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Biography


The band has roots back till in the 80s when almost all of the members were already playing in bands that could gather underground acclaim. But not before the foundation of Sacred Steel, they were able to draw larger attention and success. After opening for bands like Blitzkrieg they were signed to Metal Blade Records in April 1997 being the first German band ever to do so. Their debut album 'Reborn In Steel' was released October 1997 and with great press and fan response, Sacred Steel became one of the top German metal acts in a short time, maybe also due to the renaissance of True metal and successes of bands like Hammerfall.


They released two more albums on Metal Blade: 'Wargods Of Metal' in 1998 (produced by Bill Metoyer of Slayer and Helstar fame) and 'Bloodlust'. 'Wargods Of Metal' got them a pre-Grammy nomination for 'Best Heavy Metal Performance' and could all in all broaden success and press response of the debut album. Their third album was 'Bloodlust' in 2000, a concept album that saw the band broaden their stylistic horizon but, of course, staying a committed true metal band to the bone.


They played many festivals in Europe, mostly underground ones but also the renowned Wacken Open Air twice and went on tour with many bands, e.g. Primal Fear and Children Of Bodom.


After signing to Massacre Records they released 'Slaughter Prophecy' in 2002 which again saw the band playing around with a wide variety of influences that revealed the decades-long love of the musicians for all kinds of heavy metal. Some of the new songs even bordered on Doom metal or Death metal. The last album of the original lineup was 'Iron Blessings' that was released with a big bang in October 2004 - that very release show has been turned into a live CD and DVD under the title 'Live Blessings' (released 2006).


After a year-long hiatus J?rg Michael Knittel and Oliver Gro?hans, the two original guitarists, left Sacred Steel to pursue their Death-Metal project My Darkest Hate. Jens Sonnenberg switched from bass guitar to guitar and two new members were quickly brought in: Kai Schindelar on bass guitar, the former guitar tech and roadie Jonas Khalil as additional guitarist.


2006 saw the release of the first album with the new lineup which had been recorded with Sodom producer Harris Johns. 'Hammer Of Destruction' was a 'back to the roots'-album for the band and had very strong songs that reminded of rather archetypical heavy metal bands like early Metallica, Iron Maiden, Jag Panzer, Megadeth or Helstar. It was again a success with fans and media and even spawned a video clip to 'Maniacs Of Speed'


Style & Aesthetic


Sacred Steel can be located somewhere between classic European True metal and heavier Thrash- or Speed-Metal, but also draw lots of influences like Fantasy Metal or Doom metal. They have albeit managed to create a very genuine style from their first album on which is mostly due to the unique and unusual vocal performance of singer Gerrit P. Mutz. Their lyrics deal with typical genre topics like battles (especially visible on the concept album 'Bloodlust') or Heavy Metal in general and never fail to offer an honest and dedicated, yet good humoured stance (e.g. the anthems 'Sacred Steel' and 'Sacred Bloody Steel').


Members


Era
Lineup
Album(s)
1996-2005
Gerrit Mutz ? Vocals
J?rg Michael Knittel ? Guitar
Oliver Gro?ans ? Guitar
Jens Sonnenberg ? Bass
Matthias Straub ? Drums
Reborn In Steel (1997)
Wargods Of Metal (1998)
Bloodlust (2000)
Slaughter Prophecy (2002)
Iron Blessings (2004)
2005-present
Gerrit Mutz ? Vocals
Jonas Khalil ? Guitar
Jens Sonnenberg ? Guitar
Kai Schindelar ? Bass
Matthias Straub ? Drums
Hammer Of Destruction (2006)

Selected discography


Studio albums

1997 - Reborn In Steel


Metal Reigns Supreme
Battle Angel
Trapped In Hell
True Force Of Iron Glory
Reborn In Steel
Purified By Pain
Sword Of The King
In The Mouth Of Madness
Kill The Deceiver
Sacred Steel

1998 - Wargods Of Metal


Blessed By The Gods
Wargods Of Metal
Tonight The Witches Ride
Iron Legions
Carnage Rules The Fields Of Death
Army Of Metalheads
Battle Cry
Dethrone The Tyrant King
By Steel We Rule
Crusaders Of The Metal Blade
Empire Of Steel
Declaration Of War
Heavy Metal To The End

2000 - Bloodlust


Stormhammer
The Oath Of Blood
By The Wrath Of The Unborn
Blood On My Steel
Metal Is War
Journey To The City Of The Dreaming Dead
Sacred Warriors Of Steel
Dark Forces Lead Me To The Brimstone Gate
Master Of Thy Fate
Lust For Blood
Throne Of Metal

2002 - Slaughter Prophecy


The Immortal Curse
Slaughter Prophecy (Vengeance For The Dead)
Sacred Bloody Steel
The Rites Of Sacrifice
Raise The Metal Fist
Pagan Heart
Faces Of The Antichrist
Lay Me To My Grave
Crush The Holy, Save The Damned
Let The Witches Burn
Invocation Of The Nameless Ones

2004 - Iron Blessings


Open Wide The Gate
Your Darkest Saviour
Screams Of The Tortured
At The Sabbat Of The Possessed (The Witches Ride Again)
Beneath The Iron Hand
Anointed By Bloodshed
Victory Of Black Steel
I Am The Conqueror (Come And Worship Me)
Crucified In Heaven
The Chains Of The Nazarene
We Die Fighting

2006 - Live Blessings (Live-2CD+DVD)


Blessed By The Gods (Intro)
Open Wide The Gate
Tonight The Witches Ride
Battle Angel
Faces Of The Antichrist
Victory Of Black Steel
Carnage Rules The Fields Of Death
The Rites Of Sacrifice
Dark Forces Lead Me To The Brimstone Gate
Sword Of The King
Stormhammer
Metal Is War
Master Of Thy Fate
True Force Of Iron Glory
Sacred Bloody Steel
We Die Fightinhg
Blood On My Steel
Heavy Metal To The End
Slaughter Prophecy
Battle Cry
Wargods Of Metal

2006 - Hammer Of Destruction


Hammer Of Destruction
Where Demons Dare To Tread
Maniacs Of Speed
Blood And Thunder
Impaled By Metal
Descent Of A Lost Soul
Black Church
Generally Hostile (Jag Panzer Cover)
Plague Of Terror
Sword And Axes
The Torch Of Sin

2006 - Hammer Of Destruction (Bonus CD)


Pounding Inferno (brand new song)
Children Of The Spirit (brand new song)
Hell Insanity (brand new song)
Unholy Majesty (brand new song)
A Curse Upon Your Name (B-Side from Open Wide The Gate 7")
Iron Blessing (from Split 7" with Wizzard)
Zombie Ritual (Death Coverversion, never officially released)
All For One (Raven Coverversion, brand new recording)
Metal Knights (Nasty Savage Coverversion, brand new recording)
(Empty) Tankard (Tankard Coverversion, brand new recording)

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