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, Dream Theater, Journey, Rush, Queensrÿche, Peter Gabriel, Whitesnake, Def Leppard and Strangeways. We’ve been compared by journalists to bands such as Serpentine, The Quest, Stryper and Harem Scarem. We truly believe that we’ve crafted out a unique space for ourselves in the melodic rock scene, blurring the boundaries between melodic metal, AOR and progressive rock.

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 buy and comes with artwork by Felipe Machado Franco, designer for the likes of Blind Guardian, Iced Earth and Rhapsody of Fire.

We are currently finishing our debut album, which we hope to release in early 2017.

Click here to buy your copy of our EP

What the press are saying

  • “This band may well be the spiritual successors to Tony Mills-era Shy… The best is doubtless yet to come from Shaft of Steel – they are going to be huge in AOR circles.”Alan Holloway, Classic Rock Presents AOR Magazine
  • “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