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Obituaries: Paul Raven
Ian Abrahams
Tuesday November 20, 2007

The bass player Paul Raven, who has succumbed, aged 46, to an apparent heart attack following recording sessions in Switzerland, might have presented himself on stage as a commando-clad nightmare vision, but it did not prevent him becoming a much-loved figure on the industrial rock scene. When playing in Japan in the band Zilch, he was affectionately dubbed "Polar Bear" and "Silverback" because of his size in comparison to his Japanese fans. His contributions to a website run by his principal band, Killing Joke, revealed a well-travelled man with many friends and a keen interest in breeding pit bulls. [read more]

Guardian Unlimited Music: Killing Joke bassist dies


Malicious Damage (Update)

from Malicious Damage website:
well it's bad news to start with... since the last update we've lost a really good friend and the world's lost a great bass player... paul raven died in his sleep at the tragically early age of 46... paul had been in geneva recording with ted parsons and treponem pal and after a night celebrating and reminiscing with old friends he didn't wake up... there was a very emotional service in france on halloween followed by a suitably raucous celebration
at the bar in geneva where paul spent
his last night - i know he'd have definitely
enjoyed the second part...


from Malicious Damage website:
paul died yesterday in his sleep and we'll
miss him deeply

paul - remember driving back from that headcount session, all singing along at full blast to rockin' all over the world, creased up with laughter?
i'll treasure that forever
god bless mate,

Malicious Damage:


Al Jourgensen Comments (Update)

from Headbanger's Blog:
“Tony’s replacing Raven because we’ve gone through hell over the last weeks and I know Tony and Raven got along great and Raven would have loved it,” Jourgensen told Headbangersblog.com.

For the C U LaTouR, Jourgensen will be joined by singer Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory, Ascension of the Watchers), guitarists Tommy Victor (Prong) and Sin Quirin (Revolting Cocks), keyboardist John Bechdel (Prong, Ascension of the Watchers, False Icons) and bassist Tony Campos (Static-X). Campos will be taking the place of recently departed Ministry and Killing Joke Paul Raven, who died of a heart attack on October 20 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Headbanger's Blog:
Exclusive: Ministry Frontman Discusses Farewell Tour


MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen and members of KILLING JOKE have commented on the passing of bassist Paul Raven, who was found dead yesterday (Saturday, October 20) in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border.

Stated Jourgensen: "I am in total shock. The world of music is a sadder, emptier place. Not only was Raven an extraordinary talent, but one of my closest dearest friends. Our condolences and prayers go to his immediate family. He will be truly missed by artists, musicians and his fans the world over.

"The one consolation is knowing Raven's already hooked up with the right people and started a new project in the After Life.

"God's speed, Raven. Rest in peace, you fucking pirate."

MINISTRY Mainman On PAUL RAVEN's Passing: 'I Am In Total Shock' - Oct. 21, 2007

Al Jourgensen (Ministry)


Tommy Victor (Prong)

PRONG, the pioneering New York City underground act (since relocated to Los Angeles) that saw success in the '80s and '90s with classics like "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" and "Whose Fist Is It Anyway?", will be featured on a special edition of "The CMS Xtreme" program. The show fill feature classic PRONG cuts, new material from PRONG's latest release "The Power of the Damager", and an interview with PRONG mainman Tommy Victor (also of MINISTRY, DANZIG). The interview will include a discussion about "The Power of the Damager", the closing of the historic CBGB club in New York and the passing of former PRONG bassist Paul Raven.

PRONG Mainman To Guest On 'The CMS Xtreme'

from Prong website:
october 20th, 2007 - Paul Raven Passes Away

Ministry Bassist Paul Raven Dies of Heart Attack in Geneva

October 20, 2007 FRANCE - Ministry's bassist Paul Raven was found dead today in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border. Initial reports indicate Raven's passing was due to a heart attack. Raven (known also for his work with Killing Joke, Prong) was in Geneva working with French recording artists Treponem Pal on their new release, along side drummer Ted Parsons (ex-Prong, ex-Killing Joke) and members of The Young Gods.

Born in Wolverhampton UK on January 16, 1961, Paul Vincent Raven established himself with his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial group Killing Joke when, in 1982 he replaced the original bassist for the band, recording and touring with the group throughout its most commercially successful period, performing on Fire Dances , Night Time and Brighter than a Thousand Suns . Throughout his extensive career, Raven participated in other collaborations including Prong, Murder, Inc., Pigface, Godflesh.

Most recently, Raven was nominated for a 2006 Grammy for Best Metal Performance for his work with Ministry's Al Jourgensen and Prong's Tommy Victor, with whom he had begun working with in late 2005 on the 13 th Planet release Rio Grande Blood. After a 2006 World Tour with Ministry, Raven helped Jourgensen and Prong's Tommy Victor pen the September 18, 2006 Ministry release The Last Sucker , Ministry's final studio release.

Raven's newest project, Mob Research, featuring members of Warrior Soul and The Mission UK, and scheduled for release on 13 th Planet Records in 2008, was in the final mixing and mastering phases at the time of Raven's sudden and unexpected passing.

Tommy Victor has released the following statement:

"Paul Raven was a grand-master of our cult, high up in the inner sanctum sanctorum. His status can never be forgotten, nor his presence replaced. One of our heroes. An unbelievable loss, but we are always going to laugh and smile in remembrance…. exactly how he wanted it."

13th Planet Records and the MINISTRY camp pays homage to the late Raven: visit the memorial.

Prong website:


Tribazik (Update)

TRIBAZIK 'All Blood Is Red' Album Launch Party

4.28 TRIBAZIK 'All Blood Is Red' Album Launch Party
Hi, TRIBAZIK live on stage 10:30pm tues 28th april @ The Lexington (96 Pentonville rd, Angel tube)

with special guests - Chris Liberator and Geezers punk/ska band 'Dogshite' (on stage 9:45)

Rob Stow
Chris Liberator

Come on down - lets 'ave a laugh.....

# e-flyer

TRIBAZIK (Jerry Kandiah, Blaise Merino, Hedge Seel)

Venue: The Lexington (Islington, London)

Tuesday, April 28
Upstairs - Tribazik, Dog*shite
8pm £5

The punk, ska, rock and tekno band launch their album 'All Blood Is Red' with help from ska-punks guests Dog*Shite and DJs Chris Liberator, Rob Stow, Geezer and Tiddles plus visuals from HyperVJ.

"The new Pink Floyd of heavy metal.” - DJ Grendel (Dawn Radio)

“Tribazik could become one of the UK’s finest bands.” - Giles Moorhouse - Rock Sound

“…metal, rock, tribal, acid techno and world mixed up in a melting pot and spat out creating an original sound and packing quite a punch” - Jo Elliot (bbc.co.uk)

“…Uncompromising stabbing riffs, sampled siren calls and war dispatches, and dark, ominous bass, all dragged along by righteously indignant booming vocals.” - Emma Johnson (Kerrang!)

“…Whilst a lot of industrial fails to make an impact in the UK, this home-grown act fires out memorable track after memorable track.” – Phill May (rockmidgets.com)

Purchase "All Blood Is Red" CD: Amazon.co.uk | HMV.com

Good luck.


from PAUL RAVEN TRIBUTE PAGE's Friends Comments (myspace)
It has been an honour having you as a friend. Thanks for your support and respect over the years.
See you on the other side Dude.

from RIOTSTAR's Friends Comments (myspace)
Such devasting news which touches all of us that knew you and were inspired by your passion, humour and love of life and music.
I still laugh at you trying to play your bass upright on tour with KJ!Great memories being on tour with you.

My thoughts are with your family in this impossible time.

Much respect,
Blaise Merino

from KILLING JOKE myspace blog
Raven's death is a tragic loss and is difficult to comprehend. His sense of humour, enthusiasm and attention to details will be greatly missed by all those that met him and were able to enjoy his passion for music and life. I respected him greatly.

My deepest condolences to his family.

Blaise Merino

from Tribazik myspace

We are deeply saddened and shocked by the death of Paul Raven. He supported Tribazik with great enthusiasm, making it a pleasure for us to be on tour with him and the Killing Joke brothers. We will remember him for his sense of humour and passion for life and music, always on the search for something special.

Our thoughts go out to his family at this devastating time.

Tribazik myspace:

# KILLING JOKE 2005/2006 Tour Support
# Jerry Kandiah (Gt) - "KJ2003" & "Hosannas" Recording Engineer

# News from Tribazik myspace:
the MOLTEN music video - featuring Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman has been completed and is due to be released imminently.

Update: 2009.04.15


Andy M (The Gathering mailing list)

from KILLING JOKE myspace blog comments:
I'm deeply saddened.

R.I.P. Paul.

from The Gathering (Top Page):
A great man, a good friend, a gifted musician

The Gathering:


Martin Ratcliffe

Paul Vincent Raven (1961 - 2007)
I was fortunate enough to know Paul for over 30 years.
These photos are from my scrapbook of our time together in Neon Hearts.
They made me laugh, I hope you do too.

* Martin Ratcliffe (ex-Neon Hearts Guitarist)

The ModPopPunkArchives: NEON HEARTS: Biography
Punk77: Neon Hearts


10.31 Raven's Funeral

from The Gathering mailing list, Posted by Rob Moss:
Dear All

Just got back from the funeral.

I wanted to let you all know that it was a beautiful day in a delightful setting, so fitting.

The first person we saw at the airport was Big Paul.
We immediately accosted him, held him hostage and took him to Annecy where he was subjected to a day of Headcount/Mike Coles stupidity which he loved!

The funeral service included, at the request of Paul's Mum, a couple of prayers and a short sermon.
Jaz and Geordie were there and Jaz said a few words.

All of Raven's (known!!!) children were there. It was lovely to see his little boys again - they are lovely little fellas. And everyone was positive and shared fond memories. So many attractive women there - well done my son ! ;-)

In the evening we met at L'Usine in Geneva where Paul spent his last evening and we celebrated his life. So many glasses raised, so many great stories told and so many happy faces. The XXV Gathering DVD was played and we remembered the great man.

He had one hell of a send off Gatherers.

Just a shame the old buzzard wasn't there, he'd have loved it!

* five children

Independent Online Edition: Obituaries - Paul Raven