Strider - Dominion of Steel (True Metal from Finland)
Please describe the new album musically and lyrically?
It's a blast to the senses! Musically it's a bow to all our favourites
from 80s metal while lyrically it's a true metal feast.
If you had to choose one artist (I know this is hard) but if we had
to say "recommended for fans of XXXX" who would that be?
It's not hard at all, because there can be only one: Manowar.
What was the goal with making this album?
We tried to create an album full of songs that best encapsulate the spirit
of Strider – traditional, true heavy metal with memorable melodies and great riffs.
How long did it take to make this album?
Well, the first tracks were written over ten years ago, because we really took our time finding the right line-up to recreate these compositions in
a live and studio environment, but once we found the right guys it didn't take a long time at all.
A guide to Dominion opf Steel:
Strike of the Strider:
The opener starts out with a very Running Wild-esque guitar riff that I really like. The song also has a strong chorus and guitar solo. This was one of the first songs to materialise for Strider and I think it set us on the right course from the very start!
Break the Chains:
Break the Chains has it all: a great lead guitar melody, a catchy chorus and a bass solo followed by a nice and fast neoclassical lead guitar run. Lyrically it's about the indisputable fact that heavy metal is stronger then any religion.
Throne of Metal:
This song is an all-out rocker and has a strong hard rock riff in its heart. Somebody told me it sounds a bit like AC/DC. If it does, all the better. What do you think?
We Are Strider:
This was part of the first batch of songs we ever wrote, along with Strike of the Strider and Ballad of the Baltic Sea. It is the perfect mid-tempo Strider hit song with a chorus that'll stay in your head for weeks followed by a blistering guitar solo by Ville. Definitely one of the strongest songs on the album and one we'll certainly play on every gig! The lyrics are about the state of the music industry nowadays and about how we're going to keep doing our own thing no matter what the current fashion may be. Be sure to check out the music video!
Ballad of the Baltic Sea:
Have you ever been on a cruise ship from Finland to Sweden? If you have, you know those trips can be tough, and this song describes one such heroic journey. With its crushing main riff, I'd say it's the heaviest song on the album and thus a worthy closer for side A.
Elite of Steel:
Elite of the Steel has got to be my personal favourite on the album! Those mercilessly galloping drums, bass and rhythm guitars set the stage for a post-apocalyptic horror story about humanity's last stand against a horde of evil horse mutants. What could be better? Awesome lyrics and vocal delivery by our lead singer Niko. Watch the music video if you want to see some horse mutants in action!
Let Your Blade Shine:
A very melodic cut that is reaching deeper into the power metal genre than most of the other songs by Strider. The chorus, too, is more beautiful and melancholic then the rest of the album.
Stride, Stride, Stride:
Back to basics in this one! A pounding main riff and chorus leading the way to an Iron Maiden-ish interlude and very cool short solo by Ville. The lyrics deal with leaving your boring job and stressful life for a nice little stroll in the wild.
Dominion of Steel:
The main theme here is very catchy and the twin guitar melody the icing on the cake. We didn't make this the title track for nothing, since the lyrics are the very creation myth of heavy metal. The music video, in turn, shows how the band Strider came about. After all, we ”worship Metal with unrelenting zeal”, like it says in the lyrics.
Prevail and Conquer: The album closes with Prevail and Conquer, which is the only song we used acoustic guitars on. Our singer Niko wrote the song and played the acoustic on it. The chorus with its ”Kill!” chants is our way of paying homage to Battle Hymn by Manowar.
What have the different musicians contributed to the result?
Let's see - I wrote six tracks, Niko came up with three tracks and Ville wrote one very good one in ”Break the Chains”. The whole band took part in the arrangement of the songs.
"Dominion of Steel"
1. Strike of the Strider
2. Break the Chains
3. Throne of Metal
4. We Are Strider
5. Ballad of the Baltic Sea
6. The Elite of Steel
7. Let Your Blade Shine
8. Stride, Stride, Stride
9. Dominion of Steel
10. Prevail and Conquer
AVAILABLE ON CD as well as IN DIGITAL FORMATS FROM ITUNES, APPLE MUSIC, AMAZON, SPOTIFY ETC.
Relese date: 29th November 2019
Production and recording credits: Drums, bass and guitars recorded at Steel Studios by Jukka Mursu, Ville Kajava and Eemeli Ojanen. Vocals recorded at Brewery Studios by Harri Koskela. Mixed at Scandal Recording by Kari ”Huikka” Huikuri Mastered for MC, LP, CD and digital format by Esa Orjatsalo .
Strider will release their debut single and video "We are Strider" now on Friday November 01st!
Tuska E. - drums
Mardewar - bass
Niko Kristian – vocals and acoustic guitar
Ville – guitar Eemeli - guitar