Black Shovel

by Iron Heel

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kitatta great hypnotic stoner-riffs, brutal drums and rebel voice acting combined with deep meaning lyrics - A FUTURE ALL-TIME-FAVOURITE!!! Favorite track: Gravedigger Strike Song.
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IRON HEEL are a 5 Piece Psych/Sludge/Stoner Metal Band from Vienna, Wien, AT

IRON HEEL play a superb mix of Psych/Sludge/Stoner Metal that bands like BARONESS, HIGH ON FIRE, SLEEP have made their own over the years.

They have released their new EP “Black Shovel”. 3 tracks at 15 mins or so.

More of a release statement to the world that another great band to check out has arrived. OK nothing new or original but they do play excellent Stoner/Sludge Metal with a cool Psych vibe. And the vocals are excellent. Ranging from Clean vocals to the expected Hardcore Grunts and Growls.

These guys really do know how to play top-notch Psych/Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs that other bands of the genre would be proud to call their own. Simply sublime how they blend all of the great riffs into one. Interchanging brilliantly all the way through.

All of the tracks are superb. Production is excellent. Every note is played heavy and loud.

Standout track is Gravedigger Strike Song. An excellent Stoner/Sludge Metal riff driving the song through out with excellent heavy pounding drumming as well.

If these guys do release a longer release I will definitely be checking them out. As this is a band with hopefully a bright future a head of them. Superb!!!

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"Iron Heel are an amazing new band from Vienna, Wien, AT. The band uses an awesomely terrifying mix of death howls and clean vocals layered amongst thick as tar riffs and a steady pounding drum beat to tear at your soul. With huge fuzzy guitar tones, immersive grooves and undeniable heaviness, Iron Heel will be imbedded into your skull for years to come. Listen now!"

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Iron Heel is a five piece Psych/Sludge/Stoner Metal Band from Vienna, Wien, Austria and "Black Shovel" is their 2011 release. Three Heavy as Hell songs to knock Your dick in the dirt... Free for the taking as well.


released April 30, 2011


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Iron Heel Wien, Austria

A lonely submarine navigating the black emptiness. A motley crew from vienna bound for the glories of groove. The sonar is scanning the surface: deep frequencies of doom and stonermetal, lyrics that oscillate between occult mysteries and the rebellions of the depressed. The perfect soundtrack for your next hike through the swamp of the mind.
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Track Name: Gravedigger Strike Song
see the bodies build mountains
as the earth turns sour

hear the whisper of plagues
as the dead turn putrid

we refuse
to dig our own graves

we refuse
to bury your remains

block the gates of the graveyard
no one dead gets in

stand as one, shovel in hand
until the living give in

we refuse
to dig our own graves

we refuse
to bury your remains

raise the black shovel
let the pale light guide the way

these pits will stay empty
the grave diggers union will save the day

we refuse
to dig our own graves

we refuse
to bury your remains
Track Name: Witches At War
ground, shield, watch the light take root
through leaves and mist bound to destroy

collective will that shakes the ground
collective strenght that travels with the speed of light

the circle is drawn with brute force of will
to banish destruction as our chant takes flight

you cannot cross the emptiness of oceans
you will not conquer this consecrated grove

we are drawing down the moon
to erase the darkness

we sacrifice our lifes
to corrupt your rotten schemes
Track Name: Spartakus Renfield
Master - you failed me
Liar - you broke the oath

To worship and serve
to take on the curse
you made me feed on flies
to reign at your side

Master - you failed me
Liar - you broke the oath

Your magic is waning
devoid of my trust
you can`t tame what you made me
as empires turn to dust

I cast away the shadows
and let the sunshine in
I wash away the dirt
and let damnation win

Rise up to tear down
This maze of domination