Shaft of Steel are one of the brightest new hopes in melodic metal. With a refreshingly unique sound that combines power metal, progressive rock and 1980s AOR, this multinational act (based jointly in London and Duisburg) are surely set for big things.
'The Steel' formed in the tuna fish-loving town of Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 2004, where the original line-up of ex-Acrimonious Anguish main man Alex Markham (guitar), Robert Fenning (vocals and guitar), Andy Cooper (bass) and Will Keen (drums) met while studying at The University of Hull. Over the course of three glorious years, with a number of line-up changes involving Will moving on to pastures new, the acquisition of former Mantra drummer Garth Vickers and the addition of Chris Hartnell on rhythm guitar, the band gained wide acclaim for their anthemic songs and memorable live performances.
The band was put on hold in 2007 when Alex rejoined Acrimonious Anguish, but after a four-year hiatus, the trio of Alex, Rob and Andy reformed in early 2011 and went back into the studio to re-record and remix their old material. These sessions proved so fruitful that they decided to reform the band on a permanent basis and enlist some additional members, old and new. Garth made a welcome return to the drum stool and Adam Carruthers (ex-Acrimonious Anguish) and Chris Smurthwaite (ex-Sole Survivor) were drafted in on second guitar and keyboard respectively.
2014 looks set to be a milestone year for the band, with big plans in the air and an ambition that won't rest until the world knows the name Shaft of Steel!