Founded by guitarist Axel Rudi Pell and singer Peter Burtz, Steeler was originally named Sinner. After adding Voker Krawczak (bass), Volker Jakel (drums) and Bertram Frewer (guitar) they signed to German indie label Earthshaker'. It wasn't long, however, before line-up changes occurred with Thomas Eder and Jan Yildiral replacing Frewer and Jakel before the completion of their debut eponymous album in 1984. The album set the mold for what would become their typical sound of Teutonic melodic Metal, as well as being a show place for Pell's guitar playing.
After their 1985 sophomore effort, Rulin' The Earth, Herve Ross replaced Krawczak. It, like all of their albums, was released only in Germany. Strike Back, the 1987 follow-up, followed a more commercial program, a program that continued right along with their final effort, Undercover Animal (1988), after which Pell busted the act up to go solo.
As a soloist, Pell would recruit German Metal veterans Jorg Deisinger (ex-Bonfire; bass) and Jorg Michael (ex-Rage; drums), along with vocalist Charlie Huhn, with sessions from the returning Volker Krawczak and Thomas Bodo S, along with George Hahn and Rudger Konig (keyboards). After his debut Wild Obsession (1989), Bob Rock would replace Huhn to release Nasty Reputation in 1991. Both albums fell into the typical guitar hero mold, and although they managed to attract a loyal European following the albums still failed to impress the world as a whole. Jorg Deisinger would leave, soon after Volker Krawczak (bass) and Kai Raglewski (keyboards) stepped in. From this point on Pell's solo self-titled act would prove to be a very prolific effort by releasing The Ballads (1993), Between The Walls (1994), Made In Germany (1005), a live effort, and Black Mood Pyramid (1996). 1997's Magic failed to live up to its name, as did Oceans Of Time (1998). The Ballads Vol. 2 (1999) and The Masquerade Ball (2000) followed them. The Wizards Chosen Few (2000) would follow-up the rear as a best of compilation.
Their career would continue on in the next millennium with: Shadow Zone (2002), Kings and Queens (2004), Mystica (2006), Diamonds Unlocked (2007; an album of cover tracks), Tales of the Crown (2008), The Crest (2010), Circle of the Oath (2012) and Into the Storm (2014).
Footnote: Not to be confused with the U.S. band of the same name.