There are multiple artists with this name: 1. Strident is an epic power metal band from Cape Town, South Africa. Strident was wrought from Hell-forged steel in 2008. They first unleashed their sonic fury on the 30th of May of that year at the Klein Libertas Theater, in support of the mighty Kobus!. Frustrated by the lack of epic, melodic metal in South Africa, guitarists Deon van Heerden and George van der Riet decided to take it upon themselves to form the band they had always wanted to see: old-school, headbanging, sword-thrusting, guitar-solo-drenched epic melodic power metal.