Biography

Rising up from Surrey, B.C. Canada, Iron Kingdom is leading the charge of the Rising New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal Movement.

Inspired by the legendary pillars of Heavy Metal such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Blind Guardian, The Scorpions, and Rush, this four piece machine are bringing back the classic sounds and foundations of 70s and 80s Metal.

Iron Kingdom was formed in 2011 by Chris Osterman, along with Leighton Holmes and former drummer Amanda Osterman. The band is well known for their energetic and electrifying stage presence, as well as intricate musical melodies.  The current line up features Chris Osterman – Guitar / Vocals, Leighton Holmes – Bass,  Kenny Kroecher – Guitar and Joey Paul – Drums.

Chris brings star power and provides some exhilarating guitar work along with hair splitting multi-octave vocal range. Bass guitarist Leighton Holmes brings a poetically dark lyrical style and oversees the bottom end creating a tight rhythm section with his classic finger style playing.

The band released their debut album ‘Curse Of The Voodoo Queen’ on December 14, 2011, featuring past members Jordan Wright on rhythm guitar and Amanda Osterman on drums.  Jordan Wright left the band, after the albums completion and before its release, and was replaced by Kenny Kroecher in the fall of 2011. Kenny Kroecher adds the excitement of duel lead guitars and intricate guitar rhythm work as an excellent compliment to Chris’ guitar style. In 2013 the group entered the studio again to record their 2nd full-length release titled ‘Gates of Eternity’ released on April 26th 2013.

The four then spent some time on the road, heading through Canada, Western USA, and onward to Europe. The European leg included shows in Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom. The gigs in Germany included a performance at the iconic KEEP IT TRUE XVII festival. Thus creating some major momentum as now Iron Kingdom were spreading their moniker far and wide in support of the first two releases.

On July 30th 2015 Iron Kingdom released not one but two more albums, ‘Ride For Glory’ their 3rd full length album, as well as ‘Unleashed at the Kraken (Live in Seattle)’ a live album recorded on a previous tour. The band set out on tour again in support of the two new releases. The tour was unfortunately riddled with many trials, including a vehicle accident that almost killed the band members. Following the tour, Amanda decided to focus on other things in her life and stepped back from the band to pursue other commitments. Leaving the door open for the newest member of the band, drummer Joey Paul. With a solid new line up, Iron Kingdom is ready once again to take the world by storm, and lead the revival of the mighty and classic sounds of Traditional Heavy Metal.

Chris Osterman
Lead Guitar and Lead Vocals

Growing up I always had a melody running through my head, music came very natural to me. If I didn’t hear it, I would create it.

Listening to my sister play classical piano for hours each day, I desired more than to just listen to music, or to hum it, I found the actual performance to be the most fascinating part! To think how I could learn to create any form of rhythm or melody that I wanted just by learning an instrument? I needed to acquire that ability.

Although my musical journey started with Amanda’s classical music I wanted something different, (let’s be honest, there’s no way I can pull that off!). Then it happened, my uncles started to show me the ways of rock and roll through bands like Deep Purple, Van Halen and AC/DC. I knew instantly that guitar was the instrument of choice, and this style of music… Well, I needed to hear more.

The first time I picked up the guitar was when I was seven years old. I continued to learn and hone my skills over the years, but always wanted to take it to the next level. Forming my first band at the age of twelve, I learned how to write real songs, how to work in a group setting, and how to entertain an audience. After a few years I even began to take on the role as the group’s lead vocalist.

On June 6th, 2011 we changed the band name to IRON KINGDOM, and I realized my child days were over and this needed to be all or nothing. We were finally ready to take on the world!

Going into the studio to record our first album at age eighteen, it seemed like a huge accomplishment but it was really just another step to further goal.

Since then we have gone on to release three full-length albums, as well as one live album. It’s been a dream come true to tour all over Canada, The USA, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, France and The UK. I’m very proud of what we have accomplished, it has been an incredible journey and it looks like there’s no end in sight.

Leighton Holmes
Bass Guitar

I was raised on Rock. From the whisky soaked licks of George Throughgood to the over the top arrangements of Queen, I lived for music. At the age of 9 my older brother introduced me to Heavy Metal. From the first moment I heard bands like Hammerfall, Blind Guardian and Iron Maiden I’ve been in love. Music is a religion for me, a way of life, the only way to live. At the age of 15, inspired by the likes of Steve Harris I convinced my mom to buy me a bass. I joined up with Chris not too long after and began chasing a dream.

I have a deep love for stories and have always gravitated towards music that tells a story. Growing up I was always surrounded by books, from the moment I learned to read I never really stopped. To me Metal was amazing because a lot of the bands I was listening to were mixing elements of Fantasy into their music. The same kind of tales I enjoyed reading about, these guys were singing about! It became clear to me that this was something I wanted to do. I wanted to join the ranks of these modern troubadours and tell some stories of my own.

Another love of mine is travel and Iron Kingdom is always willing and eager to reach new places and journey to areas we have never been. Our tours have taken us to different cities, different countries and even different continents. It’s been an honour to hit the road and play in a wide range of places and in front of so many people.

Now IRON KINGDOM will come to conquer!

Kenny Kroecher
Lead and Rhythm Guitar

Growing up in British Columbia, Canada, music has always been a huge part of my life. I started playing piano at the young age of 5, and a few years later wanted to pick up the guitar. From the Blues-driven attack of Deep Purple, and early Rush, to the dark and heavy riffs of Black Sabbath, I became inspired to learn as much as I could, and develop my technique.

I moved to Calgary, Alberta after high school, and got experience playing in a number of bands, as well as teaching guitar and piano. With time, as my knowledge of music grew, and with the discovery of many different bands, my personal playing style evolved to include more intricate melodies. After a few years, I moved back to Vancouver, BC in search of finding people to play music with. Shortly after I met Chris Osterman, we jammed and instantly felt like working together; and the rest is history.

I’ve been playing in Iron Kingdom for over 4 years now, and had the great opportunities of touring around the world and recording 3 albums with them. It’s been an experience of a lifetime and I’m very excited to see what the future will hold for me and Iron Kingdom.

Joey Paul
Drums

I was born on November 11th 1994, in the small town of Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island.

When I turned 8 years old I decided to try my Dad’s old drum kit. Shortly after, my brother showed me Led Zeppelin, which opened my eyes to Rock ‘n’ Roll. I began drum lessons with Phil Wipper, Phil showed me Jazz, Gospel, Metal, and so many other genre’s bringing me a more wide range of influences.

At age 12 my teacher suggested I start jamming with other young musicians at a weekly Blues jam at “The Blues Underground”. After about 2 years of playing with the blues jammers I started my own band. I gigged all the way through high school and kept going.

Since then I’ve played in many different bands (Jazz, Funk, Reggae, and Punk Rock to name a few) with different styles for some cash and much needed experience to strengthen my playing.

I realized in order to grow and pursue music I would need to head for the big city, and so my journey took me to the mainland of British Columbia.

I always yearned for a chance to play Metal, but until now I never got the chance.

Being in the Metal band Iron Kingdom has been such a cool experience for me. I can’t wait to tour with these guys, and help them spread the Metal flame far and wide!