STRIKEFORCE – Elegant Steel (2015)
US Midwest hard rockers STRIKEFORCE are some kind of legend in the underground (and not so) scene, as they exist since 1982 having released several albums and shared the stage with the likes of Survivor, Eddie Money, Styx, Kansas and a lot more. Still today, the members in Strikeforce are no strangers to the touring circuit and are veterans of the road with 100 plus dates a year.
After many years out of the recording Strikeforce is back with “Elegant Steel“, an EP produced by Jason McEntire (Ken Hensley) and mastered by talented Michael Voss at Kidd Room Studios in Munich, Germany.
Strikeforce have been morphing over the years playing hard rock, melodic metal and now are more inclined to melodic hard rock sounds, all wrapped by a classic rock feel.
This five song EP is jam-packed with catchy hooks and high energy songs, all guitar driven and with smooth melodic vocals, in a style that to my ears recall Y&T.
These are tunes tailor-made for good-times whether you’re partying or hitting the open highway, as heard on the contagious opener “All About the Money”, a rippin’ hardrocker where the vocals are spot on. A track you’ll be singing in your sleep.
“Let Me Rock U” is another cut that can stand head-to-toes with many (historically untouchable) Mötley Crüe songs and I’m not talking junk here at all. “Live Action” is a freaking refreshing way to dropkick any bad moment in life.
Yeah, Strikeforce is a tried and true Hard Rock force, from their songwriting to their musicianship, with Duke Jackson shredding away in a great Dave Meniketti-like style.
Daryn Unterbrink’s melodious vocals are another high point here, this guy can sing, while the rhythm section does a bang-up job and everything just comes together so ideally on “Elegant Steel”.
A very recommended slice of true US Hard Rock.
1 – All About The Money
2 – Falling Down
3 – Live Action
4 – Doomsday
5 – Let Me Rock U
Duke Jackson – guitars
Daryn Steel Unterbrink – vocals
James Murphy – bass
Jimmy Burdette – drums
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