How cool to know someone still remembers my group Apocalypse? Kostas has brought me back to life with his remaster edition of our music. To have played most of my life knowing someone appreciates what I’ve created is oh so cool. You folks in Greece are truly amazing. Thank you.
-John Luepnitz, Guitars, Apocalypse-
I received a Facebook message one afternoon, from a name I didn’t recognize. A Greek fellow by the name of Kostas, told me he purchased a demo tape from 1991 and just wanted to know if I was the same “Chuck” listed in the liner notes. After a few friendly messages back-and-forth, he asked if I had any other music available. I told him our band self-produced a full length album, in addition to the five song demo, but it was only ever released on cassette. He asked if I would like to have our music preserved digitally, and what my thoughts were on releasing it through his record company, Arkeyn Steel Records. I was intrigued.
After sharing some examples of his previous work, I was on totally on board.
I mailed him some cassettes and some images, and started digging to find flyers, photos and notes to scan and email. He sent back preliminary images in days, and started remastering the demo and album right away. In no time at all, he was sending me files of our music, sounding better than it ever did!
When I received the final product, I was blown away! I would put his work up against any corporate record company. The packaging is simply amazing, and the sound quality is top notch. The promo video he put together was a nice touch, too.
Just knowing something we took great pride in almost 30 years ago is still out there, getting to new fans worldwide, is simply amazing. Thanks to Kostas and Arkeyn Steel Records for making this happen!
-Chuck McMenamin, Guitars, Mind’s Eye-
One typical morning in the Spring of 2017, I logged into Facebook, and had a message from a man named Kostas Athanasoglou. He told me he owned Steel Gallery and Arkeyn Steel Records, and was interested in re-releasing my band’s 1989 demo album, Forest of Dreams. I’d never interacted with him before. I was, at once, thrilled and skeptical. Many of my friends’ bands had been taken in by offers, and this one seemed too good to be true.
Over the next couple of weeks, I continued correspondence with Kostas, and he won my confidence. He came across as a true fan of the music from that period, the kind of music my band wrote and recorded, but never had been released by a record label. Kostas forwarded me a copy of our contract, and patiently waited while an old friend of mine, a law professor, reviewed it. Without having any legal background, skimming it over greatly allayed my fears. It addressed them all, and I felt relieved when my friend gave me a good report on the contract. I was impressed that he appeared to have anticipated any concerns that a band would have, and addressed them all.
I worked with Kostas over the next few weeks, scanning pictures and sending him an original copy of our demo tape. Arkeyn Steel worked feverishly on the album artwork, re-mastering the tape to digital format, and producing a video for our song, Welcome to New Ideas
My band, Damascus, had discussed working on a re-release, in CD format, of our own, but dismissed the idea as too expensive. What Kostas and the crew at Arkeyn Steel Records did with the material we sent was pure magic! We were blown away when our band got together to open the shipment of brand new Damascus CD’s. The re-mastering of our tape was unbelievable! Kostas Scandalis was the engineer extraordinaire, and understood the importance of powerful bass for our sound. He came through tremendously, bringing the vocals, and all the instruments, to the forefront, capturing our sound perfectly. They somehow managed to turn the 30-year-old pictures I sent them into a beautiful twelve-page glossy insert, complete with album art. Seeing our album cover on a high-quality picture disc CD, complete with the cool Arkeyn Steel Viking-with-battle-axe logo, was an absolute dream come true. I cannot stress enough what a spectacular job they did with the entire project. There is absolutely no way on Earth we could have achieved the same level of quality that Arkeyn Steel produced. Not even close.
Working with Arkeyn Steel Records on the re-release of Forest of Dreams has been one of the best experiences of my life. It was, without a doubt, the highlight of my 2017. The thrill of having our album released by a record label after 28 years has been enduring and incredible, and brought a touch of validation. Kostas is a true fan of the genre. He has a HUGE collection of original recordings of the era, and loves the music with great passion. I appreciate his honesty in dealing with us, and I count him as a true friend. My only regret is that we never recorded our second album, and could work with Arkeyn Steel for another re-release! I’ll have to be content, flying through the forest of my dreams.
-Fred Ruzicka, lead vocalist, Damascus-
Randy Davis and Wrathskeller want to thank Kostas for supporting this project. Working on this brought back exciting memories of great times and to bring back music that had been sitting for 30 years into an awesome inspiring package is incredible! This has been a pleasure!
Shadowcast are very grateful to Arkeyn Steel Records for the release of ‘The Premonition’ making a dream come true. The album cover, design and layout are works of art in themselves! We were excited that the radio interview was included as it gave an insight to were we were musically at the time. Many thanks to Kostas Athanasoglou for believing in us!
Kostas, The band members of Alloy Czar and I want to thank you and Arkeyn Steel Records for the excellent work you’ve done on “Awaken the Metal King”. You’ve done an amazing job in the re mastering and packaging of our music and it was about time for this release to finally happen. We hold Arkeyn Steel in our highest regards. Thanks, Bob Parduba
Getting to know Kostas Athanasoglou and Chris Papadakis over the past couple of years has been amazing. They are both individuals that I wished we would have had in our camp from day one and I would love to have them on any project going forward. They are enthusiastic about what they do and their talent in the production of their product blew the whole band away. After Chris wrote such a wonderful article about Xcel, the band has gained some really great friends. Although Xcel had thought about redoing our album for some time, we were a bit skeptical when approached about it by Arkeyn Steel Records. I would have to say it was mainly because of all the promises the band had been made year after year by other individuals around the world, which never panned out or were legit. I’ll just say this, committing to a release with these guys was one of the best decisions we have ever made. Although Arkeyn Steel has a great sound engineer, Kostas and Chris agreed to let the band oversee the process here in the USA. That alone gained our trust because we were not too keen on just handing our original master away. They were supportive and worked with us throughout the entire project. When we were told we would have a booklet with the pictures/lyrics, and bio with the Deliver This Dream re-release, we were again skeptical at first because we didn’t know what to expect. When we saw the finished product that Kostas has created, our mouths dropped. It is far more professional than the original release ever was and as William Tsamis from Warlord put it, comparable to any product release by a major label. The one difference between Arkeyn Steel and say a major label is this: these guys put their heart and soul into what they do. And the outcome shows it. The band has been treated like royalty and we are honored to be a part of the Arkeyn Steel Records catalog. If you ever have the chance to work with these guys……..take it. Their product speaks for itself and you will get to work with guys as passionate about their product as you are about the music you’ve created as a band. Classy guys with a class act. – Kevin Cox (Xcel)
The Warlord Anthology came as a surprise to me and Mark Zonder. I thought, “Why would any Warlord fan want an Anthology when they already have all the songs?” Well, Arkeyn Steel Records (Kostas Athanasoglou and his team) convinced us that there was a demand for such a project including an extensive Biography (limited copies) by Chris Papadakis. So, I proposed a fantastic art piece given to me by Kostas Tsiakos and gave Arkeyn Steel Records the “go ahead,” not really expecting anything that remarkable. After all, Warlord is a dinosaur. Instead, the remastered version I heard from Kostas Scandalis (engineer) all of a sudden brought to life the feeling that I haven’t experienced in years – the old, badly engineered Warlord albums had come to life with a new vibrancy – a phenomenal sound. Arkeyn Steel Records was delivering everything to me for my approval and “little by little” they produced a masterpiece Warlord Anthology that Warner Bros. couldn’t dream of. It is a beautiful 2 CD set with a wonderfully designed Lyric insert and Special Thanks page by Kostas Athanasoglou. The cover art is a masterpiece incorporating all of Warlord’s history. The quality of the CD set is as good as any major metal label could produce. Most importantly, however, is the sound. The sound of the songs is once again new and refreshing to my ears. After years and years of not even listening to my older compositions and instead looking on to new horizons, I am once again entrenched in the magic of classic Warlord. I cannot emphasize enough how carefully and wonderfully this whole Anthology was planned out by Arkeyn Steel Records. It literally blew me (and others) away. All I have received is huge compliments from fans. The craftsmanship from visual to audio (to biography) is impeccable. As I said, no other major metal label would have treated this project the way Kostas Athanasolglou did. He cared for it as if were a very, very special release and I thank him profusely for the phenomenal hard work he put into this project. I simply can’t imagine how many hours he put into this (with his team at Arkeyn Steel Records) . . . the result – a phenomenal remastering of Warlord’s entire back catalog with excellent visuals, product quality, and sound. The entire Warlord Anthology in a beautiful double CD set . . . no wonder it sold out. My special thanks to all involved in giving back to me my music in premium sound and with astonishing visuals. I am forever indebted. – William J Tsamis
Just got them today! Very nice. Love the layout. Love the sound quality. Couldn’t ask for more. Great job!!! Nice touch with the newspaper article on the inserts!
Everything looks great, thought the artwork was good, mastering was ok.
Anyhow, it’s been a real pleasure, and we’re all real happy that this is out.
All looks great, you really did a good job, we love it man!!
I received it. I just want to say thank you so much for all you have done. And thank you for selecting an excellent cover.
Everyone I talk to thinks its fucking awesome! I look forward to meeting you one day and having a drink or 4.
I received the Cd’s just a few minutes ago. They look great! Everything looks beautiful my friend & well done!
I was listening to your version of saharra’s Listen and I do hear a better sound quality on your version.
I am happy that I decided to allow you to release Saharra times because you are very professional and easy to work togther with.
I will always feel comfortable to work with you again if ever you wish to release
something lese such as anything solo of me or other saharra music.
First we did not know you, so we were concerened for the band,
but after long review and seeing that your intensions were great, we will most likely work with you anytime!
I finally read the Saharra bio last evening before I went to sleep. I was surprised to read all new BIO of Saharra.
I do not know how you got so much information about the history.
I myself did not know anything about saharra before I sang for them or anything after I left.
It was very well arranged by you. I am waiting for Nick to call me today to talk about some things.
I will also be mailing out his cd’s as well as to the other members. I was talking to Nick this evening and
he was very pleased to see the cd as he recieved it today from me. He was very impressed with your remaster of this cd!
The CD is excellent. Thank you so much.
All Blackstorm members are excited about the CD release.
I did indeed and opened the parcel this weekend. The packaging and artwork was really well done
especially considering the small amount of art you had to work with.
The re-mastering sounds great… only so much that can be done to early cassette recordings.
All in all I was very surprised and happy by the final product.
I wanted to let you know that we did receive the discs and they look and sound great!
Thanks again for a good looking and sounding release and I hope all is well with you guys.
I got the CD’s in the mail yesterday…Yeah they look and sound great!!
You did an excellent job!!…I’m really impressed…They turned out better then I thought…Its a great package
I like the logo behind the lyrics. The pics layout very professional. It looks like you spent a lot of time on it.
I think you do great work…I can’t say enough on how much I like them…I hope to work again in the future on another project.
excellent job, looks good, sounds good, the press release looks good
I received the CD’s of An Angel’s Tale this week they look great fantastic job!
It has been a pleasure working with you and your company, you guys are top shelve.
The layout looks fantastic great job. The back cover man thats a killer job blending everything together.
Mark Champlin (guitarist) showed me today the work that you guys have done and I wanted to thank you.
It brought back a lot of memories.
I was curious, though, how did you come about all of this information and where did you first here our demo?
I don’t think I even have a copy of that music anymore.
The photos you have, I don’t think I ever saw. You guys made everything look great. Again, thank you.
I have directed a couple of our former stage crew members to your site, and they can’t believe it.
Again, I appreciate the work you have done.
Criss Mayfield (Drums)
I have gotten the CDs and they are great. You did a very good job on them thank you.
To all you would be metalheads who want a professionally done CD or a remastering of
what you have or what you have from the past. My recommendation Arkeyn Steel Records!
I recently did business with Kostas Athanasoglou at Arkeyn Steel Records and although it was hard to remember all I needed to,
it was a very pleasant experience. Kostas was nothing but professional and patient with me,
even with a language barrier. The old cassette I had was magically transformed into something
I thought was truly wonderful, along with others who have seen and herd it.
The sound is better then I thought it could be and the artwork was nothing less then spectacular.
He did exactly what he said he would do and judging form the product result I’m sure he went that extra mile
to make me look and sound better then I could have done myself. If I need any of his talent in the future
I will definitely will call on him to help. He is defiantly a true metalhead superman. Thank you Kostas!
Jeff Grove – Leal Vocalist from Omega Point
I received the package yesterday.
All I have to say is WOW…I am very impressed with the package.
I never doubted you but you did some incredible work with everything.
It really shows the amount of work and time that you put in this package.
The mastering is great, volume, crisp, clean and excellent evenness from song to song.
The album cover turned out very nice. I like how you used the original logo throughout the package, very classic looking.
Great idea and concept with our photos in the tombstones. Looks very sharp.
You did an amazing job with the bio, history of the band in the booklet…the info is extremely accurate.
Too bad there weren’t more guys like you back in the day to help out young bands with direction.
I send much respect to you and everyone else that works with you!
I sincerely wish you success and great sells with this project.
I listened to the CD and it sounds great and the art work is fantastic. Great job!
I got the package today and man you guys did a GREAT job two thumbs way up.
The photos and the backgrounds the entire layout is super cool.
I just wanted to let you and all the guys involved know that myself
and the rest of the band really appreciate it.
The cd sounds great! The artwork is great too!
The LP’s Are amazing! I love them.
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