STEEL AGAINST STEEL - Groningen (Groningen, NL) 1987 - 1993 (disbanded)


Groningen is VORTEX and VORTEX is Groningen. But, there are more bands to discover from the city in the north of Holland. One of the best examples is STEEL AGAINST STEEL. The band was formed in 1987 by guitar mastermind Martin de Boer and bassist Peter Hes (Yes indeed, a former VORTEX member!). One year later, the band released their first demo called "Out Of The Tomb". This demo, which contains four tracks, is filled with some great speedy heavy metal with high pitched vocals by vocalist Eric van der Heide. But the one that steals the show is obviously guitarist Martin de Boer with his brilliant YNGWIE MALMSTEEN styled guitar work. In 1989 the band records their second demo, which contains songs in the same style as the first demo. Sadly, in July of 1989 Martin de Boer announces his department from the band to make a solo album under the name of AGARTHA. Without Martin, STEEL AGAINST STEEL record and release their mini LP "From Factory To History" in the end of april 1990. The MLP contains some avarage material and shows a more progressive approach of the band. It was clear the band couldn't reach the same level as their earlier stuff. Because of the avarage release, the band didn't get the recognition they wanted and decided to split up in 1993. Bassist Werner Hoenders (who replaced Peter Hes) and Eddo Pol started a new band at that point, namely WANG DANG SWEET BOOM TANG.

(text conducted by Stefan van Zijl)

Eric van der Heide vocals
Martin de Boer guitar
Eddo Pol guitar
Peter Hes bass (ex-VORTEX)
Harry Brinkman - bass (ex-VORTEX)
Hans Bouman drums
Werner Hoenders - bass

*Out Of The Tomb (Demo 1988)
*Error Medicorum (Demo 1990)
*From Factory To History (MLP 1990)


[Updated: May 22, 2015]