Alberto!! Icy Steel is a pretty new band. So first of all please introduce
yourself and your bandmates to us and let us know when and why you founded
A big greet to you,
Tobi! ICY STEEL are composed by four brothers, and they are: Stefano
Galeano (Guitars and Vocals), Alberto Eretta (Guitar), Alessandro Oggiano
(Drums) and Roberto Ladinetti (Bass).
The band is born from the love of Heavy metal, and we let this love become
reality by creating this band three years ago!!
You just released your self-titled debut album through the German True
Metal label Pure Steel Records. How have you got into contact with them
and what was it, that finally convinced ‘em to offer you a contract?
After we created our
personal space on MySpace and put two of our own tracks online, Volker
Raabe (Pure Steel Records) had contacted us and asked for more infos about
the band and more stuff to hear!!
A big friendship has
been born, and then
the proposal of the record-deal has come!
How is working with the Pure Steel guys alike? Are you satisfied with
the effort they put into the release of “Icy Steel” and the support
they’ve given to your band?
For now the things
have turned out as well as they can, there’s absolute respect from each
parts and this makes the things go from good to even better. Our wish for
now is that the album will have success, for the big effort we did to
realize it and for Pure Steel Record to publicize it.. It would be
I personally have to confess, that the cover and bandname do rather
make me think of another wishywashy Melodic Speed band, than of a crushing
Epic Metal outfit. Do you agree with this or don’t you see any such
problems at all?
We see the name of
the band and the Cover-Artwork totally light-years far away from the
Melodic Speed Metal!! The impact which we were prefixed to have was the
one of the power, the strenght (as the Artwork demonstrates) and the
arrival of something strongly imposing.. direct and not compromised, as
our music is!
In terms of Icy Steel’s music, however, there’s no room for
misconceptions at all!! The band plays heavy and majestic Epic Metal that
crushes the bones of the listener with sheer heavyness!! Which bands and
musicians have been the biggest influence for Icy Steel and how would you
describe your music to somebody who has never listened to your band
Obviously we’ve been
musically born with 80’ Metal, the pure one, the real and incontaminated
one. That has signed us and that’s what we will keep on doing.. because
our hearts and our passion for this genre impose us that!
Our music is not so hard to explane to a fan.. It’s a kind of Heavy Metal
that sinks its roots in the tradiction of 80’ years, with Epic contours
and shadings that embellish all!
We only want to think, in primis, that we’re a Heavy Metal band.
How is so songwriting handled in Icy Steel? Do you have a main
songwriter among your rows or do you share these duties among all four of
you? And what steps have to be taken from the fitst rough scetches to the
We, in the band,
share all the functions.. In our songs, every ICY STEEL member
collaborates on the production of the single track.. One brings up an idea
in our rehearsal room and then the four of us deverlop it, then we record
a demo, where we can see if the song is complete or there’s still space
for an adding…for example a choir, an arpeggios or something more to
complete and finish the song.
Icy Steel’s lyrics and image are all about norsemen, vikings and
northern mythology. For some reason this topic seems to be pretty
interesting for Italian Epic Metal bands, cause we also find these themes
in the work of other Italian epic masters like Doomsword or Wotan. What is
it that makes this topic so fascinating for you? And will it be part of
the concept of Icy Steel until the end, or can you also imagine writing
songs about other topics in the future?
Thanks for your
question, Tobi… That’s a point that we absolutely want to specificate.. it
has been misinterpreted by almost all..
Our lyrics are not entirely about Nordic Mythology (except for “Secret of
Rune” and “I See Steel”). While the others…yes are Epic, but in a
metaphotic way, the metaphors that can be heard on our songs display our
On the other hand, songs like “Corrupted King” and “Pandemonic Ride” are
two united/parallels stories where Honor is the essential point, that
represents a strong ideal for the band!!!
Have you already written any new material? If so, what does it sound
like and in what way will it be different from the stuff on your debut
album “Icy Steel”?
Yep, we already have
new material for our next album, we are proud to tell you a secure thing…
ICY STEEL will follow the way of Heavy Metal.. and that’s is already a
perfect guarantee ;)
What’s the live situation alike for Icy Steel? Do you play a lot of
concerts and attract a lot of headbangers in Italy? Or is rather hard for
a traditional Heavy Metal band like Icy Steel to get gigs in your area?
We would like to play
everywhere, cause of our enthusiasm.. but unfortunately here it’s very
hard (due to a few pubs not adapted to our music genre). And to play out
of the island (Icy Steel are from
-Tobi) you must have the right
contacts… We hope that new possibilities will be opened to us with the
help of the album and our Label, ‘cause you know, for a band doin’
concerts is the maximum!!
Do you also have plans for playing abroad? Maybe the German fans could
bang their heads to your music at one of the future Swordbrothers or Keep
It True fests some day...
We will perform
SWORDBROTHERS FESTIVAL in December 2007, so for all who don’t know us and
for all who already heard our album, this will be a great occasion to see
us at the opera!!
records do you personally listen to the most at the moment? Any
recommendation for our readers?
We always maintain
ourselves on the classics and with the interest also for the Underground
HM, that in these years is always becoming the lifeblood of this genre.
Hmm a council to the readers comes to me discounted…. Listen to ICY STEEL
Thanks for your answers!! Keep up the great Heavy Metal work with Icy
Steel!! If there’s anything else you’d like to say, here’s your chance to
We would like to
greet all who support and love our music… A big HAIL from ICY STEEL to all
and remember… IF IN BATTLE THERE IS NOT A STRONG HAND BETWEEN WARRIORS,
THERE IS NOT AN ARMY ABLE TO WIN!