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Iron Angel


After leaving their previous band METAL GODS (the name was an obvious tribute to Judas Priest), drummer Mike Matthes and bassist Thorsten Lohmann formed a new band together with guitarists Peter Wittke and Sven Strüven in 1983. All of them were friends and even former schoolmates before the band´s formation. Soon after, the band was auditioning singers and their mutual friend Dirk Schröder was also present, although just to hang out. Because none of these singers was fitting into their idea of how the band should sound like, somebody suggested Dirk to give it a try and to everyone´s suprise he blew all his predecessors out of the water. That was the magic moment, in which IRON ANGEL was born.

While the band began to make a name for themselves in the Hamburg City area, one of their demos made it´s way to the office of the newly found label SPV /Steamhammer in late 1984, culminating in the signing of the band and the release of their debutalbum “HELLISH CROSSFIRE”, which became a blueprint for german speed-metal ever since. The following year, the band toured as opening act for King Diamond, right before releasing their second Album “WINDS OF WAR”, which was slightly different in style copared to it´s predecessor. Though more mature and melodic, the lack of fast songs and sinister atmosphere, that were on dispay on the debut album, was quiet noticeable. The reason for that was the bands own debate about their musical direction: One half wanted to become more apealling to the masses, especially to the american market, while the other ones wanted to keep their own way of playing speed-metal. Tensions grew bigger and bigger until in mid 1986, IRON ANGEL decided to call it quits. Peter joined the Thrash-Metal outfit Roots, while Dirk and Mike later joined J.R. Blackmore´s group Superstition.

At the end of the 90s Peter got in touch with Dirk and Mike again, asking them to come along and jam a little. After a couple of sessions they decided to revive IRON ANGEL. In 2000 they intended to enter the studio to record new material, but before that happened, Peter died in a tragic car accident. The recordings were cancelled and the band remained inactive for the next 4 years. In 2004 Dirk and Mike tried to recruit new members for the band and began working on new material, but even 3 years after, they couldn´t find any new suitable members, so they decided to call it quits again. As a sort of parting gift, they presented the EP “BACK FROM HELL”, which was composed of potential material for what was intended to be their comeback album from the early 2000s. A couple of month after the split Sven Strüven died after overdosing on heroin.

It seemed like IRON ANGEL were dead and gone until that one day, when Didy Mackel (ex-Mania, ex-Not fragile) contacted his buddy from back in the day Dirk Schröder via Facebook, that he just witnessed a lot of people wearing IRON ANGEL shirts during a festival. While chatting, the idea of a reunion came to mind. Dirk wrote Mike about it and Didy brought in the two guitarists Jojo Folta and Mitsch Meyer. Everyone met for the first time in September 2014 and the following month it became official: IRON ANGEL were back.

Word got around pretty fast and the band received offers from promoters and festivals all over the world, but before the band played their first show since the 80s, Mike announced his departure in March 2015, since the touring would interfere too much with his everyday work. After considering Mark Cross as a new drummer first, the band ended up recruiting Alexander “Schrotti” Kokatt as Mike´s successor in April of that year. The line-up that played the first live shows since the 1980s was now complete and together they managed to go on tour through south america and beyond. The following year Jojo Folta left IRON ANGEL and was replaced by Robert Altenbach.

2017 was the year the band finally recorded a new studio album.  Already back in April 2015 the band wrote the first couple of songs for it and right from the get-go it was set to go back to the band´s speed metal roots. Since Schrotti didn´t commit himself enough to the band anymore, IRON ANGEL decided to look for a new drummer and brought in Maximilian Behr in April. Between June and August 2017 they headed off to Rosenquarz Studios in Lübeck to record their highly anticipated next studio album and in late 2017 the band joined forces with scandinavia´s biggest metal record label Mighty Music. On 4th of May 2018 Iron Angel released their first studio album in 32 years, entitled “HELLBOUND”, and toured throughout Europe, North- and South America, as well as Japan, being the headlining band for most of these shows.

Near the end of that cycle, the band had to undergo yet another change of members with Nino Helfrich replacing Mitsch Meyer. The new incarnation wasted no time and created what would become their fourth album “EMERALD EYES”. Recordings took place between October and December 2019 at DaDaSound Studios near Hamburg and the album is set for release in August of 2020.


Maximilian Behr – Drums
Dirk Schröder – Vocals
Didy Mackel – Bass
Robert Altenbach – Guitars
Nino Helfrich – Guitars



Releases on Mighty Music

Hellbound, 2018
Emerald Eyes, coming October 2020


Iron Angel Webshop

David Reece (ex-Accept)

I was searching for a record company that would see my vision as a solo artist so I reached out to Mike Tramp and he suggested I speak with Michael H. Andersen at Mighty Music. Michael teamed me up with the Danish producer and song writing team Marco Angioni and Martin Jepsen Andersen, both from the band Meridian. The collaboration we’re working on is exactly where I want to go musically – and Michael H. Andersen and Mighty Music have given me a home to release my new record and given me 100% support and belief in this new record! The album will be recorded at Death Island Studio in Denmark with Marco Angioni as producer, and is expected to be released in late 2018. Touring for the album will follow” David Reece, January 2018

I know David Reece is so much more, but the “Eat The Heat” record is one of those albums from the late 80s I still play a lot. Listening to that album on my walkman made life a lot easier being a teenager in suburbia, Denmark in the late 80s. Having said that, it is amazing to witness how much on fire David still is today. His vocal skills are still in another league and this man definitely has the energy to make a great new album. Proud to be welcoming you to my home, David” Michael H. Andersen, Mighty Music

Heavy metal vocalist, songwriter and former Accept/Bonfire frontman, David Reece, will be releasing his long awaited new solo album “Resilient Heart” worldwide through Mighty Music in November 2018.

“Resilient Heart” an album rich on full blown melodic heavy metal, will be the follow up album from his latest solo album “Compromise” released in 2013.  

“Resilient Heart” is the perfect album for all fans of heavy metal. It’s a wide album containing all of the greatest elements within heavy rock and melodic metal. Yet with a modern production.

The first single of the album “Anytime At All” is a wonderful heavy rocker with a touch of Coverdale and Whitesnake inspiration. A song with a powerfull riff, and a strong verse leading up to a bombastic sing-a-long chorus, where a song like”Perfect Apocalypse” stands out with it’s progressive Pretty Maids inspirered elements.

On “Resilient Heart” David Reece has teamed up with the Danish musicians Marco Angioni (guitar), Martin J. Andersen (guitar), Malte Frederik Burkert (bass) and Sigurd J. Jensen (drums).

“Resilient Heart” comes with two different tracklist. One for CD/digital and one for the ltd. 500 blood red vinyl edition.

David Reece Highlight Releases 
Accept “Eat the Heat”
Bangalore Choir “On Target”
Reece “Universal Language”
Bangalore Choir – “Metaphor”
Bonfire – “Glorious”
Bonfire – “Pearls”

Marco Mendoza – “Viva La Rock”

Release: 2nd of March 2018


1. Viva La Rock
2. Sue Is On The Run
3. Rocketman
4. Sweetest Emotions
5. Chinatown (feat. Mike Tramp)
6. Burned
7. Love 2 U
8. Leah
9. Hey Baby
10. Let It Flow



Marco Mendoza – Vocals, Bass
Soren Andersen – Guitars, backing vocals
Morten Hellborn – Drums



Marco Mendoza


Known throughout the music world as a talented solid bass player for bands like Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Journey, Ted Nugent and The Dead Daisies to name a few, Marco Mendoza has recorded a body of amazing music in his own right. But when his fourth effort in his own name, “New Direction”, hits the streets in September this year, it will be a very special beast of its own.

Working with world-class producer Soren Andersen, owner of Medley Studios in Copenhagen, dubbed by some as ‘the new Mutt Lange’, the partnership that has already produced the career-defining “Viva La Rock” 2017 album has created in “New Direction” another future masterpiece together.

As it often happens, demanding times produce special opportunities, and writing and recording amidst a pandemic was a trigger for Mendoza’s creativity.

With Andersen himself handling guitars and keyboards as a background for Mendoza’s top-class bass lines and superb vocals, Tommy Gentry (Gun) stepped in for guest guitar solos in selected tracks, while drumming duties were split between Morten Hellborn (Electric Guitars) and Allan Tschicaja (Pretty Maids). A super-team surrounding Marco. But then again, the bassist/vocalist is used to working with the best of the best, and wouldn’t have it any other way in what is clearly the tightest set of songs he has ever recorded in his own name.

“New Direction” is out now on digital, CD and LP (black and turquoise vinyls, each limited to 500 units) via Mighty Music.




Viva La Rock, 2018
New Direction, 2022



SUGARCANE – “Minded for The Radio”

Release: 9th of February 2018

1. Let the Love Begin
2. Forever Tomorrow
3. Speak to Me
4. When the Fire Is Burnin’
5. Minded for The Radio
6. Sing This Song
7. Where the Lovers Go
8. She Don’t Mind
9. Ride the Fate
10. Black Day
11. Where Is My Home

Bjørn Jensen – Vocals / Bass
Søren Rosenkrands – Guitars / Vocals
Jesper Augustenborg – Drums

Mighty Music

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