British Metal band Iron Knights return with a brand new album: new line-up, new sound, new direction.
To begin promoting the forthcoming album which will be released on 5 May, Iron Knights will play 8 shows across the UK in February, with further album tour dates to be announced shortly.
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Although the roots of the band can be traced back to 2008, the real change that has lifted the band to new heights took place at the end of a European support tour with Vicious Rumors in May/June 2013.
From the original Iron Knights, bassist Paul 'Beam' Robbie and drummer Larry Paterson were the sole survivors. Their respective musical journeys have been linked since they formed their first band in New Zealand in 1983: Aftermath. Since then they have appeared in numerous bands, both in New Zealand and the UK where they eventually relocated at separate times over the decades that followed.
Among the various musical adventures that followed, they were both members of UK bands Metalhead and Chokehold, after which Larry spent years with former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley. In 2013, half of the original Iron Knights' had departed, and consequently two highly experienced veterans on the UK Metal world were recruited into the fold.
With the rhythm section in place, the search remained for guitarist and vocalist to bring the Iron Knights to life. Enter Jamie Gibson. Jamie began his musical journey at the age of 13 when he began torturing a guitar, influenced by such legends as Zakk Wylde, 'Dimebag' Darrel, Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.
By the 1990s he had also started to develop a vocal style that took him from guitar to lead vocalist in Possession and then the Iron Maiden tribute Hi-on Maiden (where he was once joined on stage by original Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno). However, following his tenure there he armed himself with a 7-String Ibanez and searched for heavier sounds, forming Koncept for the ensuing ten years as well as appearing the ranks of other Midlands-based bands.
With Jamie handling both guitar and vocals the last piece of the jigsaw was an extra guitarist to thicken the sound. Wayne Mann came aboard to fill in the final piece of the jigsaw.
Iron Knights have toured the length and breadth of the UK, as well as accompanying Vicious Rumors on their European Tour. To open this fresh chapter Iron Knights released a free download of new track 'Destroyer', available exclusively through the official website.
The band's first live appearance was on 14 September 2013 in Andernach, Germany, as part of the Swordbrothers Festival, followed by a support show with Uli Jon Roth and Diamond Head.
Watch a preview of the new album here:
Friday 21st February - The Unicorn, Camden, London
Saturday 22nd February - The Flying Shuttle, Bury
Sunday 23rd February - The Victoria Inn, Derby
Friday 26th February - The Head of Steam, Newcastle
Thursday 27th February - The Venue, Dumfries
Friday 28th February - The Moorings Bar, Aberdeen
Saturday 1st March - Bannerman's, Edinburgh
Sunday 2nd March - Rock Zombie, Dudley
Iron Knights are:
Jamie Gibson - vocals & guitar
Wayne Mann - guitar
Paul 'Beam' Robbie - bass
Larry Paterson - drums
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