Iron Fist Magazine

ISSUE 22 – DON’T CAST YOUR SPELL ON ME

Who knows how many hours that have been wasted arguing over our favourite heavy metal bands?

At gigs, in teenage bedrooms, down the pub – and now online – tempers have frayed, voices have been raised and eyeballs have rolled over matters that the majority of the population might foolishly consider trivial.

Yet one fact cannot be denied, and this is that Black Sabbath are the most important heavy metal band of all time. For this reason, Iron Fist are delighted to welcome the Brum beserkers to the cover of Issue No. 22.

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He’s watched the dogs of war enjoying their feast. He’s seen the Western world go down in the East. In fact, Bill Ward has doubtless seen countless things in the last half-century that would send the vast majority of Sabs heads spinning in a manner to shame Linda Blair. Yet he’s still standing, and here his disarmingly self-effacing legend regales Chris Chantler with the tale of his life as an architect of the unhallowed, dealing with everything from his discomfort with hit singles to the trials of Geezer Butler as a vegan on tour in the ‘70s.

Yet the unstoppable global metal machine rolls … Read More

Remembering Mark “The Shark” Shelton 1957 – 2018

What follows is Chris Chantler’s look at the life of a man who embodied the meaning of the word “underground”; Manilla Road mastermind Mark Shelton – who sadly passed away following a triumphant performance at Headbangers Open Air last Thursday 26th July.  Before we dive into it, please check out the gofundme campaign launched to cover the expenses required to repatriate Mark’s body to the US and cover hospital / mortuary bills in Germany.  

“I always thought that my music could be related to by others but I was never sure if it would amount to anything. I always had the dream and I guess I’m proof that sometimes dreams do come true. But it appears this only happens when you really work hard at it and don’t give up.” – Mark Shelton, Metal Brothers webzine, 2017

Mark Shelton was entranced and consumed by music from the earliest age. His mother was Professor of Music at Friends University in the Sheltons’ hometown Wichita, Kansas, and she ensured that the fledgling Shark was learning piano from the age of four. At school Mark played trumpet and baritone and sang in choirs before playing drums in jazz band The Herd, but he finally picked up an … Read More

Phil Pendergast of Khemmis: A nice big thick slice of Thin Lizzy

Denver based four-piece KHEMMIS are set to guide us into their captivating world of heavy metal and crushing doom with their third studio album, Desolation released today.

Here guitarist / vocalist Phil Pendergast takes us through the vinyl back catalogue of one of his favourite bands and offers his appraisal of Thin Lizzy.

‘Desolation’ is released today via 20 Buck Spin (North America) and Nuclear Blast (Europe)

ANGEL WITCH: Gorgons, Grocers & Grenfell – Iron Fist talks to Kevin Heybourne

Recording in bedrooms and underneath grocery stores, ANGEL WITCH leader KEVIN HEYBOURNE recalls the creation of what has been released on vinyl as the ‘Seventies Tapes’. In this abridged version of the feature from issue 21, IRON FIST’s KEVIN STEWART is all ears.

Original member, guitarist/vocalist Kevin Heybourne has guided Angel Witch through disbandings and hiatuses, continuing on to this day, emerging as popular as ever with underground bangers. With that popularity comes a further thirst for both new material and gems from the past. 2012’s ‘As Above, So Below’ album satisfied the former, while the recent issuing of ‘Seventies Tapes’ – originally digitally via Bandcamp last year followed by a more recent vinyl release – satiates the latter. As the title hints, it’s a collection of recordings from a specific era. What makes it special is that the content hails from various sources chronicling the band’s woodshopping and demonstrates the dedication required in the days before ProTools and home recording rigs. Iron Fist caught up with Kevin to discuss moving forward, giving back and why parents should never throw away their kid’s stuff.

What was the impetus for the release of the demo material?

“They have been released … Read More

Issue 21 – Like A Battering Ram

Strange as it may sound to some, at Iron Fist we don’t consider ourselves a retro magazine, exactly as we don’t consider Heavy Metal a thing of the past, more a timeless force. Therefore it’s something of a delight to unveil a new issue – a staggering thirty-six pages fuller and printed on a much heavier, more tactile paper-stock – that does more than ever before to unite past, present and future into one everlasting continuum of steel.

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Who better then for the cover, indeed, than modern Metal’s most towering progenitors, the mighty Judas Priest. Currently traversing the globe on a tour that takes them across the States, to Bloodstock and beyond, this titanic troupe’s storied career is covered in depth in a chat between Dom Lawson and Rob Halford, from the 40th Anniversary of Sin After Sin to the ripping new album Firepower, and all points in between on the eternal heavy metal highway.

We’ll also be taking you all the way back to the big bang, courtesy of an illustrious new addition to our writing team. Electric Wizard’s Jus Oborn waxes lyrical here in passionate fashion, and in the first of a regular series on his essential touchstone … Read More

Spiral Skies premier ”Danse Macabre”

Swedish quintet Spiral Skies are set to release their long-awaited debut, full-length album, ‘Blues For A Dying Planet’, on May 18th via the German imprint AOP Records.

With influences ranging over decades, Spiral Skies has created a sound that can most easily be described as “Rock from another planet.” A unique blend of folk, doom and 70’s inspired rock music. The band has been compared to band such as Jefferson Airplane, Curved Air and as well as more modern outfits grouped under the Occult Rock tag.

Check out “Danse Macabre” here

 

ELECTRIC WIZARD “Strum open E, wow, that’s heavy. What are you going to do next then?”

Evolving with every release, ELECTRIC WIZARD have created another mind-scrambling epic in the guise of ninth opus ‘Wizard Bloody Wizard’. JIM MARTIN talks to frontman JUS OBORN about its creation, celebrating the roots of heavy metal, taking control of his musical destiny and the quest for the ultimate rock ‘n‘ roll excess for Iron Fist issue 20 January 16th, 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Blue Cheer’s ‘Vincebus Eruptum’, arguably the first bona fide heavy metal album of ‘em all. Moreover, somewhere in the subconscious of every metalhead – amidst the destroyed braincells and reckless pandemonium they’ve experienced in the last half-century, lurks a certain sense of this genre’s own big bang – that period from 1968 to 1973 wherein the ‘60s bled into the ‘70s, the idealistic dreams of the hippy generation began to curdle amidst violence and bloodshed from Vietnam, Altamont and the Manson family alike, and horror both real-life and imagined began to influence a feverish lurch into overdrive and dementia – reaching its apotheosis naturally with the first Black Sabbath album in 1970, amidst psychic shockwaves which still resonate well into the next century. “I don’t think there was very much of a template for what heavy music … Read More

CIRITH UNGOL “We’re still children of the devil”

After 25 years, California metal masters CIRITH UNGOL have hauled their undead corpses from an untimely grave. IRON Fist scribe J. BENNETT spoke with drummer and co-founder Rob Garven about life, death and resurrection.

Originally printed in Iron Fist Issue 19

It’s a Tuesday evening in late August, and Cirith Ungol are sweating their balls off in a Ventura, California practice space. “Some previous band blew up the air conditioner so when we come in here at night it’s like 100 degrees,” drummer Rob Garven explains. “We were gonna fix it but it’s like $10,000, so we bought a fan instead.”

A few weeks after we speak with Rob, Cirith Ungol will play their first show in 25 years when they headline the Frost and Fire Festival, a weekend-long metal extravaganza in Ventura that will also feature appearances from elder statesmen Grim Reaper, Omen and Ashbury alongside young guns Midnight, Visigoth and Night Demon. For Rob and his bandmates — vocalist Tim Baker, guitarist Greg Lindstrom and guitarist Jim Barraza (with Night Demon main man and festival organizer Jarvis Leatherby filling in on bass) — it’s pure vindication for a career plagued with label calamities, poor timing and bad luck. The band slugged … Read More

ISSUE 20 – BLACK MAGIC RITUALS & PERVERSIONS

Heavy Metal is our religion and as the season of goodwill is truly upon us, we bring you Iron Fist Issue 20 in its full glory!

“I don’t want people to chin stroke, I want people to lose it!” Doom veterans Electric Wizard grace our cover and their leader Jus Oborn talks to Jim Martin about the creation of their epic opus ‘Wizard Bloody Wizard’ and what it means to play doom in 2017.

To commemorate it’s 30th anniversary, Tom G. Warrior looks back at the creation of ‘Into The Pandemonium’, still one of the most forward-thinking and adventurous albums to birth from the fertile spawning ground of 1980’s heavy metal. More importantly though, Tom also talked to us in order to pay his respects in a tribute to the passing of Martin Ain. Elsewhere Messrs Oliver & Dawson spread their wings again to talk about the early days of Saxon and the heavy metal crusades of yesteryear; we get the beers in with Tankard who simply cannot remember the old days, and talk to Steve Ramsey about the formative years of UK folk metal legends Skyclad.

“What was it like having Tony Iommi as your manager?” Frank Hall from riff-lords Necromandus reveals all, and … Read More

ISSUE 19 – WHERE THE ACTION IS

Heavy metal will never die and because of this – neither will IRON FIST (although we almost did)

From the depths of hellfire and brimstone, Iron Fist 19 is finally out – only print is real and only Iron Fist can give you the best in all classic, and brand new, heavy metal thunder!​ This issue’s cover star is one of Sweden’s most prolific and long-standing characters, Nicke Andersson.

We discuss all aspects of Nicke’s career, leaving no stone unturned. From his early memories of what kickstarted his love of music, Nicke talks frankly about the revitalised Entombed and just why he felt he needed to go back to his death metal roots; the Hellacopters; and of course his latest band Imperial State Electric. To coincide, we also have a killer chat with celebrated artist Dan Seagrave about his own career as one of metal’s most renowned and distinguished artists. Dan of course worked on Entombed’s ‘Clandestine’ masterpiece and has also reworked the artwork for the year 2017. See both of these pieces in their full glory inside Iron Fist – side by side, just as Dan himself requested, to enjoy the visual experience even more. Issue 19 features brand new and in-depth interviews with … Read More