Far Left: Leighton Holmes (Bass) | Centre Left: Chris Osterman (Vocals & Guitar) | Centre Right: Megan Merrick (Guitar) | Far Right: Chris Sonea (Drums)
Photo Credit: Benjamin Somobere

IRON KINGDOM New Music Video ‘Road Warriors’ Off Upcoming Album “On The Hunt”

The 80s Live Again With The Traditional Styled Canadian Heavy Metal

“On The Hunt” Out October 4, 2019 – Album Pre-Order Available

North American Tour Begins October!

Inspired by legendary pillars of heavy metal such as Iron MaidenJudas Priest, The Scorpions, and Rush, IRON KINGDOM is well known for their energetic and electrifying stage presence, as well as intricate musical melodies that bring listeners back to a time when the genre was in its prime.

Now they are back with a new album “On the Hunt” due out on October 4, 2019, which is sure to remind people of the glory days of metal. With two new members in the lineup, there are new inspirations and approaches in the music while maintaining the traditional sound. They hope the album is well received by fans: 

“We’re believing fans can expect the new record to be a lot more traditional in style, more accessible with a lot more rocker tunes, lots of catchy melodies and speed metal riffs, shorter songs, more packed with action, as opposed to the previous album with long epic passages. We wanted this record to include lots of great live tunes we can carry in our set for years to come!”

The nine new tracks are fun tunes that translate well into a live setting, which is paramount for IRON KINGDOM who take great pride in their live show. Fans of the classic including Iron MaidenJudas PriestQueensryche, and Helloween will revel in IRON KINGDOM who put a modern spin on traditional heavy metal. 

Teaming up with Bravewords, the Vancouver heavy metallers are excited to share the exclusive premiere of their new music video and second single ‘Road Warriors’ at the following link HERE.

The band adds:

“Road Warriors embodies life on the road, it’s a homage to those who tour often, and at all costs to reach their fans. This song was originally made somewhat from our experience of rolling our tour vehicle back in 2015 in the Rocky Mountains.  We could have easily perished but circumstances allowed us all to survive.  After purchasing a new ride we kept on touring. With a new lineup, a new album, and now a new music video, we can’t wait to take this show on the road, Smell the rubber burn, as we meet our destiny!”

“On The Hunt” is due out October 4, 2019 and available for pre-order via the band’s online store here.

In additional news, the IRON KINGDOM will be be supporting the promotion of “On The Hunt” with a North American tour that will kick off in Vancouver, BC on October 3rd and take the band on a 2-month trek across Canada, the USA and Mexico, ending in Everett, WA on December 1st(dates listed below).

The band comments:“Our upcoming ‘Road Warriors North American Tour 2019’ marks the beginning of a new era for Iron Kingdom, we’re returning to many of our favourite cities across the continent with a new lineup and a new album!  We can’t wait to see our fans and friends and perform ‘On The Hunt’ in a live setting.  It’s due time we make our mark across the land once again!”

IRON KINGDOM – ‘Road Warriors – North American Tour 2019’
Oct 3 – Vancouver, BC – Red Room (Album Release Party)
Oct 10 – Port Alberni, BC – Rainbow Room
Oct 11 – Cumberland, BC – The Waverley
Oct 12 – Nanaimo, BC – The Cambie
Oct 13 – Victoria, BC – Copper Owl
Oct 17 – Seattle, WA – The Highline
Oct 18 – Medford, OR – Bamboo Room
Oct 19 – Sacramento, CA – On The Y
Oct 20 – San Francisco, CA – TBA
Oct 21 – Cupertino, CA – X-Bar
Oct 23 – Apple Valley, CA – Frogee’s Bar
Oct 24 – Anaheim, CA – Doll Hut
Oct 25 – San Diego, CA – Tower Bar
Oct 26 – Tijuana, MEX – Mous Tache
Oct 27 – Downey, Los Angeles, CA – The Epic Lounge
Oct 29 – Albuquerque, NM – The Jam Spot
Oct 30 – Tucson, AZ – House of Bards
Oct 31 – El Paso, TX – B17 Bombers
Nov 1 – San Antonio, TX – The Mix
Nov 2 – Lawton, OK – Railhead Saloon
Nov 3 – Houston, TX – Acadia Bar
Nov 6 – Atlanta, GA – 529
Nov 7 – Raleigh, NC – The Maywood
Nov 8 – Wilmington, DE – Bar XIII
Nov 9 – Charleston, WV – The Empty Glass
Nov 10 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
Nov 12 – Philadelphia, PA – The Tusk
Nov 13 – Queens, NY – Blackthorn 51
Nov 14 – Worcester, MA – Ralph’s Diner
Nov 15 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
Nov 16 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
Nov 17 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
Nov 18, Quebec City, QC – Scanner Bistro
Nov 19 – Ottawa, ON – Dominion Tavern
Nov 20 – Windsor, ON – The Back Stage
Nov 21 – Hamtramck, MI – New Dodge Lounge
Nov 22 – Pekin, IL – Twisted Spoke Saloon
Nov 23 – Madison, WI – The Wisco
Nov 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Club Underground
Nov 26 – Keokuk, IA –  Joystix Rockade (ShiverFest II)
Nov 27 – Denver, CO – Tennyson Tap
Nov 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban
Nov 30 – Portland, OR – High Water Mark
Dec 1 – Everett, WA – Tony V’s Garage

Track Listing:
1. White Wolf
2. Driftin’ Through Time
3. Sign Of The Gods
4. Keep It Steel
5. Raze And Ruin
6. Road Warriors
7. Invaders
8. Paragon
9. The Dream

Album Artwork by Alan Lathwell
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BIO:

Inspired by legendary pillars of heavy metal such as Iron MaidenJudas Priest, The Scorpions, and Rush, Iron Kingdom is well known for their energetic and electrifying stage presence, as well as intricate musical melodies that bring listeners back to a time when the genre was in its prime.

Formed in Surrey, Canada, in June of 2011, Iron Kingdom’s intent was to fill the gap of bands that are heavy, but not extreme, melodic but not mainstream, technical but approachable. ‘Curse Of The Voodoo Queen’ was released on Dec 14, 2011, and the band took the opportunity to tour western Canada, along with an appearance on the CTV Show, Canada’s Got Talent (viewership of 1 million on that episode). With the debut album finishing its cycle, the group decided it was time to record a new album, and by April 26, 2013, ‘Gates Of Eternity’ was released. Garnering strong reviews and attention from around the world, Iron Kingdom was invited to perform at Germany’s Keep It True XVII festival. 

Following this massive milestone, Iron Kingdom set out to pursue as many opportunities as they could spending some serious time on the road through Canada in 2013, Europe in 2014, followed by a tour in the USA with California’s Night Demon. The band had created some major momentum and Iron Kingdom were spreading their moniker far and wide in support of the first two releases.

On July 30, 2015, Iron Kingdom released not one but two more albums, ‘Ride For Glory’, their 3rd full-length album, as well as ‘Unleashed At The Kraken (Live In Seattle)’, an exclusive live E.P. recorded on a previous tour.  The band set out on the road again in support of the two new releases. The tour was unfortunately riddled with many trials, including a vehicle accident that almost killed the band members. Life on the road continued, including a massive North American tour in 2016, as well as a tour in Brazil in a supporting slot for former frontman of Iron MaidenBlaze Bayley

As of 2019, with a new lineup and a new album ‘On The Hunt’ on its way, Iron Kingdom will once again be ready to take the world by storm and aid in the revival of the mighty and classic sounds of Traditional Heavy Metal.

“their latest work is the most refined Iron Kingdom album. One word obligatory item for old heavy school freaks.” – Power Metal Warrior (Poland) (Ride For Glory Review 2015)

“This is a tremendous throwback into the (first) golden age of metal.” – Merchants of Air (Belgium) (Ride For Glory Review 2015)

““Gates Of Eternity” could prove to be one of the most important discoveries in 2013 for U.S. Metal lovers.” – Rock Hard Magazine (Germany) (Gates of Eternity Review  2013)

“Sometimes you just want some glorious old school metal that makes you want to batter a dragon to death. Iron Kingdom are said band and from the opening track, At The Gates, I’m sold. When we reach Crowned In Iron we truly reach old school metal at its finest” – Sound the Charge (Scotland) (Gates of Eternity Review  2013)

“I want an Iron Kingdom/Voodoo Queen Baseball Tee so I can blast this album and try to sing along, banging my head and driving to the stadium in my Trans Am to drink cans of Bud in the parking lot before the Iron Kingdom show! I wish it was the 80’s right now.” –  Metal Titans (Canada) (Curse of the Voodoo Queen Review 2011)

IRON KINGDOM New Music Video ‘Road Warriors’ Off Upcoming Album “On The Hunt”

 

Fans of British comedy, panel shows, Stephen Fry and proving their friends wrong no doubt know the global phenomena that is QI. Turning facts upside-down and defying the public consensus to show us all up as idiots. The people behind the show (aka the QI Elves) have created us this heavy metal factfile so you can impress your mates at the pub tonight.

1. The Big Bang was quieter than a Motörhead concert.

  1. The lead singer of the death metal band Hatebeak is a 27-year-old parrot called Waldo. The band never tours because they’re concerned the decibel levels of live gigs would harm his hearing. He’s not the only non-human extreme music star. Caninus were a pitbull-fronted grind band. Their two lead singer dogs were called Basil and Budgie.
  2. Led Zeppelin performed in Denmark under the name ‘The Nobs’ because Eva von Zeppelin, granddaughter of the inventor of Zeppelin airships, threatened to sue them otherwise for tarnishing the family name.
  3. Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi once blew up Richard Branson’s prize carp. It was in 1983, while at his recording studios, and Iommi launched fireworks into his private lake and accidentally destroyed some of his fish. Iommi described Branson as ‘not happy at all’ about it.
  4. Cats get stressed out when they listen to heavy music. Research published in the Journal Of Feline Medicine And Surgery showed that if you put headphones on a cat and play it AC/DC music, its heart rate and pupil size will increase. (When they’re played classical music, by contrast, cats’ heart rates and pupil sizes decrease).
  5. A ‘mosh pit’ should really be called a ‘mash pit’. The term ‘mosh’ was coined accidentally by the band Bad Brains in about 1980. They meant to yell out on stage ‘mash it – mash down Babylon!’, a reggae inspired term. This was misheard as ‘mosh it’, and the phrase stuck.
  6. In 2007, a Swedish man had his heavy metal addiction classified as a disability, and was given financial benefits and allowed time off work to go to metal gigs. He went to 300 gigs per year.
  7. The term ‘heavy metal’ was coined by Steppenwolf in the song Born To Be Wild – but they weren’t talking about a music genre in the song, they were referring to a motorbike.
  8. The last time Monty Python star Graham Chapman appeared on film before he died was in the music video for the Iron Maiden song Can I Play With Madness.
  9. In a 2014 episode of The Simpsons, Bart wrongly referred to metal band Judas Priest as ‘death metal’. Following outrage from fans, the following episode opened with Bart writing on the blackboard: ‘Judas Priest is not “Death Metal”’.
  10. This Is Spinal Tap is the only film on IMDB to be rated out of 11, not 10.

The QI Elves also debunked three of heavy metal’s biggest myths for us. Just to warp our reality completely.

Myth: Metal musicians do a lot of shouting, but they can’t actually sing.
A recent survey of popular music singers, conducted by VVN Music, found that the two musicians with the greatest vocal range were both metal singers: Corey Taylor (Slipknot) and Mike Patton (Faith No More)

Myth: Ozzy Osbourne intentionally bit the head off a live bat on stage. 
It wasn’t intentional; he thought it was a rubber toy until he bit it, at which point he was distressed to find ‘my mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine.’

Myth: Metal music makes people violent and angry.
A study recently published in the journal Frontiers In Human Neuroscience found that listening to ‘extreme music’ – including heavy metal, emo, punk, screamo and hardcore – calms people down. After listening to extreme music, fans of these genres showed decreased levels of hostility, irritability and stress, and increased levels of inspiration and motivation.

Heavy Metal Music facts from the QI Elves

On this date in history, 9/10/2006, Deer Creek hosted the Family Values Tour, featuring Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Flyleaf, Dir En Grey, 10 Years, Bury Your Dead, Deadsy, Bullets And Octane, and Walls Of Jericho.

Right away, Walls Of Jericho set the bar high, delivering a crushing opening set. Bullets And Octane were more of an old school hard rock band with a little punk spice. I enjoyed their set, too.

Deadsy featured Gregg Allman’s son, but I don’t think the offspring inherited much of the old man’s talent.

Bury Your Dead and 10 Years played good sets, but surprisingly it was the female fronted bands who got the biggest mosh pit action that day.

Walls Of Jericho were unmatched until Flyleaf took the stage, and although their music was nowhere near as fierce, the crowd had grown by their stage time, and the metal masses were hungry for action.

The pits made Flyleaf much more interesting to me than they would have been otherwise. Stone Sour, Deftones, and Korn all delivered killer sets and topped off a great day of sunshine, a little rain, and a lot of rocking!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History

On this date in history, 8/21/1993, I saw Anthrax, White Zombie, and Quicksand at Deer Creek, in Noblesville, IN. Quicksand began the show with a punishing set of their own unique brand of post-hardcore metal. They were touring in support of their debut album, Slip, which went on to influence the likes of Deftones and many others.

White Zombie followed with their patented horror themed insanity. This was my first time to see all the bands on the bill, and from that day forward, anything Rob Zombie has been involved in has had my attention.

Anthrax were in the era when John Bush was their lead singer, and he did a tremendous job. I knew of him from his work with Armored Saint and have always loved his voice. He was a perfect fit for Anthrax, even though Joey Belladonna will always remain their most popular front man.

Bush sounded great on the classic stuff, but had also contributed heavily to one of the best Anthrax tracks of all time, “Only.” For bonus cool points, Anthrax threw in a crushing rendition of “Thieves” by Ministry…pure adrenaline rush!

My son Luke was 8 years old and had discovered the word “mosh” and he kept telling me he was going to mosh. I told him repeatedly that he wouldn’t be doing that, as he was too young and small.  When Anthrax played “Caught In A Mosh” near the beginning of their set, a colossal circle pit materialized in the center of the lawn and Luke ran down onto the walkway between the lawn and the pavilion and looked up at me in wide-eyed intensity and proclaimed “I’m not going in there!” I told him that was a pretty good idea and inwardly smiled a huge smile! Every band killed that night and Luke became a gigantic Rob Zombie fan. Proud papa? You bet!

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History

Motionless-in-White-motionless-in-white-37815829-500-281On this date in history, 8/14/2015, Slipknot, Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine, and Motionless In White combined to play an impressive show at Deer Creek. I had seen each of these bands at least twice, but the teaming up of 4 such diverse bands made for a really enjoyable time.  Motionless In White kicked off the show with youthful energy and the charismatic presence of Chris Motionless, a less menacing version of the goth icon, Marilyn Manson. Whether one labels them metalcore, goth metal, or whatever other metal subgenre one wants to use, Motionless In White write great songs that translate well in big outdoor shows.

 

imagesBullet For My Valentine played the best show I have ever seen them play, doubtless spurred on by what preceded them and mindful of the titans that would follow. They had just released Venom, their 5th album, and it seemed they were fired up to make it successful.

Lamb Of God also had recently released a new album, VII: Sturm und Drang, the latest in a long line of crushing collections of brilliantly constructed mosh inducing mayhem.

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Indeed, as someone who was up in the lawn area, the pits were quite volatile and ferocious, a perfect accompaniment to the precision attack of the Richmond, Virginia maestros.

Few bands could follow Lamb Of God on a good night, but Slipknot are one of them, and follow they did, playing probably the most impressive set I’ve yet to see them play.

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Everything was louder, brighter, simply MORE…a 9 ring circus from Hell…the Iowa based madmen bring the spectacle and I’m quite sure they have done for young metal fans what Kiss did for me in my formative years, which is to say they act as a gateway to so much discovery. One just has to peek behind that door and walk in to a world of music and entertainment.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History

On this date in history, 8/14/2007, Ozzfest made its final stop at Deer Creek. This was the free show that had generated tickets with an online code.  I scored seats on the back row of the center section of the pavilion and they were awesome for both audio and visual enjoyment of the main stage bands. Speaking of bands, this Ozzfest featured Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb Of God, Static-X, Lordi, Black Tide, Hatebreed, Behemoth, DevilDriver, Ankla, Nile, The Showdown, 3 Inches Of Blood, Daath, In This Moment, and Chthonic.

The first band, Chthonic, are from Taipei, Taiwan. They were quite interesting visually and didn’t sound like anything Ive ever heard before. Next up was In This Moment, touring in support of their debut album. Maria Brink was obviously a star in the making, and her vocals have since elevated her band to great success. They played a rock solid set that day.

The next band that I really liked was The Showdown, a more traditional hard rock styled band, but full of attitude and energy just the same. Great vocals and rockin’ tunes gained them some new fans, no doubt about it.

Nile followed with a set of supreme brutality, as the Egyptian themed death metal juggernaut played with crushing precision and confidence, absolutely astonishing technical ability from top to bottom.

I don’t recall much about Ankla, either good or bad, so I’m guessing I must have been distracted or just missed them entirely.

DevilDriver kept the intensity going with their manic metal meltdown providing mosh ready material for their entire set.

The second stage area was a dust bowl that day, and all the really heavy bands had to contend with a continuous white haze of stirred up earth creating a perpetual fog in the air.

I didn’t think it would be possible to be more powerful or heavier than Nile, but somehow Behemoth pulled it off. I can’t even describe how insanely, monstrously METAL their sound was…literally like a seismic, F5 tornado velocity propelling their blackened death metal onslaught.

Hatebreed followed that and suffered somewhat for it. They are always solid, and Jamey Jasta certainly knows how to whip a crowd into a frenzy, but as heavy as Hatebreed is, they couldn’t compete with that performance that proceeded them, in my humble opinion.

All in all, a lot of diversity coupled with some of the heaviest bands ever on the second stage made this final Ozzfest one of the most memorable second stage lineups.

The first band on the main stage was Black Tide, an extremely young band that showed great potential. Nothing exceptional musically, but everyone has to start somewhere, and Ozzfest is a pretty cool place to call a beginning. Lordi were up next, and they were pretty horrible, to be blunt. Borrowing (okay, stealing!) liberally from GWAR, Slipknot, Mushroomhead, and any other band that has ever worn masks, and not bringing anything of musical merit, quickly earned them a hostile reaction from the discerning metal masses.

Static-X set things right with a sizzling performance. Wayne Static led his “evil disco” band through a high energy holocaust of a performance that set the stage for my favorite band of the entire show, the mighty Lamb Of God. LOG crushed all in their path, earning the coveted headliner status and playing directly before Ozzy himself came out and finished the show, and his namesake tour, in grand fashion.

I attended Ozzfest in 10 consecutive years and I have countless memories of those shows. I salute Ozzy for bringing so many great bands on tour and for nurturing so much talent in the heavy metal universe.  Lots of bands that passed through this system became major stars following their association with Ozzfest. That in itself is a pretty amazing legacy.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Date in History