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Defender Of Steel - Epic & Heavy Metal Vest

Dante
Tue, 07/06/2022 - 23:18

I'm into metal for over 30 years now, but never wore something that was truly worth to be called a battle vest. So I decided to start my personal covid project during the first lockdown in april 2020. Since "Fighting the world" was the album that brought heavy metal into my live, it is not surprising that I chose Epic & Heavy Metal to be the theme for my vest.

What started as a task that made me visit eBay once a week, slowly went to being active in forums, TSS, bandcamp and FB. I bought, traded and sold and got to know a lot of fine people from all over the world. Some of them I already met and some I hope to meet at a concert or a festival to have a beer with them.

When I couldn't find a patch, I contacted the bands. Every single band answered, everyone was amazingly helpful and supportive. Some even checked their private collections for long sold out patches and sent them to me, many asked for fotos of the final vest. What a great experience!

Yesterday I sewed the last patch onto my vest, just in time for the Up the Hammers festival in Athens. A worthy event to wear it for the first time! When you recognize me there or at another festival or concert and like to chat and have a beer, just come over and say hello!

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Defender Of Steel - Epic & Heavy Metal Vest
Defender Of Steel - Epic & Heavy Metal Vest

From the tomb's picture

With He Man and Skeletor, epic!!

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Dante's picture

By the power of Greyskull, yes!

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bad_american1992's picture

Wooooah momma this is too much epic heavy metal for me to handle! Stunner of a vest dude. I love he crammed aesthetics, the matching border colors and the symmetry!

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Dante's picture

Thanks for the kind words! ⚔️

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StarTaiger's picture

Nice story, the journey was worth it, the result is awesome, its epicness is beyond charts !!
Like the swords & armors of legends, it now needs a name... Defender of Steel !!
Hails & cheers !!

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Dante's picture

Hail brother, raise the horns! 🍻

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Deathtattooguy's picture

Very awesome

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Dante's picture

Thanks mate!

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fauzan big's picture

Awesome vest!!!! Really nice layout and bands selection

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Dante's picture

Much obliged! 💪🏼

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Thane's picture

Holy hell this is beautiful. Amazing killer layout.

Dante's picture

Thanks, really appreciated!

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FOAD's picture

Da hat jemand auf die Symmetrie geachtet, finde ich gut!
Ein paar nette Bands dazu sind auch mit drauf. ;-)

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Dante's picture

Mein innerer Autist konnte nicht anders. ;)

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FOAD's picture

Ich kenne das. Bei mir ist es evtl. nicht ganz so extrem, aber ein totales Chaos will ich auf der Kutte auch nicht haben.

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metalCRUSTbarbarian's picture

FIVE FLAMES!!

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Dante's picture

Tausend Dank! 🔥

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MC Sauerkraut's picture

Und zur Einweihung nen Kurzen für jede darauf abgebildete Hieb- und Stichwaffe ;)

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Dante's picture

Hahaha, schöne Idee, aber das würde böse enden. 😅 Prost! 🍻

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Into Glory Ride's picture

Nahezu perfekte Kutte!
Ich muss immer lachen, wenn ich quasi nahezu meinen gesamten Musikgeschmack auf einer Weste wiederfinde.
Aber auch sonst in Komposition, Farben, und vor allem Symmetrie: Absolut stark.

Mir gefällt, was du mit dem Kodex gemacht hast, sehr geil.

Dante's picture

Herzlichen Dank! :) Wahrscheinlich haben wir uns schon bei unzähligen Konzerten gesehen! Cheers!

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Faber's picture

Sweet piece mate! Damn what a nice tribune! No way I'll gonna miss ya at KIT Rising

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Dante's picture

Really looking forward to it! The first beer will be on me, mate! 🍻

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Whispers of Death's picture

Amazing vest!! Cool to see some of mine on there too!

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Dante's picture

Thanks for contributing to my vest, always a pleasure to order from you!

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Halo of Flies's picture

Looks great. Glad to see some old school stuff from my day like Number OT Beast, Riot and my all time favorite album Mob Rules

Dante's picture

Thanks, there can't be a heavy metal themed vest without these!

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Heavy Metal Chemist's picture

Wow Dante, this is an absolute stunner! There is so much 'epicness' here 💪😫🤘 This vest should be in the dictionaries to show what the word Epic means 😅 I hope to once see this vest in real life. I will definitely make a chat with you!

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Dante's picture

Awesome, looking forward to meeting you! 🤘

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TKALVIS's picture

Beautiful layout! I'm off to check out some of the bands you have on here I've not heard of.

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Dante's picture

That's one thing I really loved during the process of creating my vest - looking at other designs and discovering some awesome bands! Have fun! 😊🤘

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Cardboardcity's picture

Tonnes of great pieces on here and a really thorough and thought out layout - great work! One of the best modern back patches for one of the best modern bands too!

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Dante's picture

The moment I saw the back patch I instantly knew that it would be the centre piece for my vest!

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Boss the Ross's picture

Masterpiece!

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Dante's picture

Thanks mate!

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Black Frost's picture

Perfection!

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Dante's picture

Really appreciated, thanks!

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Metalmate's picture

And what a beauty it has become!!! Stunning vest mate. Nice touch with He-man and Skeletor. Big fan of the symmetry

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Dante's picture

Thank you, mate!

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Sickdog's picture

Yeah, richtig gut geworden! Was n Schmuckstück!

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Dante's picture

Nicht zuletzt dank deiner Patches! Merci!

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Ymir's picture

Holy moly, that's the definition of epic and the stuff I came here for! Insane vest!

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Dante's picture

Making it look epic was the main goal, thanks! ⚔️

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zilin's picture

Sick!!! One of the best in 2022~!!

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Dante's picture

Thanks a lot! 😊🤘

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Rise_above's picture

The best, period!

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Dante's picture

Thanks mate, hope to see you again soon! 🍻

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Rise_above's picture

That would be awesome of course!

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HermanTheGerman's picture

Hammergeil! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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Dante's picture

Up the Hammers! 🔨 Thanks!

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stepand's picture

Has to be top 3 vests I've seen on ts

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Dante's picture

That's a huge compliment, thanks!

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HolyDriver's picture

If Conan had listened to metal, he would have worn this vest.

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Dante's picture

Haha, thanks! 🤣 Would have been hard for him to squeeze himself into a size-M vest!

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KayLuca's picture

Great Work! Love it 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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Dante's picture

Thank you! 💪

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ManOfSteel's picture

This is perfection! Theme, patch choice, layout, symmetry - I would sell my soul for a vest like this!

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Dante's picture

Thank you! I didn't sell my soul, but spent quite some money on it. ;)

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Hárbarðr's picture

Absolutely stunning!!

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Dante's picture

Thanks, mate!

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Kenny Powers's picture

Superb design and symmetry, great band selection. 100% my taste... perfectly done.

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Dante's picture

Much appreciated, thank you! Taste in bands is indeed very similar!

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Heiliger Veit's picture

Great design and awesome selection of bands! Love the Vendel and Herzel patches

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Dante's picture

Thanks for the flames! Herzel's "Le Dernier Rempart" was one of the best releases of 2021 imho. 🤘

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PowerPlautze's picture

One of the best vest i've ever seen. The layout is just great and i love the screamer patch on the back. Still searching this one for my vest.

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Dante's picture

Thanks a lot! Bought the Screamer patch from Komplott here on TSS, great guy!

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frederic-schulz@outlook.de's picture

sure the best way to spend the Lockdown, i started my Vest in 2018 with the thought in mind to add only patches of Bands i would see live, so that thought went overboard pretty quick

Dante's picture

Yeah, I know some people who follow the same approach. But for me a battle vest is more about paying tribute to the bands I love, not about my personal concert history. Trying to see as many as possible live nevertheless. ;)

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The Clairvoyant's picture

Outstanding vest with a great back story too! Extra kudos for Seven Sisters. 🤘

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Dante's picture

Thank you, I had the pleasure of seeing them twice in the last months, not only a fantastic live band but also very nice guys! 🤘

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Komplott's picture

Musste gerade zu meinem Entsetzen feststellen, dass ich dieses Prachtstück noch nicht mit Lobeshymnen bedacht habe. Es freut mich außerordentlich, dass ich meinen kleinen Beitrag zu diesem Glanzwerk deiner scharfen Nadel und deines stabilen Geschmackes leisten konnte. Möge Dir diese Kutte viele Freibiere auf den kommenden Gigs und Festivals bescheren! \m/

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Dante's picture

Danke dir vielmals, zählt man den halbierten Kodex doppelt, dann haben es fünf deiner Patches auf die Kutte geschafft! 😉🤘 Und das erste Bier geht definitiv auf mich, wenn wir uns mal live sehen! 🍻

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Komplott's picture

Es wird ein Fest, wenns mal soweit ist! :)

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meaningless's picture

what a wounderfull BP!!!!

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Dante's picture

That's also what I thought the moment I first saw it, instantly fell in love with it! 😍

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EspadaNegra's picture

Probably the best vest I've seen here since now, so many beautiful patches. And now I understand why the Griffin patch is not for sale. ;)

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Dante's picture

Thanks, yeah, the patch is in a quite prominent place, wouldn't be easy to replace it appropriately.

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Zlatko's picture

Perfect vest! Awesome!

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Dante's picture

Thank you, really appreciated!🤘

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SmilingJack's picture

Hell yeah, what an incredible vest, hats off for this
flawless composition!

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Dante's picture

Thanks for the compliment!

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Deathtattooguy's picture

I think this one is my favorite of them all. I come back and look at it from time to time. This rocks!!

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Dante's picture

That coming from you means a lot, thank you very much mate! I admired your collection from day one here on TSS. Cheers! 🍻

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deathwitch's picture

That Roky Erickson patch!!!! So much to take in. Looks great.

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Dante's picture

Thanks mate, Roky's been a true pioneer, I discovered his music quite late through Entombed's "Night of the Vampire" in the late 90s.

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deathwitch's picture

I only discovered him in the 00s because I was born in the 90s! I would have just been too young. 🤣

Great German masterpiece here! 👏🤘👹 Well done

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deathwitch's picture

Yeah... Poor old Rocky. RIP.

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Wagerl's picture

hübsch wie sau!

Dante's picture

Danke dir!

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