Iron Fist Magazine

BIG TEASER: IRON FIST MAGAZINE MEETS IRON MAGAZINE

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Last week, excited by the turning of the clock from one year to the next (and finally rid of our January hangovers) we previewed a brand new song from Finland’s Hard Action.

Promising that we would keep up the pace with a steady onslaught of new bands keeping us on our toes for 2017, we now present you Hard Action’s fellow countrymen, IRON MAGAZINE.

Now it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why a band with a name like Iron Magazine might prick our ears. But beyond the slightly gushing adoration of a name not unlike our own, we would’ve been slathering over this regardless being that it features Mr Jussi Lehtisalo, the mastermind behind Ektro Records and also Aktor, a band that saw Jussi team up with master of modern metal Professor Chris Black to give us a wildly underrated, AOR-tinged, slightly bonkers, time-travelling heavy metal dream back in 2013.

Equally bonkers, nostalgic and oh so mighty, the brand new ‘Queen Of Hell’ EP is out March 17 via Ektro and features the one-and-only Danko and John Calabrese from Danko Jones along with Jussi and his Circle/Falcon bandmate, Tomi Leppänen.

This is sunglasses-at-night rock, leather jacket sleeves rolled up and lasers set to stun. There are touches of Rush, Alice Cooper, Queen, ’90s Priest, Dio, ‘Straight Between The Eyes’-era Rainbow, REO Speedwagon – basically the contents of our editor’s glove compartment.

At this point we’re so confused by anything Jussi touches, whether it be Circle, Falcon, Aktor or Iron Magazine, but we don’t care. Keep baffling us with this straight-up futuristic metal gold from planets yet discovered.

Teasing soon.. what John Hoyles did next…