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Bold textSteeler was an early 80s heavy metal band with members Mark Edwards (drums), Rik Fox (bass), backing vocals), Ron Keel (voice, guitars) and Yngwie Malmsteen (lead guitars). A self-titled album was released in 1983 under the Shrapnel Records label (Vinyl: 1007, CD: SH-1007cd).

Bold textTracklist:

Cold Day in Hell

Backseat Driver

No Way Out

Hot on Your Heels


On the Rox

Down to the Wire

Born to Rock


This effort is clearly early 80s screaming metal with Ron Keel fronting. The guitar is entrenched in speed lead, of which Yngwie is the master. There is a flamenco-style intro to "Hot on Your Heels" that develops into an amazing solo. There are some finger tapping segments that outshine any others who have ever attempted it. Yngwie gets to a point at which he breaks down the "tapping" technique into its component form and shows you how simple it really is, but the speed at which he does it is unmatched.

Ron Keel later formed his own project, Keel, with moderate commercial success later in the 80s.

Malmsteen was also lead guitar for the band Alcatrazz, including Graham Bonnett (all vocals), Gary Shea (bass), Jan Uvena (drums) and Jimmmy Waldo (keyboards). They released at least one album under this lineup ("No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll") and a live release, "Live Sentence" as well. Later, Malmsteen formed Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force from which a rich catalog developed.

Alcatrazz released "Disturbing the Peace" in 1985, but Malmsteen had left. The lineup for this release included Steve Vai on guitars and backing vocals. They followed it with "Dangerous Games" in 1986 and a "best of" release two years later.

Steeler never re-assembled, unfortunately. There was clearly some studio chemistry, however Yngwie was destined to break out on his own. His solo project made him legendary with a mystique and overflowing talent that backs it up to this day.

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