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Classic Lizzy sound but Black Star Riders put their own mark on it.
on 30 May 2013
This is not Thin Lizzy.It is however an album hugely influenced by Lizzy.Scott Gorham was 1/4 of the classic Lizzy line up so has every right to be part of their legacy. He has a distinctive guitar sound which of course is evident throughout. I have always liked Ricky Warwick and his vocals sound the same as he has always sounded. Maybe the odd phrasing is similar to Phil Lynott as is the way some lines are delivered.There is some of the twin and harmony guitar play that Lizzy made their own evident throughout. Damon Johnson supplys plenty of blistering guitar play.Mendozo and Degrasso are both solid giving a platform for the rest of the band to perform.The music far exceeded my expectations and I cannot find a track I do not like. Bound For Glory has perhaps become over familiar as the safe track to introduce the band (in advance of the album) with its obvious comparison to the classic Lizzy sound.All Hell Breaks Loose the opener while a little restrained has a great guitar solo. Kingdom Of The Lost has an obvious Celtic sound. Bloodshot has an Irish feeling with its guitar hook.Kissin The Ground and Hey Judas have Warwick's delivery of his vocals close to Phil Lynott but sounding 100% Warwick.The guitar solos in both songs a strong nod to Lizzy.Hoodoo Voodoo has a very catchy hook which is infectious and I defy anyone not to tap their feet or nod their head.Another great guitar harmony and solo. Valley Of The Stones picks up the tempo a little with guitars full on. Someday Salvation brings the music back down a little but is another catchy little number.Before The War full of emotion with a killer guitar solo that sadly ends too soon. For me the standout track is Blues Ain't So Bad.Haunting riff a real blues song as the title suggests.The guitar work makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and Warwick's vocals have never been better.Bonus track Right To Be Wrong a straight ahead rock song. In short a great album which I can highly recommend and guarantee it will not leave my playlist for some considerable time.Black Star Riders have arrived can't wait for the tour.