Welcome to Rich's page dedicated to the band Graven Image. This was the old LA band Rich was in prior to joining Asa Cruz. To Rich, Graven Image was one of the highlights of his musical career, & this page pays homage to the band, as well as friends & fans of that memorable time.
The following artwork and bio are taken from the "Graven Image" CD.
CD Artwork Front Page Inner Sleeve/Lyrics from the CD
Graven Image Bio:
Image was formed in Los Angeles in 1992, at
the tail end of when Metal reigned in the city of Angels. The
band came together when singer Jimmy Williams met guitarist
Brian Gartland in 1991. Williams
was from the popular
Akron Ohio band US Metal - as well as vocal mentor
to Judas Priest singer Ripper Owens. Gartland
from the popular Cleveland band Wretch, and the
two moved to LA to pursue success with a new band.
The union of Gartland and Williams led to another
inception of Wretch in LA, which underwent several
personnel changes until a chance meeting at a
local watering hole led to the final inception of Graven Image,
when bassist Rich Hansen, drummer Doug Clelland (both
from LA band Takara), and Mirror guitarist John Bigwood, joined
together in 1992. The band spent its next four years songwriting,
recording demos, and building a following from its
many live performances in the LA area. A
was offered to the band by Republic Records in 1993,
which was later turned down. Graven
Image was a popular
draw in the LA club scene, receiving rave reviews from
local magazines, and radio play on the famous station KNAC.
As shifts in musical trends saw the demise of both KNAC
and the entire Metal scene, the band also saw a switch in
drummers from Doug Clelland to Jerry Beller in 1994.
continued on until changes in musical and professional directions
finally led to the demise of Graven Image in 1996. Many
of the band's fans and friends have requested that a CD
be produced with all of the songs that were recorded throughout
the different versions of this band. Commemorating
ten-year anniversary of the band's forming in 1992, this CD of
all-unreleased material represents a sampling of what this unsung
band produced during its four years together.
We hope you
enjoy it. Those were some of the
best of times……….
Photos courtesy of Tracy Williams
MP3's and Live Videos of Graven Image can be accessed from this link: