Arthur Rizk is just not solely one of many hottest producers in steel proper now, he is additionally the guitarist in New Wave of Conventional Heavy Steel faithfuls Sumerlands and Everlasting Champion. And he is right here to share within the glory by education you in 10 Killer New Age Bands Enjoying Basic Heavy Steel.
Across the time I used to be 8 years outdated, I used to be uncovered to heavy steel and laborious rock by way of my older cousins from Lebanon. After I realized to play guitar, the primary issues I realized had been Iron Maiden, Scorpions and Metallica and that’s the path I’ve stayed on. I’ve been obsessive about a wide range of completely different music since then, however my love for what you’ll name “basic steel” is everlasting.
I’ve picked out 10 bands (all of that are presently energetic) who play basic steel within the modern-day, which is typically categorized as NWOTHM (New Wave of Conventional Heavy Steel). I want to only say “heavy steel” as a result of in 100 years, these bands could also be thought-about simply the “heavy steel” period alongside Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. In spite of everything, Mozart and Beethoven existed over 30 years other than one another however are thought-about to be from the identical interval they usually get labeled the identical!
Since I’m additionally a producer who works on this style, I left all of the bands I’ve labored with off of the listing out of respect for journalistic integrity and to keep away from battle of curiosity. I additionally tried to keep away from a variety of apparent bands and highlighted a couple of that don’t have a variety of worldwide recognition.
The NWOTHM playlist Loudwire put collectively NWOTHM is a killer assortment of present shit from our period and options some I’ve labored with. It additionally consists of the brand new Sumerlands single, “Dreamkiller.” Wink, wink!
Okay! With out droning on any additional, and in no specific order, right here is my listing of 10 Killer New Age Bands Enjoying Basic Heavy Steel!
Due to Arthur Rizk for answering the decision to defend true metal. Get your copy of Sumerlands’ ‘Dreamkiller’ album here (out now on Relapse) and observe the band on Instagram, Facebook, Bandcamp and Spotify. And blast Sumerlands’ “Dreamkiller” beneath whereas trying out Rizk’s picks.
Head here to hearken to Loudwire’s NWOTHM (New Wave of Conventional Heavy Steel) playlist.
I noticed Mirror play in an deserted amusement park in Sweden this 12 months at Muskelrock, and it was completely inspiring. After watching 1,000,000 bands a 12 months you ultimately get desensitized and I used to be on a break from steel usually.
Mirror made me instantly decide up my guitar to start out writing and set my heavy steel spirit ablaze. Jimmy Mavrommatis’ voice, memorable choruses, tasteful solos/leads and the affect of the Mediterranean of their genetic make-up had me zooted.
A crude combo of bands I’d examine them to could be early Iron Maiden, Mercyful Destiny and Warlord. Hail Cyprus! These guys additionally fed the entire viewers booze they introduced from Cyprus.
Fates Warning wrote, IMHO, the best prog/energy steel LP — Awaken The Guardian. Some members from that album began a brand new band within the 2010s and I used to be totally shocked after I first heard it — a excessive finish instance of how a file from 2019 transcends music from 1986, however exists in a contemporary hybrid context. This file must be known as “Sit down youngsters, don’t stop your day job.” A little bit of a cross between Rush, Crimson Glory and Cynic… Pure perfection. Thanks Arch / Matheos!
Black Sword Thunder Assault had been the eighth marvel of the world to me after I heard the 2011 cult demo In Hell’s Reign and remained so till a couple of years after I first visited Greece. I met their bassist Stelios at a now sadly closed venue in Athens known as The Crow Membership. It was a sick place with film memorabilia in every single place and lots from the film The Crow — R.I.P.
I later realized they recruited a brand new singer (Mareike) and had been about to launch their first official EP along with her. This launch completely rocked me! The melancholic synth work is flawless Mediterranean darkish pop composition, fused with the chilly epic vocals of Mareike. I’d crudely describe it as someplace between Manilla Highway/Lordian Guard however far more obscure sounding.
Phil Swanson (Vestal Claret, Solemn Lament, Smith & Swanson, ex-Sumerlands) is considered one of my favourite songwriters/vocalists of all time — it’s no secret. This band is a collaboration between Phil and one other unimaginable songwriter Martin Sparvath of (one other killer band) Altar Of Oblivion.
I’m an enormous fan of the unassuming epicness of the choirs, the non-traditional uneven drum beats, the final doomed out track writing and the ultra-refined guitar leads. The brand new EP Misplaced Occasions has been on repeat and it’s so sick to listen to some present obscure heavy steel with nice hooks, each vocally and on guitar.
Claymorean are a latest discovery of mine, going again to the discharge of their Eulogy for the Gods album in 2021. The vocal traces, sung in English with a Serbian accent, are whole earworms that hooked me on my first pay attention.
I’m typically reminded of later Judas Priest and they are often described as a cross between Manowar, Hammerfall and Darkish Star. A lot respect for prevailing in such a small scene!
My buddy and singer of Everlasting Champion, Jason Tarpey, put me onto Terminus. I beloved their 2017 file The Reaper’s Spiral, however the latest file captivated me immediately. From the primary second, it got here in with the ferocity of a death-thrash file, however with energy steel vocals. It’s like a mashup of Manilla Highway, Twisted Tower Dire and Manowar on the heavier moments.
Blood Star share members with Salt Lake Metropolis’s Visigoth, and as soon as I heard that I wasted no time checking them out. The 7” titled “The Worry” is fucking superb and begins with my favourite sort of heavy steel guitar enjoying — a fusion of melancholy and energy steel.
The vocals are insanely catchy — whole earworm metropolis. I can’t assist feeling like Madeline’s vocals are barely nation impressed or possibly it’s the Utah accent? Perhaps it’s Blood Star’s cowl of The Highwaymen’s “Silver Stallion” that makes me really feel that manner. I extremely counsel jamming the track beneath — I’ve listened to it so many occasions.
I discussed assembly Black Sword Thunder Assault in Greece at The Crow Membership, however what I didn’t point out is we (Everlasting Champion) had been enjoying with the legendary band Wrathblade that night time. I used to be already a fan, however that night time I grew to become a diehard and went residence and jammed this file for a month straight. It once more relit my heavy steel flame at a time the place I used to be principally listening to Bee Gees, Abba and Barbara Streisand. Excellent manufacturing — uncooked, heavy and in your face. A cross between Omen, Iron Maiden and Doomsword.
Demon Bitch appeared on Fenriz from Darkthrone’s 2016 finish of the 12 months listing together with Sumerlands and Everlasting Champion.
Simply three seconds into Hellfriends I believed it was completely blended and at precisely 11 seconds in there was a skip kick drum beat that hit so laborious. Logon’s vocals kicked in not too far after and I couldn’t imagine what I used to be listening to — he has the ability of Geoff Tate circa Queensryche’s self-titled EP, not that there was any proof of that inspiration.
The guitar solos fly out and in so rapidly that you simply don’t know what hit you. I used to be and nonetheless am hooked on the file — it’s like crack and I’m taking a break from writing this text to complete listening to Hellfriends proper now.
A cross of Jag Panzer, Agent Metal and early Queensrÿche. Hail Michigan
This band preceded Everlasting Champion and was a large inspiration that lit a hearth beneath my ass. I had been writing demos with the intent to start out a band with their singer, Jason Tarpey, and after I heard the completed product that’s this Texas steel basic, I simply knew I needed to work tougher to make it price his time. This file is flawless.
A cross between Manilla Highway and Cirith Ungol with some atmospheric components of Queensrÿche. Laborious as fuck above all else and, once more, whole legends.