Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal
Inspired by legendary pillars of heavy metal such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, The Scorpions, and Rush, this four-piece is well known for their energetic and electrifying stage presence, as well as intricate musical melodies that bring listeners back to a time when heavy metal was in its prime.
Formed in Surrey, B.C. Canada, in June of 2011, the bands core members were Chris Osterman on guitar and vocals, bassist Leighton Holmes, and drummer Amanda Osterman, joined by Jordan Wright on guitar. This quickly changed, after recording their debut album ‘Curse Of The Voodoo Queen’ Jordan was replaced by guitarist Kenny Kroecher. ‘Curse Of The Voodoo Queen’ was released on Dec 14, 2011, and the band took the opportunity to tour western Canada, along with an appearance on the TV Show, Canada’s Got Talent.
With the debut album receiving little attention, the group decided it was time to record a new album, and by April 26, 2013, ‘Gates Of Eternity’ was released. Garnering some strong reviews coming in around the world, attention was growing, and the band was invited to perform at Germany’s Keep It True XVII festival. This opened up many new avenues for the act to pursue, including some serious time on the road through Canada in 2013, Europe in 2014, followed by a tour in the USA with California’s Night Demon. The band had created some major momentum and Iron Kingdom were spreading their moniker far and wide in support of the first two releases.
On July 30, 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)’ an exclusive live E.P. recorded on a previous tour. The band set out on the road 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 step back from the band to pursue other commitments. Joey Paul then took her place behind the kit.
Life on the road continued, including a massive North American tour in 2016, as well as a tour in Brazil in a supporting slot for former front man of Iron Maiden, Blaze Bayley. After many performances, guitarist Kenny and drummer Joey departed, thus leaving the door open for Chris Sonea, and Megan Merrick, on drums and guitar respectively.
With a new lineup and a new album on its way, Iron Kingdom will once again be ready to take the world by storm and aid in the revival of the mighty and classic sounds of Traditional Heavy Metal.
Bad Ass MERCH!
Corona Virus Quarantined E-mail Interview w/ UnHinged
Who or what first inspired you to get into heavy metal?
I remember when I was super young, I think around 7 years old, my uncle gave me Deep Purple's Machine Head album on CD, I listened to it so much, all I wanted to do was be able to play guitar like Ritchie Blackmore!
How has the tour being cancelled due to the coronavirus impacting you guys?
Well, I think we got a little bit lucky, if you can call it that, our tour was already halfway finished when everything started to fall apart in Europe. Once our festival show cancelled, we immediately contacted all the promoters at whatever shows were still remaining and hoped some may still be on. Not one of the promoters could give us a straight answer, except to come out and play if we still can, so we did, our first show after this point was with Vicious Rumors in Tilburg, NL, the show nearly didn't happen as the Dutch government was starting to cancel events, but somehow we managed to still perform that night. Next we drove all the way to Magdeburg, DE to play what was to be our final show, (and quite possibly one of the final shows in Europe), we arrived at load in, the promoter said everything was still on, so we prepared to perform, we were still on edge, wondering when things would get worse. Only two days later the German government shut down its borders. We nearly got to France, and nearly got home before both Canada and France also shut down their borders. When I stated earlier that we got lucky, its because we did get home, and we performed all our shows except one, many tours were already cancelling, but we had no choice but to wait as we couldn't get a hold of our airline. The show that we missed was one we were very proud and excited for, it was our first headlining performance of a European festival, this being at the 9th annual German Swordbrothers Festival, it was our purpose to go on tour in Europe this time around, and we never got to perform. We had a lot riding on the festival taking place, and there was nothing we could do. Now we're thankfully home, but our government has placed us in a mandatory self quarantine for 14 days, and above all this, some of us may not have work until the middle of June as we have been laid off. All we can do is hope that after these 14 days things start to improve or we may see a collapse of our ideals.
Speaking of touring, I you could tour with anyone, alive or dead…. Who would it be?
I would have loved to tour with Dio, it would've been a dream come true for sure, I think he woulda been a great dude to just sit down and talk with, definitely wish it was possible, but on the bright side at least we still have his music and his legacy.
Who are you currently listening to on your playlist?
I don't really listen to playlists, I put CD's in my car, or play albums on my stereo at home. Recently it's been a lot of HammerFall, Saxon and Savatage, I normally just play what I'm feeling at that time of day, I have a pretty solid collection of CD's and vinyls from over the years and I like to change it up pretty frequently.
Do you have a favorite song off your latest album?
For me, it has become the tune 'Paragon' especially in a live setting, I find it has a wicked energy, and it just gets me stoked.
Any plans for a US tour anytime soon?
Hmm.. well sadly not soon, I think we'd be suicidal to try that right now, but hopefully in the next year or so we can pull something together once all this craziness dies down.
What is something your fans don’t know about you…. If you’re willing to tell them?
We are extremely frugal, its the only way we've been able to afford keeping the band alive and active on all fronts, we nearly act like we're living in a war zone the way we eat and live on tour haha, but it saves us so much money and allows us to keep doing what we love. Hopefully one day we can live a little easier on the road, but for now we do it for the fans and our love of making heavy metal!
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I love sci-fi movies, even horrible ones, ones that I know are absolutely terrible, but I can't stop watching them.. this is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine, haha!