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Black Steel are:
Dave Harrison (Bass)
Matt Williams (Vocals)
Jamie Page (Guitar)
Damien Petrilli (Drums)
Battle Call – (EP) 2000 [MGM Aust)]
Destructor – (LP) 2001 [SteelHeart/Adrenaline)
Relentless Force – Single 2004 (MGM Aust)
Hellhammer – (SteelHeart/ Adrenaline) 2005
Forging the steel
BLACK STEEL were formed in early 2000 in the city of Perth in Western Australia. Comprising members from a pedigree of some of WA's most respected bands - Dave Harrison (ex-ALLEGIANCE), Jamie Page (ex-TRILOGY/BLACK ALICE). BLACK STEEL are purveyors of traditional/power heavy metal music with an emphasis on high caliber musicianship, strong melody, double kick drumming, soaring vocals, big choruses and dual guitar soloing.
Members of BLACK STEEL have toured & played with many of the genres biggest names in previous outfits in their home country. Dave has toured with the likes of PANTERA, SLAYER, ROB HALFORD, MACHINE HEAD, ANTHRAX, SEPULTURA etc..
Jamie’s background includes recording with musicians such as the late COZY POWELL (Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Rainbow, Malmsteen etc) & writing credits for Queen guitarist BRIAN MAY, movie soundtracks & gigs with 80's NWOBHM era musicians Dennis Wilcox (IRON MAIDEN original vocalist) & members of 80's cult metal act ANGEL WITCH & gigs with MOTORHEAD, DEEP PURPLE etc.
Call to arms
BLACK STEEL’s first recorded effort was the 'BATTLE CALL' EP.
The EP created a positive buzz throughout the metal underground, topped a number of independent charts and received airplay on Metal shows throughout the country
Some big breaks were offered to the band in 2001 with the band opening for DEEP PURPLE & also JUDAS PRIEST on their respective Australian tours.
Time marches on
The full length debut BLACK STEEL album 'Destructor' was released in late 2001. The album showcases a continuation of the melodic metal style developed on their Battle Call EP. Featuring a range of diversity encompassing big chorus anthemic metal songs, mid paced rockers to fast double kick screaming heavy metal in the classic tradition of prime era Judas Priest, Iron Maiden & Accept with cutting edge metal production.. Drawing from a wide range of influences & a wealth of experience, attention to detail was the upmost priority in the production & song writing process.
The release of the ‘Destructor’ album ignited a great deal of interest in the band from around the world with positive reviews in many major metal magazines and websites. Tracks from the album have been selected for inclusion in Germanys Heavy Oder Was Magazine Metal Crusade Vol 4 with a distribution of 40 000 copies. Black Steel are also featured on Left Of Centre 2 compilation and Australian National Radio JJJ compilation Full Metal racket Vol 2.
In Oct 2002 Black Steel signed a licensing agreement with Adrenaline Records Steel Heart subsidiary for release across Europe & also CD-Maximum for release in Russian territories.
That Was Then This Is Now
2003 saw the band trimming back to a 4 piece with Jamie Page handling all guitar duties & the band playing on the prestigious Big Day Out Festival headlined by Metallica.
The new Black Steel album "Hellhammer" released November 2005 and distributed worldwide through Adrenaline / Steelheart records.