Iron Claw (band)

Iron Claw was a Scottish heavy metal band currently signed to Californian record company and publisher Ripple Music. In March 2007 the band were mentioned in an article in Classic Rock called "The Lost Pioneers of Heavy Metal".[1]

Iron Claw
OriginDumfries, Scotland
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, doom metal, stoner rock
Years active1969–1974, 1993, 2010–2013
LabelsRipple Music



The band was started in the summer of 1969 in the town of Dumfries, Scotland by founder member Alex Wilson who recruited Jimmy Ronnie (guitar) and Ian McDougall (drums). They were joined by singer Mike Waller in November 1969. Wilson, the group's bass guitarist, had decided to form a band after seeing Led Zeppelin in concert in June 1969. Wilson and McDougall's attendance at Black Sabbath's performance at Dumfries in November 1969 (which Wilson recorded, representing Sabbath's earliest live recording), convinced them to not only cover Sabbath's first album and single live, but to consciously construct their sound around them. The band had originally performed covers by blues rock artists such as Free, Johnny Winter, Ten Years After, and Taste but soon began writing and performing original compositions. The band's name (Iron Claw) was eventually chosen by Wilson in March 1970 from a lyric from King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man".

Lineup changes, breakup, and reunionEdit

In 1971 Wilson had to replace Mike Waller (when he left because he wanted to play guitar) and so two new members (Wullie Davidson who performed on vocals, harmonica and flute, and Donald MacLachlan who played guitar) were recruited by Wilson and this changed the sound of the band to a more structured twin harmony guitar direction. However, in October 1971 when new recording sessions were looming, Donald MacLachlan was asked to leave the band as Jimmy Ronnie was unhappy with his presence in the band. After the recording sessions, drummer Ian McDougall left in May 1972 and was replaced by Neil Cockayne. The group finally broke up in April 1974. In 1993 Iron Claw performed one reunion show for charity. In the late 1990s a German "bootleg" CD of some of the early recordings surfaced. In 2009 sixteen recorded songs from the early 1970s were remastered and officially released on CD by Rockadrome Records.[2]

In response to the critical success of the Rockadrome album the band reformed in 2010 and began working on an album of new and unreleased material. New vocalist Gordon Brown was recruited by the three remaining members of the band to finish the album; Alex Wilson (bass), Jimmy Ronnie (guitar) and Ian McDougall (drums).

The resulting highly acclaimed CD, "A Different Game" was released internationally by Ripple Music in October 2011. In November 2011 Gordon Brown parted company with the band and following his departure Gary Hair was chosen to take over from Brown as vocalist. In March 2013 the band went their separate ways again.


Studio albums
  • "A Different Game" released on Ripple Music September 2011
Compilation albums
  • Iron Claw (2009)[3]
  • Dismorphophobia (1996) released by Audio Archives.
  • Buried Together (1992) Split-CD featuring Iron Claw (erroneously labelled as non-existing band Antrobus[4]) alongside four The Flying Hat Band demo tracks. Released by SPM International.


  1. ^ Sleazegrinder (March 2007). "The Lost Pioneers of Heavy Metal". Classic Rock.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "allmusic (((Iron Claw > Biography)))". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "allmusic (((Iron Claw > Overview)))". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  4. ^ Solidboy (giovedì 18 dicembre 2014). "Solidboy Music Blog: Antrobus & The Flying Hat Band - Buried Together (World Wide Records) 1972 - 1974 (Repost)". Solidboy Music Blog. Retrieved 2019-03-02. Check date values in: |date= (help)