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SHAFTOFSTEELEPREVIEW2014

 

SHAFT OF STEEL - EP

SELF RELEASED

SEPTEMBER 29 2014

 

 

Hailing from the UK and with surely one of the dodgiest names since we dreamed up band names at school this melodic Hard Rock band from London is quite simply a revelation…

 

It’s few and far between that you hear a new independent band that has such an immediate impact, but on the strength of this debut EP we will be hearing a lot more from these guys in the future.  If you love a sound with huge guitars, impassioned vocals and sweeping keys, then add to that an equally powerful backline and the songs to deliver the goods.

 

Opening with the burning melody of ‘Drive’ you are immediately reminded of greats like Harem Scarem: it’s a track with sumptuous production from guitarist Alex Markham who throughout does a damn fine job.  ‘Spinning Vortex of Love’ that sweeps in next is even better – the melody is simply irresistible and the song beautifully constructed with some sumptuous backing vocals that add another level.

 

There’s a bit more meat to the riff-driven ‘Steel Avenger (Stand Your Ground)’ which adds another dimension to the sound and another possibility for a future long-player; before final track ‘Release the Lion Within’ again treads heavier ground, slowing the pace to deliver a song that may established bands would dream of writing.   

 

Listening to ‘Shaft of Steel’ restores your faith that there are young bands out there with the chops to blow you away despite not having the major backing behind them. I expect big things for these guys, and soon.

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

SHAFT OF STEELEP - HARD ROCK EP REVIEW 2014