Welcome to Shaft of Steel’s official website


Shaft of Steel are a melodic metal band influenced by acts such as Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Rush, Queensrÿche, Edguy, Whitesnake, Gamma Ray and Def Leppard. We combine these influences with our love of classic and contemporary AOR to create something that we believe is truly unique.

We have just released our debut EP, which we worked on with the legend that is Dennis Ward (of Pink Cream 69/Unisonic/Place Vendome fame). This self-titled EP comes with artwork by Felipe Machado Franco, designer for the likes of Blind Guardian, Iced Earth and Rhapsody of Fire.

Click here to order your copy of our EP


What the press are saying

  • “Robert Fenning is one of the best new talents I’ve heard in recent years… They are possibly the best new UK act I’ve heard this year and they deserve your attention.”Rob Evans, AOR Underground
  • “Opening with ‘Drive’ and a huge Scandie kiss of AOR, London’s Shaft of Steel may well become the next in a long line of U.K. Melodic Rock hopefuls… With a history that stretches back to 2004, this self-titled debut shows a huge amount of promise.”Steven Reid, Fireworks Magazine
  • “Shaft of Steel have musicality and style way above what can reasonably be expected of any band on its debut release, and it can’t be long before labels are sniffing around and looking to sign them up.”Marcus Jervis, Powerplay Magazine
  • “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.”The Rockpit
  • “I knew that this was more than just a debut from a new band or some random studio project in some obscure basement. These guys were firing on all cylinders, and managed to pretty much knock my socks off right out of the gate.”Lady Obscure Music Magazine
  • “Keep an eye on this band as they have the talent and songs to gather interest and some live gigs (they support Vega and Newman in November in London) will only help hone their sound.”Jason Ritchie, Get Ready to Rock!