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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
All Hell Breaks Loose [Special Edition]
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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.
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on 27 April 2017
Bought with some trepidation as I'd never heard these before. After reading some articles about the band in Classic rock magazine, I decided to take punt.
With a fine CV between them e.g... .. Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, amongst others I was blown away with this record.
From opener, All hell breaks loose, this album does not let up.
Stand out tune for me is Kingdom of the lost, a Celtic rocker that reels you in and beats you up. It's a stonking tune.
This CD is amazing and a superb addition to anyone's collection.
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on 1 June 2013
Being a fan of both Lizzy and Ricky Warwick, this was a no-brainer even before I'd heard a note.
Thankfully it exceeds expectations, and it hasn't come out of the CD player since it arrived.

I think it's a great album that of course has some Lizzy sound cross-over, but without sounding like a tribute band.
Don't dither, get it !

Regarding the occasional negative review about "disrespecting Phil", the fact that they changed their name should've silenced that.
Some people have to have something to moan about I suppose, and will continue.
Also, I've been listening to Ricky for about 25 years now, in various bands, and he's not "impersonating" Phil (or Gary Moore, as someone suggested !!!) he's always sounded like that.

Hopefully the album and tour do well, cos I'd certainly like to hear more in the future !!
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on 6 May 2017
So annoyed I have not had this album for longer. Have gone on and bought the other 2 albums and can't wait for another to be released.
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on 26 June 2013
As most will know, Black Star Riders was born from the remains of the Thin Lizzy. The change of name being out of respect to Phil Lynott, because he had been on all of their albums. However, this album has that classic Lizzy sound and in my opinion would not have been out of place as the next album. Great songs, great writing. Originally heard Bound for Glory and Kingdom of the Lost before the album was released and was hooked from then on.

Would def recommend this to any Lizzy fan and anyone who loves to hear good old fashioned rock and roll.
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on 28 April 2017
was a big fan of thin lizzy this band are good sucssesors to them
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on 21 October 2017
Brilliant. Good rockin' music. Love it.
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on 6 June 2017
Great CD arrived quickly.
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on 11 July 2017
Nice to hear scot gorham still playing sounds a bit like Thin lizzy but not as good but i shouldn't really compare them with the great Thin lizzy but not a bad steve horton
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on 27 April 2017
Excellengt
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