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First Album In 25 Years On The Way From St. Elmo's Fire

After several delays and lineup changes, California based metal band St. Elmo's Fire has started recording the fifth studio album "Across the Nations," the first album since 1992. The new album features twelve tracks, one of which was originally written for the "Desperate Years" album in '92 but was never recorded.

The band issued its first four albums via Germany's Pure Steel/Karthago Records ("St. Elmo's Fire," "Warning From the Sky," "Powerdrive" and "Desperate Years") as limited edition numbered collectors CDs. The success of those reissues led to the band's new recording.

Guitarist, songwriter and founding member Jeff Jones started writing the new material for "Across the Nations" during the reissue process. "It was a real chore trying to write new songs while getting the original masters, liner notes, lyric sheets and everything else together for the reissues.”

Lineup changes also made getting the new album off the ground difficult. Jones decided to quit Bay Area thrash band Trauma because of time and creative constraints. Original St. Elmo's Fire drummer Kris Gustofson was replaced by Freakshow drummer Tom Frost. Bassist Chris Stringari of Ikki Crane and Cemetary was added as well. Vocalist Kevin Brady completes the new lineup.

Jones also added: ”This album was partially crowd funded. We thought that giving our fans a chance to help us make this record would be a win-win kind of thing. The support was overwhelming." The new album is scheduled for a 2017 release. More information is expected soon.

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