Welcome to Shaft of Steel’s official website
Shaft of Steel are a melodic hard rock band influenced by a wide range of acts, including Iron Maiden, Peter Gabriel, Def Leppard and Journey. We’ve been compared by journalists to bands such as Work of Art, Care of Night, Serpentine, Miss Behaviour and Shy. We have carved out a unique space for ourselves in the melodic rock scene, blurring the boundaries between melodic metal, AOR and 80s pop music.
We released our debut EP in 2014, which featured the legend that is Dennis Ward (of Pink Cream 69/Unisonic/Place Vendome fame). This self-titled EP is still available to download and stream on all major digital music services.
Our first full-length album, entitled Steel Heartbeat, was released in February 2020 and it continues to pick up stellar reviews from all the major melodic rock publications and websites.
What the press are saying
“Surely these guys couldn’t live up to their Scandinavian peers, could they? In fact, not only do we witness one of our own taking them on, but at times they surpass many of them. With no duff tracks on show, this is a must-buy!”Dave Crompton, Fireworks Magazine
“With liberal dashes of keyboards, sumptuous, hook-laden choruses and a sound that is tailor-made for today’s AOR connoisseur, Shaft of Steel deserve your attention.”Rob Evans, Powerplay Magazine
“Melodic rock fans will get their money’s worth on “Steel Heartbeat” and can enjoy ten keyboard-heavy and catchy-feeling songs with emotionally clear vocals and great guitar work, which make Shaft of Steel a highlight for me in the last few months.”Jenny Rönnebeck, Rock Hard Magazine
“This is surely close to the best AOR you’ll hear all year and it’s only January as I write these words with confidence. If you love new bands in the genre like Work of Art, these guys are their equal.”The Rockpit
“Shaft of Steel’s debut that has been a long time coming but it’s definitely been worth waiting for. They certainly have the talent and, as the last few years have shown they have the determination to overcome any obstacles in their way.”David Pearce, Rockposer Dot Com