Lionsheart (1992-present): a Heavy Metal band from New Forest, Hampshire, UK.


ritish band Lionsheart (not to be confused with "Lionsheart" - note the 's') was formed in New Forest, Hampshire, UK in 1990 by twin guitarists Mark and Steve Owers, formerly of Fury and Touche. Lionsheart with the addition of drummer Anthony Christmas and keyboardist Graham Collett, then asked Steve Grimmett to join the band as they admired his vocal talents. They recorded their first album, Lionsheart in 1992. However, it wasn't very long after before the twins quit the band (a long legal battle ensued where the Owers brothers were successful in winning their case). Their sudden departure left the The Lillian Axe British/European tour, necessitated the recruitment of guitarists Nick Burr and Zakk Bajjon.

Lionsheart received success in Japan on their first album, and this success continued on their follow-up, Pride in Tact (1994), selling over 100,000 copies in Japan, but the band received a cold response from the British press and a lukewarm reaction from British rock fans. In spite of this, the band garnered a successful tour in 1995 with labelmates Tyketto. Anthony Christmas was replaced with Michael O'Brien.

Their third effort, Under Fire (1998), took three years to emerge while legal battles with the band's record label waged on. When finally released in 1998, the album featured Grimmett and Tyketto guitarist Brooke St. James, along with Graham Collett and O'Brien. The album failed to sell well.

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At this time, Lionsheart folded and Grimmett founded Pride. In late 2000, Grimmett unveiled Seven Deadly Sins. Joining him on this venture was Collett, Eddie Marsh on bass and Peter Newdeck on drums.

A live recording titled Rising Sons - Live in Japan 1993 emerged in 2000 via the 'Zoom Club' label. Finding some new momentum, Lionsheart reformed and self-financed a new studio album, Abyss (2004). Dallas, Texas based label 'Metaledge Records', released this album digitally in June 2004 in North America, and Italian based label 'Frontiers', released the album to the rest of the world. Line-up changes brought Gavin Cooper to the band in May.

In late 2006, Grimmett unveiled his new project, simply titled The Steve Grimmett Band; this unit involving guitarist Ian Nash, bassist Ritchie Walker and drummer Pete Newdeck.

In July 2008, Grimmett was announced as fronting the Fargo, North Dakota, USA heavy metal band Grimmstine, assembled by Methuselah and Dozer guitarist Steve Stine in union with the Sons of Poseidon rhythm section of bassist Hat and drummer Dave Johnson; the latter also holding credits with Denied By Christ and Methuselah.

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Nation UK
Location New Forest, Hampshire
Genre Heavy Metal
Other Genres Hard Rock, Speed Metal
Formations 1
Active Years 1992-
Last Modified 2023-07-20
Diskery ID 2707

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