As the world succumbed to the COVID pandemic and live shows dried up, a brief period of respite saw some socially distanced/limited capacity shows take place in my neck of the woods. One that I attended was at the New Cross Inn in London on the 9th of October 2020.
There, black metal was on the cards in the form of Tableau Mort but before they hit the stage, a band called Slave Steel were up. Blending thrash, death and groove, the London based band made a ton of noise. Enough so that I would go on to remember their name and wonder how I hadn’t heard of this band who existed in the same city I was lived in.
Interestingly enough, Slave Steel actually started in Rome in 2008. Evolving over the many years to be what we see and hear now.
A full-length album (Entanglement) came in 2015, followed by a self-titled EP in 2018 and most recently, the Dream of Decadence EP in 2021.
An EP we described as featuring:
Tight and heavy bursts of riffing, crunchy drums. thick bass lines and heavy, savage vocals.
The major selling point of the EP being the title track, which we absolutely loved. Seriously, it’s easily Slave Steel’s most impressive song to date.
Which alone makes their New Blood show on the Thursday of the festival all the more anticipated. As one of our writers said in our Bloodstock preview video – just play that song five times and he’ll be happy.
Want to see what we’re banging on about? You now what to do but don’t just take our word for it. The band had this to say:
Slave Steel can’t wait to step on the New Blood stage flooding the crowd with a roaring wave of sound. It will be heavy, it will be loud, it will be unmissable.