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PostSubject: So Steelheart is still around??   Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:28 am

Funny, I was thinking about them and Rage Of Angels yesterday, haven't thought about either band in years. Anyway, they are here with a new release:



Steelheart is the brainchild of Miljenko Matijevic whose powerful voice and multi-octave range is the heart and soul of the band. Today they have announced the release of their new album “Through Worlds Of Stardust” set for September 15th via Frontiers Music Srl.

“I cannot express how excited I am for you all to hear this new album. Our focus was to bring back the magic in the music with songs that have been lived, loved, laughed and struggled. I best describe this album as ‘DEEP, SEXY, LOVING, TWISTED, ROMANTIC, and HUNGRY ROCK’N ROLL.’ The record was recorded throughout parts of the world including a live string section recorded in Stockholm Sweden. I truly hope you enjoy this album as it was created from the heart and no corners were cut. Love you all; we look forward to seeing you on the road,” enthuses Miljenko.

Although they were lumped in with the glut of long-haired hard rock bands emerging in the early ‘90s, the band was always more forward thinking than their peers and the 2017 version of the band has a contemporary and edgy feel, while still retaining the patented powerful vocals of Miljenko. On “Through Worlds Of Stardust”, Miljenko has fused his past, present, and future together, creating an undeniable piece of hard rock music. Certainly fans of the band’s first three classic albums will be happy to hear those powerful pipes back in action, but fans of modern hard rock acts like Halestorm, Shinedown, Alter Bridge, and other melodic minded rock heavyweights will find much here to love.

Steelheart released their self-titled debut album in 1990 and based on the buzz around the hit single “I’ll Never Let You Go” was a smashing success (for example, 33,000 albums were sold in one day in Japan) and quickly reached platinum sales. Steelheart's sophomore album, "Tangled In Reins" was released in 1992 to critical acclaim and rave reviews, but moderate success in terms of sales in the U.S. (by early ‘90s standards) due to the well documented rise of grunge music; however, East Asia was a different story, where the band was widely embraced yet again. In the midst of promotion of the album, a serious accident happened on Halloween night in 1992, when an improperly secured lighting truss hit Matijevic on the back of the head, breaking his nose, cheekbone, jaw, and twisting his spine. Almost impossibly, Matijevic managed to walk off the stage of his own strength before being rushed to a hospital. "Steelheart" as it was known ended that night.

Four years later, Matijevic formed a new version of Steelheart with Kenny Kanowski (guitars), Vincent Mele (bass), and Alex Makarovich (drums) to record and release his third album, "Wait". The album was very different musically from the previous two albums, but featured the song “We All Die Young” (millions of streams and counting on Spotify) which was later included as a re-recorded version in the movie “Rock Star”, which saw Matijevic providing the singing voice for Mark Wahlberg's character. The movie soundtrack was performed by Matijevic (and Jeff Scott Soto) on vocals along with Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne's then guitarist and frontman of Black Label Society), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner), and Jason Bonham.

Now the band once compared to Led Zeppelin by respected metal outlet Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, is back with a sonic tour de force befitting of their stature. Don’t be foolish and dismiss this as just another “band from the ‘80s” as you will miss out on one of the most surprisingly robust and balanced hard rock albums of 2017! Highly recommended for fans of hard rock from then and NOW!

“Through Worlds Of Stardust” Track Listing:
1. Stream Line Savings
2. My Dirty Girl
3. Come Inside
4. My Word
5. You Got Me Twisted
6. Lips Of Rain
7. With Love We Live Again
8. Got Me Running
9. My Freedom
10. I'm So In Love With You

Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Guitars, Ebow Guitars: Miljenko Matijevic

Musicians on the album:
Guitars: Uros Raskovski
Bass: James “Rev” Jones, Sigve Sjursen, Jesse Stern
Drums: Mike Humbert, Randy Cooke
Piano: Daniel Fouché, Ed Roth
Guest guitar solo and part rhythm on My Dirty Girl by Kennet Kanowski

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PostSubject: Re: So Steelheart is still around??   Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:35 am

Eh, that song is kind of bland. I doubt I'd ever get this. Love their debut though.
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PostSubject: Re: So Steelheart is still around??   Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:14 am

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.
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PostSubject: Re: So Steelheart is still around??   Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:02 am

Will anyone care about this? Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: So Steelheart is still around??   Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:05 pm

I bought their last one "Good 2 B Alive" a year or so ago at Goodwill. Let's just say... I should've left it there.

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PostSubject: Re: So Steelheart is still around??   Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:14 pm

I don't mind a song or two off of Good 2 B Alive every now and again. I'd probably give it a 6.5/10 rating. I'll check out the new one at some point but it's not a huge priority.

As for the question in the thread title, Steelheart has been around for the last decade or so in their current form (basically Matijevic solo). They do one-off shows here and there and usually show up on an 80s festival or two every year.

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PostSubject: Re: So Steelheart is still around??   Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:03 pm

glassprison wrote:
I don't mind a song or two off of Good 2 B Alive every now and again. I'd probably give it a 6.5/10 rating. I'll check out the new one at some point but it's not a huge priority.

As for the question in the thread title, Steelheart has been around for the last decade or so in their current form (basically Matijevic solo). They do one-off shows here and there and usually show up on an 80s festival or two every year.


Yeah, I had no idea they were even still a thing.
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PostSubject: Re: So Steelheart is still around??   Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:24 pm

I didn't know they were still around.
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PostSubject: Re: So Steelheart is still around??   Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:13 pm

They are playing at the Loud in Lima festival this weekend. I saw them at Rocklahoma in 2007 and again doing a headlining gig at a small venue in the Chicago area a year or two later. I thought both shows were good, and Matijevic still has a strong voice.

The downside was that they only play about 5 songs total from the first two albums. It is cool to hear some of those "Steel Dragon" songs from the Rockstar film, which Matijevic sang on. "Blood Pollution," "We All Die Young," "Stand Up," etc.
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PostSubject: Re: So Steelheart is still around??   Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:40 am

i will skip for the time being. But i am happy to learn that they are still around.
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PostSubject: Re: So Steelheart is still around??   Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:08 pm

Random observation:



This track came up for me as a "Recommended Video" when I was YouTubin' earlier today. When I saw that thumb nail pic, it looked like dude was having a rough time on the can.

"ARRRRGH! MILENKO NEED FIBER!"

...yeah, that's all I got. I'll show myself out.

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PostSubject: Re: So Steelheart is still around??   Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:50 am

I listened to this album today, and it's actually WAY better than what I was expecting based off of the two songs posted above. The opening two tracks ("Stream Line Savings" and "My Dirty Girl") are monster blues rock tunes that are easily better than anything they've done since the second album. I hope those two pop up on youtube soon.
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