(From Eflux Media, 22 October 2007)
RIP Killing Joke Bassist Paul Raven
By Jess Zalameda
Killing Joke bassist Paul Raven was found dead on Saturday, October 20 in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border. Initial reports indicate the cause of death was a heart attack. Raven – also known for his work with Prong and most recently Ministry - was in Geneva working with French recording artists Treponem Pal on their new release.
Born in Wolverhampton, UK on January 16, 1961, Paul Vincent Raven established himself with his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial outfit Killing Joke, joining the band in 1982. He recorded and toured with them throughout their 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 and Godflesh. In late 2005 he began working with Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, and went on to record Rio Grande Blood and The Last Sucker. At the time of his death, Raven was in the mixing and mastering a recording for his latest project Mob Research.
A memorial dedicated to the Life and Art of Paul Raven can be found at thirteenthplanet.com/raven