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Paul Raven


1984-2007 Killing Joke - bass  
1993-1996 Prong - bass  
2002 Godflesh - bass  
2005-2007 Ministry - bass  
2006-2007 Treponem Pal - bass  

Personal information

Born on: 16.01.1961
Died on: 20.10.2007

Paul Vincent Raven was a rock bassist best known for his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial group Killing Joke. He later played in the alternative rock/industrial rock bands Prong and Ministry.

His early musical career included stints in Neon Hearts and the short-lived 1982 glam rock band, Kitsch. Kitsch is also notable for including Rook Randle and Tyla before he would go onto larger success with his band, Dogs D'Amour.

Raven's big break came when he replaced original Killing Joke bassist Youth in mid 1982, just in time for the North American tour documented on the Ha! live EP. He was with the group through its most commercially successful period, appearing on the Fire Dances, Night Time and Brighter than a Thousand Suns albums, before leaving during the recording of 1988's Outside the Gate, rejoining in time for 1990's Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions.

After touring in support of this album, Killing Joke split up, with everyone except singer Jaz Coleman going on to form Murder, Inc. in 1991, adding singer Chris Connelly. During this time, Raven also participated in Pigface, a project conceived by Murder Inc./Killing Joke/PiL drummer Martin Atkins, as an ever-morphing musical circus with a fluid line-up.

Killing Joke reformed in 1992, but it was with original bassist Youth back in the fold. Raven next joined Prong, appearing on their Cleansing and Rude Awakening albums. After leaving Prong in 1996, he began a career as a producer and remixer and also played with the group Zilch, along with Hideto Matsumoto, Dave Kushner, Joey Castillo and Ray McVeigh.

In 2003, Raven played bass on Exit Through Fear with Society 1 and performed on the subsequent tour for the album. Raven later left Society 1 and worked as bassist in Godflesh then rejoined Killing Joke for their 2003 eponymously titled album and its follow up, Hosannas from the Basements of Hell. In 2005, Raven began working with Al Jourgensen of Ministry for their album Rio Grande Blood. In 2006, Raven completed a European and American tour with Ministry. In 2007 Raven wrote and recorded on Ministry's final studio album, The Last Sucker. He also began work on his own project, Mob Research.

Raven died of an apparent heart attack in his sleep on October 20, 2007. He was recording with Treponem Pal on their new album at the time of his death.