THE EVOLUTION OF COLDSTEEL
COLDSTEEL was founded in 1986 by Dom Mincieli of Franklin Square, NY’s metal quartet KRONIN. As originally conceived COLDSTEEL performed cover hits from such popular metal acts as Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth and Overkill. The band gained quick respect, especially given the lack of any other local talent able to perform songs in this genre. COLDSTEEL’s initial lineup included Dom Mincieli (Drums), Sam Ferrara (Guitars), Joe Catanese (Guitars), and Greg Hock (Bass/Lead Vocals).
Since its formation, the composition and intent of COLDSTEEL has evolved. In late summer 1987, Greg Hock and Joe Catanese left to pursue other interests. Soon thereafter Adam Rosen (Bass), Troy Norr (Lead Vocals) and Ave Casas (Guitar) joined and collaborated on COLDSTEEL’s first original song “Dead by Dawn.” Enthusiastic reception of the song’s live debut performance clearly demonstrated the demand for more original material! With the subsequent departure of Adam Rosen, Rick Lopez came in to assist writing new original songs including “Smashed!,” and what would become COLDSTEEL’s signature anthem “Crackdown.” Riding a wave of popular zeal, the band started work on their first demo, but before its release Sam Ferrara left and was replaced by Joe Shavel.
COLDSTEEL recorded their premier four-track demo, “Dead by Dawn,” in 1988 at Monkey Hill Studios in College Point, NY, and solicited it to various record labels in hopes of landing a record deal. On the strength of just four tracks, a rep from Metal Blade Records requested two additional songs. “Scarred for Life” and “Madness Overthrown” were subsequently written, recorded, mixed and mastered in record time. However, after resubmission the rep had left the firm and the deal evaporated. Rick Lopez left the band to pursue other interests and charter member Greg Hock returned.
Undaunted, COLDSTEEL forged ahead and released the now four-track professionally packaged “Dead by Dawn” demo in summer 1989. Tragically, days after receiving the first shipment of DBD cassettes, founding member Dom Mincieli died in an auto accident on June 30, 1989. With the urging of friends and family, the fledgling band decided to persevere and continue Dom’s metal legacy.
On the heels of “Dead By Dawn,” the band brought in Rob Napalitano (drums) in 1989, and soon embarked on creating more original material. COLDSTEEL’s second official demo, “Perfect Peace,” was recorded at Speed of Sound Studios in Franklin Square, NY. Rob Napalitano left COLDSTEEL in 1991, to be replaced by Fred Matzelle. Years of hard work and creativity paid off when German record label Turbo Music signed the band to record their first full length album. “Freakboy” was recorded at Minot Sound Studios in White Plains, NY. Shortly thereafter Fred Matzelle was replaced by Hal Aponte. To publicize its debut album, the band prepared for a small European tour in 1992. Unfortunately, Turbo Music closed up shop and the tour was cancelled. “Freakboy” was subsequently distributed by Relativity Records in the United States under the JL America record label and its subsidiaries in Europe. Despite their popular local and burgeoning European appeal, COLDSTEEL nonetheless disbanded in 1993 due to irreconcilable creative differences.
In 2012, Coldsteel reformed to complete and record "America Idle". COLDSTEEL plans on future performances for 2013/2014 in direct support of this recording project.
Hal Aponte - Drums
A self- taught drummer from the age of 12, Hal developed his unique style mimicking bands as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Journey, Billy Joel, Boston and Kansas. However, his passion for percussion was truly awakened after being introduced to the music of Rush. He considers the masterful drumming of Neil Peart as his most inspiring influence. Soon after Coldsteel's debut release "Freakboy"in 1992 through JL America, Hal landed the drumming gig for "Cold Steel" - and after 20 years he's back in the drummers seat recording their latest EP "America Idle". During his music career Hal became a founding member of "Ice Age"under the auspice of Magna Carta records. The worldwide release of the LPs "The Great Divide" and "Liberation" cemented "Ice Age's" reputation as a progressive metal powerhouse. Hal has also performed in many off-Broadway productions, sharing the stage with such artists as Spocks Beard; Zebra; King's X; Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow); Vince Neil (Motley Crue); Tony Harnell (TNT); Hal Patino (King Diamond / Mercyful Fate); Mike Wead (King Diamond / Mercyful Fate); Ted Poley (Danger Danger), and many others. A patron as well as a performer, Hal has backed many artists in the Singer Songwriter, Latin and R&B genres. Constantly pushing his talent to the limit, Hal's current projects include drumming for "THEM" (The Ultimate King Diamond Tribute Act), Ted Poley (Danger Danger) and Cold Steel.
Eddie Campbell - Guitars
Eddie Campbell hit the scene back in the late 80’s with a band called Slasher playing at venues such as Rising Sun & L’Amours Brooklyn. Eddie continued to explore different genres of music always looking for new opportunities to play whether it was in a local cover band or writing his own material. In the Early 90’s Eddie joined Phantom with Anthony Bramante of Nuclear Assault that went on to play a few shows which led to Foundations Forum in Burbank, Ca. in 1993 where he shared the stage with Accept, Steve Vai, Fight, Kiss and Scorpions. The band went into the studio to record an album but it never came to fruition. Eddie continued to seek new situations which allowed him to showcase his neo-classical training with his love for raw, unadulterated metal. In 2000 Eddie was called on to do solo guitar work for a band called Adriangale which was spearheaded by Vic Rivera and recorded a total of 3 albums with Adriangale and 1 album and a live DVD with Crunch and this is where Eddie developed a musical realtionship with Doug Odell (Ice Age). Adriangale and Crunch proceeded to play many festivals overseas. Eddie became part of a Horror Rock Opera Sins of A Scarecrow, that was a production with John Pisciotta (Swift Kick, Arabia) and Alan Plotkin (Virgo Studio) and was slated to be picked up by Bill Aucoin. Eddie played briefly with Ted Poley (Danger Danger) both in the U.S. and abroad at festivals such as Firefest. This is where he met Hal Aponte (Ice Age) who later asked Eddie to play a gig with THEM where he became a permanent member and proceeded to share the stage with the likes of Mike Wead & Hal Patino both members of King Diamond. Eddie during this time also became a part of APW (All Points West) featuring Ray West (Spread Eagle). The THEM collaboration led to Cold Steel where he and members of THEM put together America Idle. Eddie’s desire to play at age 12 was sparked by none other than Ace Frehley of KISS. Eddies guitar playing has evolved thru the years with influnces such as Michael Schenker, Uli Roth, the Shrapnel lineups, Friedman, Becker, Yngwie and Gilbert. Eddie is currently a huge fan of the Scandinavian onslaught from Inflames, Opeth and Katatonia and some favorites on this side of the pond Devin Townsend, Daath and Scar Symmetry. Eddie has played with/shared the stage with John Macaluso, Devin Townsend, Joe Lyn Turner, Winger, Dee Snider, Quiet Riot and George Lynch to name a few.
Troy Norr -Vocals
Troy has been involved with music since the age of 8. An avid trumpet player until age 18, Troy performed in various Jazz bands, orchestras, and marching bands on both the local and county level. Not too metal right? Well, Troy was first introduced to heavy metal at the age of 12 by his cousins. Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are the first metal bands Troy was first exposed to and from then on his thirst for new heavy metal and hard rock was never quenched! Troy was a co founder of his first Heavy Metal band at the age of 17 called "Overdryve". Overdryve performed covers from Kiss to Overkill. After graduating high school, Troy was asked by Dom Mincieli to join COLDSTEEL when original singer/bassist Greg Hock left the band. Troy joined with no hesitation and lived a life of Coldsteel for 6 years before the band disbanded in 1992. From 1992 until 2003, Troy dropped out of the music scene completely to work on his career in computer networking. In 2003, Troy joined Anger Management, a Suffolk County, Long Island based Thrash band that performed originals and covers from bands like Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica and Pantera. Troy recorded his first original song with Anger Management in 2006 titled "Torn Apart" and at that time, Troy had a taste of writing originals for the first time in 14 years! Troy continued performing with Anger Management until early 2008. In 2007, Troy formed the Megadeth Tribute band Countdown to Extinction and in 2008 Troy formed the King Diamond Tribute band "THEM" performing for three and a half years with over 20 shows and including performances with Mike Wead and Hal Patino from King Diamond. In 2011, Troy was involved with the re-release of Freakboy for Battle Cry Records (Germany) and The Demo Anthology for Stormspell Records (USA). In the same year, Troy decided to re-record the missing song "Crackdown" off of the 1992 Freakboy Album from Turbo Records. This recording session was preparation for what would take place in 2012...The recording of "America Idle", the first international release by Coldsteel in 20 years! Troy's influences are Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, King Diamond, Kiss, and Billy Joel. Troy loves Thrash Metal and fully supports acts such as Testament, Death Angel, Overkill, Forbidden, and Flotsam and Jetsam. Troy uses Shure microphones.
Fed Canelos - Guitars
Ferdinand "Fed" Canelos- Fed's music career began at the age of 12. His deisre to play guitar was sparked when he first opened his Kiss Alive 2 album and he saw Ace Frehley standing high up above the stage. His love of rock music quickly progressed into heavy metal and then thrash. Fed would play with various cover bands in the 80's playing hard rock and heavy metal to the likes of Led Zep, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Megadeth. In the 90's, he was a member of a local original band SP111 (pronounced S-P-one eleven) but still continued playing the local bar scene playing covers. The late 90's was the beginning of one of Fed's longest projects, Mr Clean, a band he still plays in today...almost 15 years later! In 2007, fate came knocking when Fed answered a local music ad looking for a guitar player for a Megadeth tribute band in Long Island. This is where Fed first met Troy. The Megadeth tribute was Countdown to Extinction. After about a year, Troy mentioned he wanted to fulfill a lifelong desire to put together the ultimate King Diamond tribute act and asked Fed if he wanted to be a part of it. In 2008, Them was formed along with Hal and Eddie. Them has played many successful shows some which featured King Diamond's band members such as Mike Wead and Hal Patino. Most recently, when Cold Steel parted ways with one of the original guitar players Joe, Fed was asked to step in and become a member. Fed loves bands like Rush, Yes, Kiss, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and old Metallica and even newer band like Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold. Fed's heavy metal/ thrash roots made him a perfect fit for Cold Steel.
Rick Lopez -Bass
Rick originally recorded all bass tracks on Coldsteel's Dead By Dawn Demo. 1990– 2002 Century Media recording artist (MERAUDER). Three Indie label Recordings. Released worldwide (1995 – 2002). Completed numerous live performances including 2 continental Tours of the United States (1995 through 1999). Two Major European Tours encompassing continental Europe (mainland) and the British Isles (2000). One world premiere video broadcast / release (MTV: Headbanger’s Ball June 1995). Nearly all-live appearances performed in renowned venues throughout the U.S. and Europe.
One Indie Recording released June 2008
One European Tour encompassing continental Europe
(Germany, Austria, Prague, Belgium, Netherlands, London)