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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!



Website: shaftofsteel.com







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"Shaft of Steel" sounds like a gay-porn "Superman" parody.


Just sayin'.

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Hey bro, your supposed to post about movies over on that Exquisite board, not here in the music, I figured you of all people would know this, and go ahead and sign Geoff up for a copy of this new DVD, I cant wait to see his face, he will be as happy as a sissy with a bag of dicks when this flick comes out, anyways good luck!

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"Shaft of Steel" sounds like a gay-porn "Superman" parody.




"Shaft Of Steel" - Cumming to a cinema near you.



Hey bro, your supposed to post about movies over on that Exquisite board, not here in the music, I figured you of all people would know this, and go ahead and sign Geoff up for a copy of this new DVD, I cant wait to see his face, he will be as happy as a sissy with a bag of dicks when this flick comes out, anyways good luck!


Yeah, Freddy started it!

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Doesn't sound bad, don't know what the rest sounds like but I'd call this Melodic Rock/AOR not Metal.

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PRESS RELEASE: UK AOR metal group Shaft of Steel announce their new line-up for 2018. Debut album to follow.

Shaft of Steel are thrilled to present their new line-up to the world. Joining existing members Robert Fenning, Alex Markham, Adam Carruthers and Chris Smurthwaite are Dominic Swords on bass and Michael Levy on drums.

Guitarist and main songwriter Alex Markham comments:

"After a long search, scouring the country to find the hottest drumming talent, we decided that there was no one better suited to filling the gaping hole left by Garth (Vickers, former drummer) than our old uni mate Mike.

"Back in our Scarborough days, we played a tonne of shows with Mike's old band Assembly Point 3 and he even stepped in to cover for Garth at our final gig before we went on extended hiatus. He's a kick-arse player who brings a whole new dimension to our sound. He's also a bonafide Southerner, and we felt the time was right to let another of them in again. Being a London-based band consisting mainly of Kendalians, we often find ourselves in need of an interpreter. The natives down here reckon we talk funny.

"We took a similar approach when the issue of a new bass player came up. 'Where could we possibly start looking for a new bassist?', I asked myself. 'Oh yeah, that lad who lives over the road from my mum'. In all seriousness, Dom did a fantastic job filling in for Andy (Cooper, former bassist) at the last couple of shows and we're really happy that he's joined full-time. He also brings the average age of the band down by a couple of years, and that nicely offsets the beer guts and double chins that have started to creep in.

"I'm also glad to say that we will be continuing to work with Andy in the studio. The backing vocal arrangements that we've crafted together are a big part of our sound. He's a good friend and he's still very much part of the Shaft of Steel family. Just more like that side of the family that you only see at weddings and funerals".

The band have recently finished recording their debut album, which will be released later this year.


Shaft of Steel are:

Robert Fenning - Lead Vocals
Alex Markham - Guitar
Adam Carruthers - Guitar
Chris Smurthwaite - Keyboard
Dominic Swords - Bass
Michael Levy - Drums

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