Fans of AMERICAN STEEL rejoiced with the reformation in 2005 which produced their first album in five years titled “Destroy Their Future”. After their triumphant return, American Steel are primed to build on their remarkable momentum and acclaim with the release of their fifth full-length, “Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts”; recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA. From the opening note, “Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts” reflects American Steel’s unique ability to deliver invigorating songs with an artistic approach that is lost on the majority of their peers. The album’s penetrating songs, soulful choruses, and smart, constantly progressing guitar work combine to create what is by far the band’s paramount achievement to date. Guided by honest lyrics that melt into irresistible hooks which refuse to leave the listener’s head, “Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts” stands alone in a sea of whimsical, one-and-done offerings from countless other bands in the punk scene. It is truly one of those rare recordings that insights the longing for the cramped and carefree confines of a sweaty, jubilant house party. American Steel fans and music fans in general will be enraptured by this instant classic. Read More