St. Elmo’s Fire (Jeff Jones) “Powerdrive” CD review in Kerrang!

…simply put they are a damn fine melodic metal act smack in the middle of the Y&T/Dokken/XYZ vein. Anchored around guitarist JEFF JONES (who produced the record and produced all ten songs) the band copes with light and shade, ballads n’ bruisers effortlessly in their stride. “Wrong Side of Love” is the US single. Cocksure guitar with swagger and bullocks a plenty and a beautiful chorus reminiscent of Y&T in their earth shaker prime. Alls set to a pace that defies you not to tap your feet! Opener “Gonna Get Wild” is all Cult rythym and Crue mentality whilt “City Behind the walls is an almost Dio-esque plodder with far more class than Diohas managed lately. Next you have “Powerdrive” – meaty driving Dokken stuff- the gritty punch of “Street Lethal” and the obligatory big ballad “I Need Yout Touch”  straight out of the scorpions songbook, proving they can handle this sorta stuff with the same aplomb they’ve shown throughout the rest of the songs!

see also spaced and  rockhard


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