"Steeler" - featuring guitar legend Yngwie J. Malmsteen and Keel vocalist Ron Keel, with bassist Rik Fox and drummer Mark Edwards - was the Shapnel Records heavy metal release that introduced the world to neo-classical rock guitar legend Yngwie J. Malmsteen. "Steeler" was put together by Mike Varney, who had recently formed his new label, while Malmsteen had been making a name for himself in his native Sweden. Varney got his hands on Yngwie's now famous demo tape, and impressed with Malmsteen's playing, flew the 18-year-old guitarist to California and rushed him from the plane to the studio. The band quickly recorded the self-titled "Steeler" album, while, legend has it, Malmsteen slept on the pool table. The group later performed on a short tour, and before long the young Malmsteen was set to release his amazing Rising Force debut. "Steeler" brims with amazing axework from Malmsteen, including a long unaccompanied solo intro to the steaming anthem, "Hot On Your Heels". A metal guitar classic.
|04:17||Cold Day In Hell||Vocal|
|05:18||No Way Out||Vocal|
|06:35||Hot On Your Heels||Vocal|
|02:54||On The Rox||Vocal|
|03;52||Down To The Wire||Vocal|
|03:06||Born To Rock||Vocal|
|Yngwie J. Malmsteen||Lead Guitars|
|Ron Keel||Voice, Guitars|
|Rik Fox||Bass, Backing Vocals|
|Peter Marino||Additional Background Vocals|
|Allen Sudduth||Engineering, Mixing|
|Allen Issacs||Engineering Assistance|
|Mark Rennick||Engineering Assistance|
|Bret H. Linford||Graphic Design|
|Recorded and mixed at Prairie Sun Studios, Cotati, CA.
Mastered at The Automatt, San Francisco, CA.
Hair by Robert P. Richleigh.