STEELER UNDERCOVER - ANIMAL -Steam Hammer Records 12" Vinyl LP Album

Steeler a German heavy metal band that was formed in 1979 in Frankfurt. They were one of the first German heavy metal bands to gain recognition and popularity, and were a well-known live act in the early 1980s. Steeler's early music was heavily influenced by bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, and they are considered a part of the New German Wave of Heavy Metal movement.

Throughout their career, Steeler released several albums and toured extensively, gaining a loyal fanbase. The band experienced several lineup changes over the years, with guitarist Peter Burtz being the only constant member. Steeler released their most recent album, "Unreleased Emotion," in 1992, and although they have not released any new material since then, they continue to perform live and are regarded as an important part of German heavy metal history.

Albums they have released include: teeler (1983), Rulin' the Earth (1984), Strike Back (1985), Undercover Animal (1988), Unreleased Emotion (1992).


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Steeler band description;

Steeler is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1982 by guitarist Rik Fox. The band was based in Los Angeles and was one of the early pioneers of the U.S. power metal scene. Steeler's original lineup consisted of Fox on guitar, vocalist Ron Keel, bassist Yenz Cheyenne, and drummer Mark Edwards.

In 1983, Steeler released their self-titled debut album, which was well-received by fans of heavy metal and helped to establish the band's reputation as a rising force in the genre. However, despite their early success, the band experienced several lineup changes over the next few years, and their commercial success was somewhat limited.

Despite this, Steeler continued to perform and record music throughout the 1980s, and they released several more albums before disbanding in the late 1980s. In recent years, Steeler has reunited for several reunion shows and has been recognized as one of the pioneering bands of the U.S. power metal scene. Today, Steeler's music continues to be popular among fans of heavy metal and is remembered as an important part of the genre's history.

Album Summary: 
This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and photos of Steeler
Music Genre: 
German Heavy Metal
Description / Collector's info: 
"Undercover Animal" was the 4th and final (last) album of "Steeler"
Album  Production information:

The album: "Undercover Animal" was produced by: Tommy Hansen, Tommy Newton, published by Warner Brothers

Tommy Hansen was a Danish music producer and sound engineer known for his work in the rock and metal genres. He was born on 17 April 1969, in Denmark and started his career in the music industry in the late 1980s.

Hansen gained recognition for his production and engineering skills, particularly in the realm of heavy metal and hard rock music. He worked with several prominent bands and artists, contributing to the development of their sound and helping them achieve commercial success.


One of Hansen's most notable collaborations was with the German power metal band Helloween. He worked on several of their albums, including "Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I" (1987) and "Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II" (1988), which are considered landmark releases in the power metal genre. Hansen's work with Helloween helped define their sound and solidify their position as one of the leading bands in the genre.

In addition to Helloween, Tommy Hansen also worked with other notable metal bands such as Pretty Maids, TNT, and Pagan's Mind. He was recognized for his ability to capture the energy and power of live performances in the studio, contributing to the overall impact of the recordings.

Unfortunately, Tommy Hansen passed away on 4 March 2019, at the age of 49. His contributions to the music industry, particularly in the realm of rock and metal, left a lasting impact, and his work continues to be appreciated by fans and musicians alike.

during the 1980s he has been working at the Horus Sound Studio for Heavy Metal bands like: Heavens Gate, Helloween , Pretty Maids , Rage , S.A.D.O., Steeler , Tyran' Pace , Victory . "Tommy Hansen" and "Tommy Newton" have been working together (at Horus Sound Studio, Hannover, Germany) on the recording of Heavy Metal albums for the bands like Helloween and Victory.

Tommy Newton is a highly talented and versatile musician, renowned for his exceptional skills as a guitarist, producer, and sound engineer. With his remarkable contributions to the music industry, particularly in the realm of heavy metal, Newton has carved a distinguished reputation for himself. He gained significant recognition as a guitarist in the bands "Fargo" and "Victory", while also leaving an indelible mark as a producer and sound engineer, primarily through his collaboration with the iconic German heavy metal band, Helloween.


Born in an idyllic town, Newton's early exposure to music instilled a deep passion within him. As a teenager, he developed an intense fascination with the guitar and soon embarked on a journey to master this instrument. Newton's dedication and unwavering commitment to his craft led him to hone his skills and expand his musical horizons.

In the early stages of his career, Newton found himself as the lead guitarist for the band "Fargo". Their unique blend of melodic rock captivated audiences, and Newton's intricate guitar work played a vital role in shaping their sound. His impressive technical abilities and soulful solos became a defining characteristic of the band's music, garnering them widespread acclaim.

After leaving Fargo, Newton embarked on a new chapter in his musical career and joined forces with the band "Victory". As their lead guitarist, he continued to showcase his exceptional talent and further solidified his reputation as a skilled musician. With Victory, Newton experienced both critical and commercial success, contributing to the band's numerous albums and electrifying live performances.

While his prowess as a guitarist garnered him immense recognition, Newton's talents extended beyond his instrument. His passion for the production and engineering aspects of music led him to explore new avenues. Newton's meticulous attention to detail and innate understanding of sound allowed him to establish himself as a sought-after producer and sound engineer.

One of Newton's most notable collaborations occurred when he began working with the influential German heavy metal band, Helloween. His production and engineering contributions to their albums, such as "Keeper of the Seven Keys" and "Master of the Rings", played a significant role in shaping the band's sound and catapulting them to international stardom. Newton's exceptional work with Helloween solidified his position as one of the industry's most respected producers and sound engineers.

Throughout his illustrious career, Tommy Newton has consistently demonstrated his exceptional musical talents, leaving an indelible mark on the heavy metal genre. His contributions as a guitarist, producer, and sound engineer have not only influenced countless musicians but have also enriched the listening experiences of fans worldwide. Newton's unwavering dedication to his craft and his ability to seamlessly navigate various musical roles make him a true icon in the world of rock and metal music. As he continues to create and collaborate, Tommy Newton's impact on the industry remains an enduring testament to his extraordinary talent and passion for music.


Record Label: 
SteamHammer 08-7510
Record Format
12" Vinyl Full-Length Stereo Long-Play  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 230 gram  

Year and Country:

1988 Made in Germany
Band Members and Musicians on: Steeler Undercover Animal
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Peter Burtz (Vocals)
  • Axel Rudi Pell (Electric Guitar)
  • Tom Eder (Electric Guitar)
  • Roland Hag (Bass)
  • Jan Yildiral (Drums)
Track Listing of: "Undercover Animal"

The Songs/tracks on "Undercover Animal" are

  • Hunter or Hunted
  • Undercover Animal
  • Shadow in the Redlight
  • Hard Breaks
  • Criminal
  • Rely on Rock
  • Stand Tall
  • The Deeper the Night
  • Knock Me Out
  • Bad to the Bone
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 Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).

Photo of the "Steeler" band members on the album's inner sleeve  

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