Steel Inferno

Demo 2014 EP

Written by: PP on 13/02/2014 22:23:34

Steel Inferno is a Copenhagen-based, female-fronted heavy metal band, but you can hardly call them Danish given how their members originate from Greece, France and Poland as well as Denmark, of course. The story does not tell how the multicultural group found each other, but now they're based in Copenhagen and intend to bring back the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) back with a vengeance on their debut demo, which is simply titled "Demo 2014".

It's a five track effort which sees the band turn their heads firmly towards the 80s, specifically the big names. Sabbath, Maiden, Judas Priest, Accept, you name it, the classic heavy metal influences are present loud and clear in the mix, perhaps a little too much for the band's own good, but this is a demo so we'll let it slide. The execution is somewhat more amateurish with riffs lacking staying power, and the drumming in particular taking a very straightforward approach instead of adding in detail as it should be in a genre that has been visited and revisited as many times as heavy metal. The female vocals add an interesting touch, and they work especially well on "War Anthem" towards the end where the chants won this reviewer over, at least. That said, they're very much standard fare in heavy metal, and fail to impress at this stage. Whether that's due to the self-financed production or her capabilities remains to be seen, but much work needs to be done in this department nonetheless.

Basically, Steel Inferno need to work on a few things for their next release: the riffs are already decent, but production - old school or not - could be much better. They need an identity as well instead of merely playing heavy metal like their idols just because they liked their "Number Of The Beast" record so much. It's not bad, per se, but given how many heavy metal bands we have in this country, let alone internationally, it needs to be better.


Download: War Anthem, Doomed To Failure
For the fans of: Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Accept, Judas Priest
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Release date 18.01.2014

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