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Black Star Riders
All Hell Breaks Loose
July 2013
Released: 2013, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

From out of the ashes of Thin Lizzy comes Black Star Riders. The majority of the last touring version of Thin Lizzy have recruited Jimmy DeGrasso on drums to replace Brian Downey while keyboardist Darren Wharton wasn’t replaced. This new line-up did the right thing and did not use the Thin Lizzy moniker. In all reality it is just Scott Gorham remaining. Either way the Thin Lizzy influence is heavy and Phil would be proud.

Being a casual fan of Thin Lizzy, a lover of Ricky Warwick’s LOVE MANY, TRUST FEW album and a huge supporter/fan of Damon’s work with Alice Cooper, Slave To The System and even Whiskey Falls I knew this had to be good. The expectations were extremely high for this debut album. When the first single “Bound For Glory” was released I felt it had the right amount of Thin Lizzy influence without going into tribute mode. Needless to say I was even more psyched for this album to be released.

As soon as the title track started I couldn’t help but compare the first 3-4 seconds to Mother Lover Bone. It sounded very reminiscent of “This Is Shangrila” but after those first several seconds it was pure and original BSR. The remainder of the song was a guitar driven rocker with Gorham delivering some killer leads. The Irish influence is very heavy on “Kingdom Of The Lost”, especially during the intro where you begin to think it could be a Traditional Irish song. It then it kicks in and we are treated to another heavy rocker. The next trio of tracks have more of the TL vibe going on, especially “Hey Judas”. It is as though Phil’s spirt is being channeled through Ricky. This could easily have been sung by Lynott and sounded almost identical. The other song like this is “Someday Salvation” where the vibes are strong.

A killer debut that delivers. Expectations were high and the Black Star Riders don’t disappoint. The musicianship,’s all here. This is how it is supposed to be.
Track Listing

1."All Hell Breaks Loose"  
2."Bound for Glory"  
3."Kingdom of the Lost"  
5."Kissin' the Ground"  
6."Hey Judas"  
7."Hoodoo Voodoo"  
8."Valley of the Stones"  
9."Someday Salvation"  
10."Before the War"  
11."Blues Ain't So Bad"  


Ricky Warwick – vocals, guitar
Scott Gorham – lead guitar
Damon Johnson – lead guitar
Marco Mendoza – bass guitar
Jimmy DeGrasso – drums



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