About Steel Inferno - Biography and Members
Steel Inferno is a raging speed metal machinery straight outta Copenhagen!
Steel Inferno was formed in 2012 and has since its formation released three full length albums - “Aesthetics of Decay” in 2016 (Inferno Records/Deadbangers Productions), “…And the Earth Stood Still” in 2020 (Deadbangers Productions) and - Evil Reign - in 2022 (From the Vaults)
The third album - Evil Reign - was crafted after joining forces with new frontman and singer Chris Rostoff in the spring of 2020, just before the world shut down. After signing with From the Vaults at the end of 2021, the band entered Angioni Studios in early 2022 and the result is an album that takes the band in a slightly different direction.
If the band's early material was akin to European metal, like Accept and Judas Priest, it is now closer to some of the earliest US power metal bands, like Helstar, Jag Panzer and maybe even close to Fates Warning at some points - all mixed with our ground influence in the pre-thrash metal bands, like Agent Steel, Savage Grace and early Slayer and Metallica.
Steel Inferno have played shows with bands like Witch Cross, Burning Witches, Tyranex, Cauldron, Ranger, Altar of Oblivion, Iron Fire and at festivals like Muskelrock in Sweden, Metal Meltdown in Germany and Tornvang, Heavy Agger and Metal Magic in Denmark. Check out this list of Steel Inferno's - Past and Future Shows this year we will be featured at Copenhell, with a lot of other cool metal bands.
Steel Inferno released a single version of the new song Succubus, in 2021, which you can find on the Compilation Album Heavy Metal Rock Vol. 1, also released through From the Vaults in march of 2022.
Steel Inferno Members
Steel Inferno Biography
Steel Inferno was established in 2012 by Lars Lyndorff, the band's guitarist and primary songwriter, and drummer Krzysztof Baran, following the dissolution of their former band, Ukrudt. As a child, Lars was inspired by rock bands such as Queen and Europe, and his passion for music was further fueled by Metallica, death metal, and hardcore/punk. Krzysztof, on the other hand, was involved in the post-communist punk underground scene in Poland during his youth. Despite their different backgrounds, the two musicians shared an interest in hardcore music with a crusty edge, which gradually evolved into a desire to play no-nonsense speed/heavy metal with the energy, power, and simplicity of punk and hardcore.
Thierry Zubritovsky was the first member to join the band, having been hanging around the studio for a long time. Thierry has over four decades of experience in hard rock, having stolen his first records from Kiss, Van Halen, and AC/DC in 1979 before relocating to Denmark due to his love for Pretty Maids.
Steel Inferno's first incarnation came to be when Karen Collatz responded to an ad on a music site and became the band's lead vocalist. In a predominantly male-oriented metal world, a female-fronted heavy metal band added a new energy to the scene, resulting in a sound that no other band at the time could match. Patrick Mantzouridis was added as a second guitarist to the lineup, and the band played their first show in early 2014, followed by a cassette and a 7-inch record later that year.
The band's debut album, 'Aesthetics of Decay,' was released on CD in 2016 through Infernö Records, and on MC in 2016 and LP in 2017 through Deadbangers Productions. The album's success led to the band being invited to perform at festivals in Denmark, Sweden, and Germany.
Shortly before the debut album's release, Patrick was replaced by Jens Andersen, a guitarist who, like many others, became interested in playing guitar after listening to Metallica, and was later influenced by bands like Judas Priest, Slayer, Death, and Iron Maiden. On Steel Inferno's second album, '...And the Earth Stood Still,' Jens' impressive guitar solo work can be heard.
Once again the band teamed up with local Copenhagen metal merchant Deadbangers Productions for the release of the album in 2020.
In early 2020, Karen was replaced by Chris Rostoff, who not only brings youthful energy to the band and stage, but also adds a vocally different touch with inspiration from Agent Steel, Liege Lord, Overkill, and Baloff-era Exodus.
Steel Inferno's latest album, 'Evil Reign,' was released on October 21, 2022.