SERGEANT STEEL “LOVERS & MANIACS” – GOOD TIMES & CONTAGIOUS HARD ROCK DEBUT FROM AUSTRIA!


SERGEANT STEEL - Yes Virginia, there is some kick ass Hard Rock being imported out of Austria and they are known as… Sergeant Steel. Sergeant Steel has released their debut album of Hard Rock blood, sweat and tears titled – Lovers & Maniacs, back on March 6, 2010. A young and talented band, invigorated to take on the world by Hard Rockin’ storm, while obviously having fun along the way is Sergeant Steel. Just one of their song titles – Taking The World By Storm, gives this fact away quite clearly. This song is a speed driven example of just how Heavy Sergeant Steel can play their Rock, plus showcasing that lead vocalist Phil Vanderkill can hit the high notes, with an influential nod to perhaps the Metal God himself, the legendary Rob Halford.

While Taking The World By Storm may be Lovers & Maniacs fastest, grittiest and Heaviest song, the remaining album is loaded with Hard Rock glory. My favorite song on this album is Hammer Of Love, (see and listen to the music video below!). Hammer Of Love embodies all things great about psyche-you-out Hard Rock, it’s melodic drive is noteworthy and was instantly memorable to my ears. I can hear and feel the contagious enthusiasm that Sergeant Steel has for their music throughout Lovers & Maniacs, especially on Hammer Of Love. If this song alone does not put Sergeant Steel on the Hard Rock map, then Metal be thy name.

Guitarists Jack Power and Chuck Boom give Sergeant Steel a double dose of Old School licks, the leads and solo’s are aplenty and gives this debut album a head turning appeal. On the unforgettable anthem Chasing Love, the dual axe attack stands out and screams Arena style Hard Rock, big and bold, a sound and energy that is what Sergeant Steel is truly all about. Looking For An Angel is a feel-good song that Rocks so damn good, it very well could be bottled up, marketed and sold as an elixir to cure the F’n blues. On Looking For An Angel, the upbeat and spirited lyrics combined with it’s music makes it a Hard Rock hit, complete with a saxophone and backing vocals that really compliments this song’s style and mood.

Lovers & Maniacs shouldn’t become a Hard Rock album catalogued within the “best kept secrets” file of 2010. Instead, Sergeant Steel should be considered a Hard Rock newcomer that has released a can’t miss debut album of catchy songs, that remind me why Rock ‘N’ Roll was meant to be fun and illicit cool vibes. This is not a sound-alike band, your not going to be listening to a copy cat album with Lovers & Maniacs. You will hear, however, influences of Hard Rock’s glorious and time proven sound… which is down right dynamite to me. Sergeant Steel is yet another young band that gives me all the more confidence in our Hard Rock and Heavy Metal future. Let Heavy Music freedom ring!

Sergeant Steel makes it proudly known, (in the CD liner notes), that this is a band that shunned trigger drums and auto-tune programmes. Sergeant Steel, (within the liner notes), reveal their sincerity for the music they created, thus making for an honest album. I can appreciate Sergeant Steel’s Old School approach to recording, their Old School Hard Rock sound is a proven result of this.

Any fan of 1980’s Hard Rock and/or mainstream Heavy Metal should take a liking to Sergeant Steel. Old School isn’t checking out anytime soon and Sergeant Steel have submitted their registration to Rock with Lovers & Maniacs. This is a band that can only get better… and that is an incredible thought for they are a damn decent Hard Rock group now.

* Metal Odyssey gives Sergeant Steel - Lovers & Maniacs 4 out of 5 Metal Fists!

* Check out the music video for Hammer Of Love by clicking on the very cool box below! Just be well advised… one must crank up Hammer Of Love… LOUD!

* For more info on Sergeant Steel, just click on the links below:

SERGEANT STEEL – Official Website

Sergeant Steel – MySpace Music Page

SERGEANT STEEL ARE:

Phil Vanderkill – lead vocals

Jack Power – guitars, backing vocals

Chuck Boom – guitars, backing vocals

Cosy Cox – bass

Kevin King – drums, percussion

Ben Bateman – keyboards, piano

* Lovers & Maniacs produced by Jack Power

* Mastered by the legendary Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Europe, Warrant, Ratt, Winger & more!)

Track Listing For Lovers & Maniacs:

Hammer Of Love

Chasing Love

Looking For An Angel

Still In Love

Taking The World By Storm

Seizin’ The Crown

Love Hurtz

High On Life

Miss U Tonite

Nuts Of Steel

Go Get ‘Em Sergeant Steel!

Stone.

6 Responses to “SERGEANT STEEL “LOVERS & MANIACS” – GOOD TIMES & CONTAGIOUS HARD ROCK DEBUT FROM AUSTRIA!”

  1. Nice find Stone!!

    • metalodyssey Says:

      Thanks Rockitt… actually, Kinger over at Demolish Fanzine – 1980’s Heavy Metal Revival referred this band to me. They have a hot song there with Hammer Of Love and an excellent debut album… in my Metal opinion.

  2. I have this one too, but have not listened to it yet.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      This album is commercially accessible, all the while I really feel Sergeant Steel has created their own sound/identity. It’s a solid piece of work and with some more seasoning, they are gonna be even better. Retro/Old School and a good time/fun spirit you’ll hear.

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