Power of Metal.dk Review

Get Your Rock On
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 22 August , 2014
Playing time: 46:08

Jeremy Brunner is the founder/guitarist of this new American rock project, and he is a new name to me. He seems to have a love for catchy riffs, insightful lyrics and huge choruses. Some of the better musicians in Los Angeles have joined in including bassist James LoMenzo from White Lion, singer Keith St. John from Montrose, Burning Rain and this project hard-hitting drummer Fred Fischer from Midline.

I'm very familiar with the singer; Keith St. John from all amazing albums by Burning Rain and he is actually one of my favourite hard rock vocalists. When he got opportunity to sing all these well written songs and along with these talented, professional guys to play together with, he grows into a giant vocalist. The blend of the lovely 80's steaming hair rock songs and the charming AOR hooks, creates some warm, positive feel-good emotions.

This US project is a sensational debut from Jeremy, a new hard rock personality. Mr Brunner's love and fire for the melodic hard rock crawls out through the speakers and grabs my spine. I hear Night Ranger, Warrant, White Lion, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Whitesnake and Mötley Crüe. After several spins of 'Get Your Rock On', I have a bunch of new favourites I return to over and over again. The three opening songs; 'Love’s A Bitch', 'Get Your Rock On' and 'Steppin' On the Block' is the perfect way to open an album. 100% guitar fronted American rock 'n' roll!

The shiny ballad 'Baby Bye Bye' is one of the most sparkling gems on the disc. 'California' is the first single off the album and it is a radio friendly song and one of the most adapted tracks for the US market. Not my favourite song really. I prefer songs like; 'Turn the Noize Down', 'Rattlesnake Eyes' and the fine track 'Love Breaks the Fool'.

A mega strong debut from X-Drive and I'm confused how all the American record companies missed this project. I'm very pleased that Frontiers Records has the guts to release all these new projects/bands and with X-Drive they drew a winning ticket.

Thanks for the ride X-Drive!

Line up:
Keith St. John - Vocals
James LoMenzo - Bass
Jeremy Brunner - Guitar
Fred Fischer - Drums

01. Love's a Bitch
Get Your Rock On
Steppin On The Rock
Baby Bye Bye
Lay Me Down
Turn the Noize Down
Fly Beyond the Angels
Rattlesnake Eyes
Just Can't Stay
Change of Heart
12. Love Breaks The Fool
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 82/100
Reviewed by: Patrik J Skoglund
Date: 18 August, 2014
Website: www.x-drivemusic.com