"Like the pitch-black bird with which she shares a name, a nod to her Viking past, the songs on 22-year old Norwegian-born singer/songwriter Marion Raven “Heads Will Roll” EP are dark, vengeful, mysterious, dangerous, but ultimately uplifting and cathartic.
Many of the songs, all of them written by Raven, some in collaboration with others, are about heartbreak and disappointment, the result of a real-life relationship gone bad. For example, “13 Days,” which she composed with Canadian singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk and Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida, is about a fling she had lasting just that long.
“My ex-boyfriend is not going to be happy when he hears this album,” laughs Raven about songs like “Spit Me Out” and “Heads Will Roll”, which target infidelity with the raw venom of a woman scorned.
“Heads Will Roll,” co-written with Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, features Marion playing piano, electric, and acoustic guitar. “We just hit it off and he asked if I wanted to write with him,” says Marion of the collaboration with the Mötley Crüe bassist. “And we came up with ‘Heads Will Roll.’”
Says Nikki Sixx “I’ve written with artists as diverse as Joey from Saliva to Meat Loaf and Vince Neil, but Marion is the f*cking most talented new artist I’ve worked with since I’ve been making music.”
The “Heads Will Roll” video, which includes scenes of Marion wearing nothing but her guitar on top of ten equally naked women all crammed into a small box, also features Xavier Muriel from Buckcherry on drums and the talents The Exies (Scott Stevens’s backing vocals and guitar and Freddy Herrera on bass).
“Marion Raven has the dark edge that Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson wish they had. I declare her the new Joan Jett of Rock and Roll,” states Scott Stevens of the Exies.
Already a huge success in Japan where her album, Here I Am, debuted at #6 on the charts and her single hit #1. US audiences can get a taste of Marion September 12th when her EP is released on the internet. Her full length will be released first quarter 2007.
Marion Raven is already making waves here in the US not only having written with Nikki Sixx from Mötley Crüe, but also with Art Alexakis from Everclear and Keith Nelson from Buckcherry.
Keith was impressed with Marion’s talents enough to say, "It was exciting to produce and write with Marion Raven. Her beauty equals her talent, a rare find."