Today, extreme heavy metal bikers The Gauntlet stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Dark Steel and Fire, at the No Gleaming Light YouTube channel. Set for international release on January 13th via Eternal Death on vinyl LP format, hear The Gauntlet‘s Dark Steel and Fire in its entirety exclusively HERE.
The Gauntlet plays extreme heavy metal. The band was started in 2019 by Ace Meggido, with a first single previewing that year. 2020 would see another single release of “Old Lord,” which would later appear on The Gauntlet’s debut EP, War and Guilt, which saw a limited cassette release through Nihil Verum Nisi Mors Productions.
The Gauntlet’s style is difficult to describe in one word, and certainly is not what you might expect from the cover. The band has been described previously as pounding black metal, rocking death, or more jokingly as “stadium Bathory.”
Simply put, Dark Steel and Fire is extreme heavy metal. The musical synthesis of motorcycles and epic fantasy, this 9-track full-length covers a lot of unexpected ground while maintaining a coherent and consistent form. The Gauntlet takes influence from the past, and the nods to Bathory, Venom, and Celtic Frost are apparent throughout, but has its own distinct American identity.
Don The Gauntlet, fire up the chopper, and ride forth into Dark Steel and Fire!
Tracklisting for The Gauntlet’s Dark Steel and Fire
1. Where Heroes Go To Die [4:51]
2. Beyond the Limits [3:20]
3. The Signal to Attack [4:19]
4. Winds Without Mercy [3:39]
5. Damnation Calls With Haste [4:19]
6. Dark Steel and Fire [5:29]
7. The Final Guard [3:24]
8. Those Who Will Not Return [5:43]
9. Armoured Hearts [5:35]