BLACK STAR RIDERS
1. All Hell Breaks Loose (4:15)
Many members of Thin Lizzy have done shows and toured playing tribute to Thin Lizzy and Philip Lynott. Guitarist John Sykes apparently convinced Scott Gorham to get back on the road and tour under the Thin Lizzy banner. This band toured for years. I saw them opening for Deep Purple and quite enjoyed the show even if it wasn't Phil behind the mic. However, it also wasn't quite the same either. Eventually Sykes left the fold and in more recent years ex-Almighty frontman RickyWarwick was brought on to perform the vocals. Eventually the band started to talk about recording new music and releasing it under the Thin Lizzy banner, which would be the first since 1983’s "Thunder and Lightning". Eventually, however, they decided to change the name since it just wouldn't be the same without Philip. As well Brian Downey and Darren Wharton declined to get involved, thus Black Star Riders was born. Ricky Warwick - vocals & guitar, Scott Gorham - guitars, Damon Johnson - guitars, Marco Mendoza - bass and Jimmy DeGrasso - drums.
As might be expected from a band that has been touring as Thin Lizzy for years, the music on "All Hell Breaks Loose" is very much in the style of classic twin-guitar Thin Lizzy. In fact, much of the music contained falls somewhere between "Black Rose" and "Chinatown" with a few songs even recalling earlier recordings. The band use of Dubliner Patrick D'arcy's Irish whistles, uilleann pipes and bodhran on "Kingdom Of The Lost" most definitely recalls "Black Rose". "Bound for Glory" was the albums first single and features some of those dual guitar harmonies that Lizzy made famous. Of all the songs on this album it sounds the most Lizzy-like of the bunch. It really could have been a lost Thin Lizzy track. Oddly enough Scott Gorham had nothing to do with the writing of this song. One track that definitely stands out is "Blues Ain't So Bad" a song with a dark groove
The biggest question will be, what about the vocals? Ricky Warwick does have the sly coolness and some of the vocals stylings of Phil Lynott, but he is not a clone either. However, on songs like "Bound for Glory" or "Kindgom of the Lost" Warwick definitely recalls the spirit of The Rocker.
Black Star Riders is not Thin Lizzy, nor are they a Thin Lizzy tribute. This is former Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham's new band. In as much, they have written an album of songs that honors the spirit of Lizzy while managing to sound like a new band.