Iron Angel

Live Act Oldschool Metal Heavy Metal Thrash Metal Power Metal
Iron Angel - Oldschool Metal Heavy Metal Thrash Metal Power Metal Live Act in Hamburg

Iron Angel Short Info

1980. NWOBHM echoes could be heard throughout the whole world and bands like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Def Leppard and Judas Priest made England the Heavy Metal Mecca. But not only in the UK Metal was becoming a youth phenomenon. At the same time, five young German boys got together to play the same kind of music their english heroes played. They didn´t take themselves very seriously and just wanded to play their mix of Kiss, Motörhead and Judas Priest in schools around their hometown. Their band was called Metal Gods, a clear hommage to Judas Priest. Later the band was renamed
into IRON ANGEL...
At that time, there weren´t many German Hard Rock / Heavy Metal acts. Scorpions, featuring the Schenker brothers, had some success with their melodic rock and Accept followed a more traditional english style, with Udo Dirkschneider´s unusual vocals as a trademark. However, there was a brand new underground scene willing to breakthrough and show the world a new style, heavier but still influenced by all those classic bands. Everywhere in the world, new bands started popping up, each one adding a new feature to Heavy Metal. Some of these (such as the swedish Bathory and the swiss Hellhammer) followed the steps of the english Venom, a band that became a reference regarding extreme and Satanic metal. Soon, new bands that differed a lot fom the english sound and look started arising in Germany. Running Wild and their unusual lyrics, Avenger, who would soon become Rage, and the ultra fast and melodic Helloween were some of those new German bands. All of them had something in common, and they were pretty different from the traditional english bands, so the term Power Metal started being used to describe their sound.
Unfortunately, WINDS OF WAR was heavily criticized upon its release. However, anyone listening to the album nowadays can see how inappropriate this criticism was. It´s a lesson in metal and shows a natural progression to the sound portrayed on HELLISH CROSSFIRE, having tracks like METALSTORM, STRONGER THAN STEEL and SEA OF FLAMES as outstanding highlights. However, the changes in both the band´s sound and lyrics made the members start having different opinions about the band´s future. Some wanted to keep the HELLISH CROSSFIRE sound, while the others intended to change even more, adopting a more Glam / Hard Rock oriented style, so that they could reach the American market. Due to these huge differences, the band broke up shortly after the release of the second album. After the band´s break up, each member followed their own path. Some continued playing with other unknown local bands, while others retired completely from the musical scene. Drummer Mike Matthes and vocalist Dirk Schroeder even got some recognition playing in Jurgen Blackmore´s band Superstition/J.R. Blackmore Group, whitch featured Ritchie Blackmore´s (DEEP PURPLE) son.
After almost 15 years away from the scene, the band got together and started recording a new album, to be called THE REBIRTH, in 2000. Unfortunately, Peter Wittke died in a car accident, putting off these plans. After this, in 2004 the band released two live-albums with old live-recordings from a german tour with King Diamond, called THE TAPES, and a limited (BLACK) edition album, called RUSH OF POWER. IRON ANGEL could have become a heavy metal legend, but unfortunately they didn´t get the recognition they deserved, becoming a cult band as the years passed.

1980. NWOBHM echoes could be heard throughout the whole world and bands like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Def Leppard and Judas Priest made England the Heavy Metal Mecca. But not only in the UK Metal was becoming a youth phenomenon. At the same time, five young German boys got together to play the same kind of music their english heroes played. They didn´t take themselves very seriously and just wanded to play their mix of Kiss, Motörhead and Judas Priest in schools around their hometown. Their band was called Metal Gods, a clear hommage to Judas Priest. Later the band was renamed
into IRON ANGEL...
At that time, there weren´t many German Hard Ro...

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Past Gigs Iron Angel

  • 10 | 2016 Oldenburg/Germany Iron Angel & the Hateful Three
  • 10 | 2016 Ypern/Belgium Benefitz- Devils Rock for an Angel
  • 09 | 2016 P60 Amstelveen/Niederlande Heavy Metal Maniac
  • 09 | 2016 Püchersreuth/Germany Storm Crusher Festival
  • 09 | 2016 Hamburg/Germany Tipsy Apes
  • 08 | 2016 Fofhino Bar-Sao Paulo/Brazil Show Extra - Iron Angel - Tour South America 2015
  • 08 | 2016 Salvador/Brazil Iron Angel - Tour South America 2015
  • 07 | 2016 Fredericia/Denmark Metal Magic
  • 05 | 2016 Sofia/Bulgaria Running Free Festival
  • 04 | 2016 Weilrod/Germany Taunus Metal Festival
  • 03 | 2016 Neustadt a.d.O./Germany Raging Death Date
  • 02 | 2016 Murcia/Spain Heavy Metal Soldiers
  • 11 | 2015 Hamburg Iron Angel for Friends
  • 10 | 2015 Brecia/Italy Play it Loud
  • 09 | 2015 Torelljes/France Pyrenean Warriors Open Air France
  • 09 | 2015 Dittigheim/Germany Harder than Steel
  • 08 | 2015 King Club-Sao Paulo/Brazil Guaru Metal Fest-Tour South America 2015
  • 08 | 2015 Fortaleza/Brazil UMF Iron Angel -Tour South America 2015
  • 08 | 2015 Kmazu-Santiago de Chile Metal Forces Iron Angel
  • 08 | 2015 Recife/Brazil Iron Angel - Tour South America 2015
  • 07 | 2015 Warehouse Hamburg Warmup-Show HOA
  • 07 | 2015 Brande-Hörnerkirchen Headbangers Open Air
  • 05 | 2015 JZ-Stricker Bielefeld Speed Metal Crossover

Discography Iron Angel

  • 20132015 Re-Release Winds of War Album | HHR
  • 20132015 Re-Release Hellish Crossfire Album | HHR
  • 2016 Legions of Evil - early years Album | High Roller Rec
  • 2016 Re-Release Hellish Crossfire Album | High Roller Rec
  • 2016 Re-Release Winds of War Album | High Roller Rec
  • 2005 Re-Release Winds of War Album | Painkiller
  • 2005 Re-Release Hellish Crossfire Album | Painkiller
  • 2004 The Tapes Album | Painkiller
  • 1986 Winds of War Album | Steamhammer/SPV
  • 1985 Hellish Crossfire Album | Steamhammer/SPV

Media

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6,100 Fans

Origin

  • Hamburg DE

Founded

  • 1980

Members

  • Dirk Schröder Vocals
  • Didy Mackel Bass
  • Mitsch Meyer Guitars
  • Robert Altenbach Guitars
  • Schrotti Drums

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