Origin: Camborne, England  
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Page online: September 30, 2008
Last update/review: September 30, 2008

Chain Lightning

This British combo dates back to the late eighties, formed by guitarist Jake Williams (at the time going by the name Lin Tremayne, part of his real full name) around 1988. Members came and went and a couple of demos were released in the early nineties, but it wasn't until 2007 that a debut album, Bolt From The Blue, was released. This is prime 80's-inspired British rock/metal, even infusing a bit of the NWOBHM sound, nothing complicated really but effective nonetheless, with vocalist Derek Hodd (a one-time, short-lived singer in Cloven Hoof) providing clear, strong vocals atop Williams' riffs. This is really a throwback, definitely not a contemporary sound, but the world could certainly use some more bands embracing the old classic metal style.

Last Lineup

Derek Hodd


Jake Williams


Ivan Wellington


Tim Evans



Bolt From The Blue  
2007 self-released
  1. We Are Fire
  2. Lovelies
  3. I Could Have Loved You
  4. Heartbreak
  5. Dirty Loving
  6. Chain Lightning
  7. Bolt from the Blue
  8. Waiting
  9. Some of Us
  10. Harvest of Fouls
  • Derek Hodd
  • Jake Williams
  • Ivan Wellington
  • Tim Evans

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