Cape Town power metal legends added to the 2015 Witchfest line up. Strident stands as South Africa’s defender of true steel, willing to live and die for their brand of heavy metal, in all its cheesy glory. Make sure you catch them at the festival.
African power metal! Strident was wrought from Hell-forged steel in 2008. They first unleashed their sonic fury on the 30th of May of that year at the Klein Libertas Theater, in support of the mighty Kobus!. Frustrated by the lack of epic, melodic metal in South Africa, guitarists Deon van Heerden and George van der Riet decided to take it upon themselves to form the band they had always wanted to see: old-school, headbanging, sword-thrusting, guitar-solo-drenched epic melodic power metal. Enlisting the help of brothers Piet and Johan Delport and drummer Marcel Christie (as well as too many potential vocalists count) they sworeto leave no face unmelted in their quest for metallic conquest and glory.
The line-up was finalised by the band’s second performance (at their spiritual home, the Eye of Horus), when Deon decided “to hell with it,” bought a microphone and learned to sing. Daniel Volgraaf took up the keyboard reins from Johan in July 2009. In February 2010 Christian Burgess took over the drums of doom from Marcel and Niel Schoeman joined as a third deadly guitar strike It now stands as follows: Deon van Heerden – Lead vocals and guitar; George van der Riet – Rhythm guitar; Niel Schoeman – Stunt Guitar; Daniel Volgraaf– Keyboards; Piet Delport – Bass; Christian Burgess – Drums.
As of this writing, Strident have completed recording their debut album “Oath” at the mighty Jo Ellis’ studio and is about to unleash it’s sonic fury on the South African public.
As they say – if you can’t take the heat, strap a furnace door to your face.
Today, Strident stands as South Africa’s defender of true steel, willing to live and die for their brand of heavy metal, in all its cheesy glory.