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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Iron Kingdom issues new post
Traditional heavy metal band Iron Kingdom (Canada) has done a new post about their recent shows in the U.S. Check it out below and if you are new to the band, read their bio below, too.
Thankful for the Ride!
I just want to start off by thanking all of the venue owners and promoters of the last few days. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday can be very hard days to fill when booking a tour and we are all very thankful to them for giving us a room to play and vital support as we try to chase our dream. We have had great fortune to work with some amazing people over the years and the last couple days were no exception. I may be a couple days late on it, but this past weekend was the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday. While it felt weird to not be home and celebrating with family this year, I wanted to take this time to tell everyone we have encountered on the road in the last year, thank you very much for all of your care, support and kind words. None of this would be possible without you!
A very big thanks to our friends at The Kraken Bar in Seattle. They helped us out huge with a last minute booking when our other venue fell through. We had a great time returning and rocking out with everyone who came out. There were some pretty diehard Iron Kingdom fans in attendance and it is always a privilege to play for such passionate people!
Eugene on Monday was a treat. I think all of us would agree in putting Eugene in the highlight reel for our last tour, so we were looking forward to returning. While there wasn’t as great a turnout as last time it was pretty awesome for a Monday night. It was great to catch up with some old friends as well as meet a couple new ones. People in Eugene have been really nothing but warm and welcoming to us every time we come through.
Medford! What can i say about Medford… Our experience last night in Medford was amazing and much needed. We had the pleasure of playing with a great group out of Texas called Urban Pioneers. The line up was an unexpected one. UP plays what they call fast bluegrass, which i think is code for they fucking shred. It was wicked and truly enjoyable but what i dug the most was that everyone that was there to see us supported them and vice versa. There as no division in the crowd or any animosity between two very different styles and musical background and it was refreshing to see everyone just hanging out and listening to music, even if wasn’t the music they would normally listen to. Last night is the kind of mixed bill that I really enjoy. I mean these guys play faster than a lot of the metal bands we’ve played with.
Over and above the great night we had musically another reason Medford stands apart from some other towns we’ve played is the hospitality of Jym Harris. Jym and his wife Lisa open their home to touring musicians and offer a place to sleep as well as an amazing meal! The last time we were in town before last night was about 2 years ago and we still talk about how great the food was! Many many thanks to you, Jym and Lisa! The four of us, and bands like us, appreciate everything you do on top of booking shows. The scene needs more warriors keeping the flame burning and flag flying, so thank you again for the food and the use of the shower!
Come out and rock with us at the Cafe Colonial in Sacramento! This is the second time we have played at this venue, the first being with Night Demon in 2014. Im looking forward to rocking Sacramento again, every time we are in town its a good night. Lets break the attendance record for the last time we played this venue! Come out and bring your friends!
Keep the Faith,
Rising Up From Surrey, B.C. Canada, Iron Kingdom Is Leading the Charge of the Rising New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal Movement .
Inspired by the legendary pillars of Heavy Metal such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Blind Guardian, The Scorpions, and Rush, this four piece machine are bringing back the classic sounds and foundations of 70s and 80s Metal.
Iron Kingdom was formed in 2011 by Chris Osterman, along with Leighton Holmes and former drummer Amanda Osterman. The band is well known for their energetic and electrifying stage presence, as well as intricate musical melodies. The current line up features Chris Osterman - Guitar / Vocals, Leighton Holmes - Bass, Kenny Kroecher – Guitar, Joey Paul – Drums.
Chris brings star power and provides some exhilarating guitar work along with hair splitting multi-octave vocal range. Bass guitarist Leighton Holmes brings a poetically dark lyrical style and oversees the bottom end creating a tight rhythm section with his classic finger style playing.
The band released their debut album 'Curse Of The Voodoo Queen' on December 14, 2011, featuring past members Jordan Wright on rhythm guitar and Amanda Osterman on drums. Jordan Wright left the band, after the albums completion and before its release, and was replaced by Kenny Kroecher in the fall of 2011. Kenny Kroecher adds the excitement of duel lead guitars and intricate guitar rhythm work as an excellent compliment to Chris' guitar style. In 2013 the group entered the studio again to record their 2nd full-length release titled 'Gates of Eternity' released on April 26th 2013.
The four then spent some time on the road, heading through Canada, Western USA, and onward to Europe. The European leg included shows in Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom. The gigs in Germany included a performance at the iconic KEEP IT TRUE XVII festival. Thus creating some major momentum as now Iron Kingdom were spreading their moniker far and wide in support of the first two releases.
On July 30th 2015 Iron Kingdom released not one but two more albums, 'Ride For Glory' their 3rd full length album, as well as 'Unleashed at the Kraken (Live in Seattle)' a live album recorded on a previous tour. The band set out on tour again in support of the two new releases. The tour was unfortunately riddled with many trials, including a vehicle accident that almost killed the band members. Following the tour, Amanda decided to focus on other things in her life and stepped back from the band to pursue other commitments. Leaving the door open for the newest member of the band, drummer Joey Paul. With a solid new line up, Iron Kingdom is ready once again to take the world by storm, and lead the revival of the mighty and classic sounds of Traditional Heavy Metal.
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