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Album Review

Thin Lizzy guitarist and songwriter Scott Gorham spent years debating whether to record new studio material under the band's storied name. Ultimately, he decided not to out of respect for Phil Lynott's memory. Gorham, vocalist Ricky Warwick (the Almighty), drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper, Megadeth), bassist Marco Mendoza (Ted Nugent, Whitesnake), and partner/guitarist Damon Johnson (Alice Cooper), are the Black Star Riders — named for an outlaw gang in the film Tombstone. All but the drummer have played in the re-formed Thin Lizzy, too. Their debut, All Hell Breaks Loose, features a classic hard rock attack, solid songwriting, and great production by Kevin Shirley. The trademark twin guitar sound of TL is ever present, as is their aggressive attack, melodic sensibility, and deep groove consciousness — Gorham was one of the architects of that sound. Other elements also here are the riff heroics of early Whitesnake, the bluesy dynamics of early Bad Company, and the meaty boogie of early UFO. All of it is contained in solid, narrative songwriting. This is riff-based hard rock with deft hooks and tight musical turns played by raucous guitars, enormous, natural-sounding drums, and a rhythm section which makes it crunch, swagger, and strut. It's sung by a frontman who can convey the weight convincingly. The single "Kingdom of the Lost" melds Lizzy's Black Rose-era Celtic flavor with the punk aesthetic of the Pogues (complete with pennywhistle intro). "Bound for Glory" could be a Lizzy anthem with twin guitars ablaze; it's Warwick's over-the-top tale of desperation to break out and break in. The chorus in "Kissin' the Ground" is infectious, while "Hoodoo Voodoo" is full of nasty chugging guitars and contains a knotty bridge. "Bloodshot," "Valley of the Stones," and set closer "Blues Ain't So Bad" (not a blues), are on the heavier end of the spectrum — that last one carries more than a hint of Robin Trower's influence. "Hey Judas" weds the gorgeous lyric and twin-guitar sound to a bludgeoning riff and a soulful chorus. The Black Star Riders are deeply entrenched in mid-'70s to early-'80s hard rock, but how could they not be? Most of these cats made that music to begin with. The surprise is that here they fire on all cylinders consistently. While other acts work diligently to re-create the sounds on All Hell Breaks Loose, the Black Star Riders offer them naturally with creativity, heft, and inspiration. [A Deluxe CD/DVD version was also released.]

Customer Reviews

My favorite album this year!!

I just found this CD while trolling iTunes and man am I glad I did! I have to research the lead singer but he is definitely chanelling Phil Lynott. Each of these songs sound like a reconstructed Lizzy song (which is an impressive thing to do) yet maintain their own individuality enough that the album is incredible on it's own. I discovered Lizzy the same year Phil Lynott passed away so I unfortunately never got to see them live. I am really hoping Black Star Riders come to the US. I will be first in line to see them! It's not hard to picture Mr. Lynott sitting up in Heaven with his headphones on, head slowly bobbing with a smile on his face, listening to this album cranked up to 10, thinking, "You guys did me proud"...... Way to go BSR! Keep up the great work!

Pretty Good So Far...

The lead single Bound For Glory is amazing, definatley worth 5 stars. The second single Kingdom Of The Lost is great as well, but the chorus could be better. Still excited for the full length album to come out.

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Formed: December, 2012 in United States

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '10s

The Black Star Riders is a hard rock band that grew out of the re-formation of Thin Lizzy. The band's roots go back to 2010 when longstanding guitarist Scott Gorham was re-forming the group (again -- there had been several reunions since 1996). The reunion members included Gorham, original drummer Brian Downey, former keyboard player Darren Wharton with bassist Marco Mendoza, vocalist Rick Warwick, and a series of guitarists including Viv Campbell, Richard Fortus, and eventually Damon Johnson. ...
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