. The solos on this record cook. I find that Stay Hard is excellent cruising material. The band gives 100% on every track, something you don’t normally hear from an established rock unit.
5.0 out of 5 stars Raven – Stay Hard – Stay MetaL
Stay Hard is my pick for favorite Raven album. And yes the albums before including Rock Until You Drop and Wiped Out are awesome as well. Their return album Walk Through Fire is great as well. But Stay Hard is my favorite. Some cheesy lyrics for sure, but the single On And On, Extract The Action, Stay Hard and probably my favorite song Get It Right are great songs. This was their first on Atlantic records which meant better recording. Buy this album and hear more of the incredible musician brothers John and Mark Gallagher.
5.0 out of 5 stars higgy-michigan,
STAY HARD is the heaviest! Z rock in 1986 introduced me to them, very high energy metal with that tenacious Irish bite! worth every penny!