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Iron Kingdom


Iron Kingdom
The Blood Of Creation – Out Nov 4th
Self-Release
Release: 4 November 2022

You might be familiar with their band from highly praised 2019 full-length “On The Hunt”, which took the band to new heights with tours across Canada, the USA, and Europe along with topping the Canadian loud radio charts at #5 (Earshot) and garnering such reviews as “Holy Shit! Have you heard Iron Kingdom’s On the Hunt? If you haven’t you are missing out on one of the coolest albums of 2019. 10/10″ (Keeper Magazine),”Classic sound, modern feel” Powerplay Magazine (UK), “a glorious gallop of foot on the monitor, traditional heavy metal that will have NWOBHM fans drooling. 9/10” (Metal Gods TV) and “40 minutes of enjoyable no-frills classic metal.” (Angry Metal Guy).

“The Blood of Creation” continues the reign of classic heavy metal that Iron Kingdom has been presenting over the years to music lovers of the style along with keeping the flame burning for a new generation.

“We wanted to create music in a style of metal that seemed to have been forgotten when we were kids. Since no one else seemed to be doing it, we decided to play metal the way it used to be played in the 70s and 80s. That was the reason for forming Iron Kingdom. Essentially, we wanted to give people an exciting show like an early Iron Maiden, Scorpions, or Saxon show from the 1980s.” recalls Osterman on the beginnings of the band.

Iron Kingdom has come a long way since their 2011 debut “Curse Of The Voodoo Queen” and their next offering is a potent full force of classic shredding heavy metal thunder and will take the fans into some unique fantastic worlds, but will also show a dark side of storytelling.

“I think we started as a bit more of a hard rock band on the first record, taking a progressive metal dive for Gates Of Eternity and Ride For Glory, then for On The Hunt, I’d say we went fully classic metal, leading into this new record being a pretty solid mix of all those styles combined. We also came out of the pandemic, which brought some darker emotions some people may have never experienced previously that I think this album may parallel. In the end though, we want people to get the chance to escape this world for a time and find solace in the music.” adds Osterman.

The new album also sees new drummer Max Friesen (ex-Ophelia Falling) making his recording debut with the band to add another angle to their songwriting for this release. The album was self-produced by Iron Kingdom with mixing done by Andy Boldt and mastering by Greg Reely (Overkill, Fear Factory, 3 Inches of Blood).

Recommended for fans of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, and Saxon.

Track Listing:

  1. Tides Of Desolation – 1:13
  2. Sheathe The Sword – 5:25
  3. Queen Of The Crystal Throne – 4:58
  4. Hunter And Prey – 5:25
  5. Witching Hour – 5:44
  6. In The Grip Of Nightmares – 5:23
  7. Primordial – 1:40
  8. The Blood Of Creation – 13:38

Total Running Length: 43:29

Iron Kingdom – In The Grip Of Nightmares

Iron Kingdom – The Making of The Blood Of Creation Pt1

Iron Kingdom – The Ritual

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Band/Artist location – Vancouver BC
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