Power of Metal.dk Review

Black Star Riders
All Hell Breaks Loose
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 24 May, 2013
Playing time: 46:21

Scott Gorham's Thin Lizzy could be the alternative name of the Black Star Riders. The long awaited album from the gang that sailed around under the flag of Thin Lizzy for years, did not want to continue to milking the crowds for entrance money to hear the songs that are constantly associated with the excellent and irreplaceable Phil Lynnott. Scott put it this way: "Out of respect to Phil Lynott and the legacy he created".

I liked John Sykes time in the reconstructed Lizzy during 90's, but was extremely disappointed last time when they visited Sweden Rock Festival with the North Irish singer Ricky Warwick on vocals in 2010. They sounded pretty uninspired, tired and lacking energy. When the information came that they would record new material under a new name, I was curious to analyze how this would sound, and already one minute into the first track fans of the green Irish rock n roll with a lot of character came blasting out of my speakers.

There is no doubt that they longed to record their own material on record and to tour under their own name. Ricky is very close in the voice to a certain Lynott. Really catchy and with his own footprint, but he will be associated with older Thin Lizzy discs.

It's spirited, modern and alert while the blues-influenced guitar sound creates a swinging coating with the high quality rock legacy of the unique Irish sound, the one Lizzy created. All eleven tracks are not real top tracks, but it's a good mix of candies in the candy bag, where I found a few favourites that I will look forward hearing this summer, then I will stand way ahead in the audience. Not an earthshaking album, but a very good purchase indeed.

01. All Hell Breaks Loose
Bound For Glory
Kingdom Of The Lost
Kissin' The Ground
Hey Judas
Hoodoo Voodoo
Valley Of The Stones
Someday Salvation
Before The War
11. Blues Ain't So Bad
Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: Sony Music (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 86/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 14 May, 2013
Website: blackstarriders.com Info - W E T - Rise Up