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A rocker ...4 1/2 stars,
This review is from: All Hell Breaks Loose [Special Edition] (Audio CD)
Well, expectations from the band were clear as Scott Gorham had indicated that the Thin Lizzy sound will be present in the album (as respect for Phil Lynott the band at the last minute decided not to release this offering under the Thin Lizzy banner).
It doesn't seem to sound much like a Lizzy album on the title song `All Hell breaks loose' a nice rocker with a good riff . Good song with Ricky Warwick not sounding much like Phil Lynott, but all that changes with the next song `Bound for Glory' which starts very similar to early Lizzy number `South Bound', Phil's influence on Ricky's vocals and lyrics is very evident. The guitar work by Scott and Ricky (I guess) is totally reminiscent of the early Thin Lizzy dual guitar work. A great song in spite of it's the derivative nature.
`Kingdom of the lost' seems to be the bands effort to do a Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) with clear Irish influences and similar structuring, though in no way similar to the original.`Bloodshot' is another song one could attribute as an average Lizzy song.
The influence of Phil Lynott is though out the album... at times in the vocals, some times in the lyrics and also in the song arrangements... well the later can be expected as Scott is still the riff man.`Kissing the ground you walk on' is a good rocking number with the rhythm quite different to a normal Lizzy song.`Hey Judas' starts like a slower Lizzy number and moves to arrangements that are not common for Lizzy but the unmistakable vocal style keep one aware of the influences.
`Hoodoo voodoo' is a boogie rocker with Ricky at times trying a slightly different vocal angle (Billy Gibbons maybe) and the band sounds a bit different but there are still many similarities to Lizzy tucked in the song.With a `Cold Cold Sweat' sounding start `Valley of the Stone' is probably the most rocking number with some classic guitar hooks.`Blues ain't so bad' is a wonderful bluesy song; uncannily it feels like Phil's singing the blues.
Over all a good album for nostalgic Thin Lizzy fans as this album is very close to the Thin Lizzy sound we are all accustomed to. Now the question is should a singer copy his idol so much that he sounds totally like him, I really cannot answer that but this album does brings back memories of the great work by Thin Lizzy and is a great tribute to the band.
If one were to not compare this album with Thin Lizzy and take it just on its own value I would say it's a cool `Rocker' (pun intended) and like a breath of fresh air (despite it's somewhat lack of originality) in the current rock scene. A real nostalgic trip for us oldies with thundering guitar hooks, melodic solos and melancholy vocals that we sorely miss in the current scene.
Go for it or else miss some real cool rock n roll....