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A New Supergroup Is Here: Black Star Riders

If you dig Thin Lizzy, then you're going to love Black Star Riders. The new supergroup, featuring Thin Lizzy alumni, will release a debut album on May 28. Here's some information about the new band. The song below is very promising.

BLACK STAR RIDERS - the new band formed by THIN LIZZY alumni Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar) and Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso on drums - will release its debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose on May 28 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. While THIN LIZZY will continue on an occasional basis, BLACK STAR RIDERS is a full-time band described as "the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story". All Hell Breaks Loose was recorded and mixed by producer Kevin Shirley (LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, RUSH) at The Cave studios in Malibu, California. Mastering duties were handled by Bob Ludwig (JIMI HENDRIX, RUSH, KISS, LED ZEPPELIN) at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine.


Reader Comments (10)

So far, I have mixed emotions about this song. The song itself is actually not bad at all. that said, what I don't get is this...Why ditch the Thin Lizzy name, only to release new material that sounds exactly like Thin Lizzy? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they stopped calling themselves Thin Lizzy because Scott Gorham is the only member of the current lineup who has any right to that name. but if all they're going to do with this new material is copy every single nuance of the Thin Lizzy sound, they might as well have kept the Thin Lizzy name.

One final thought, although Ricky Warwick has a decent voice, I don't understand what he is trying to prove by doing a Phil Lynott impression. It's like he's going out of his way to pronounce every single word the way that Lynott would have pronounced it, and it just bugs me. I am sure I will calm down about this as time goes on, but this is the way I feel right now.

Black Star Riders is indeed a super group of very talented musicians, who are trying way too hard to sound like Thin Lizzy when only one member of this band was a real member of that band.
April 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbob
The song sounds way too much like boys are back in town.
April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian L
Bob nailed it. These guys have the right idea changing their name.

They just needed to change their sound to go with it.

How many bands have we pleaded with to do so when they take it one step beyond scab level, especially when they lose their singer.

Not only should the lead singer walk away from the ghost of Phil Lynott (His impression is almost cartoonish), the band as a whole should leave the production team behind as well. The guitars particularly possess too much of that 70's "Recorded in a Tin Can" sound.

And Bri, I half disagree with you. Remember the guitars behind the choruses of "The Boys Are Back In Town" had a much deeper dual "E-Chord" quality than anything on this song, which is what it lacks.

As legendary as the producer and mixer are, BSR should have gone for Tom Werman (Of Crüe and Cheap Trick fame, among countless others), if he's alive. He would have given 'em more b*lls AND still retained that 70's sound. And judging from some of the comments Werman has made in the past, he would have also had the b*lls to tell the singer to cut the Lynott parody.

Still, for some baffling reason, BSR were going for that Thin Lizzy sound and that is what they got. And so did we, unfortunately. I give it a 5.
April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
They changed the name so they could keep all the money and not have to share it with Phil's Estate.
They are still playing off of the Thin Lizzy sound obviously.
The singer use to be in Brother Cane so I dont why he doesnt try singing in hi own voice and style.
this song FAILS!
April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSleaze Rocker
This song reminds me more of 'Waiting For an Alibi'....... idea;
I think this band is trying to capture the Thin Lizzy fan base out of the US so they dont get stuck playing so many crappy clubs. Maybe they can be a support act. 'Borrowing' the Lizzy sound in the European Market pushes them more to the mainstream. Playing the bigger festivals and crowds.
April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
This was originally going to be a new Thin Lizzy album until the Lynott estate expressed concern about new material being released under that name.
Sleaze Rocker - Damon Johnson from Brother Cane is on guitar, vocals are by Ricky Warwick formerly in the Almighty.
April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony
Definitely agree with what you guys are saying. That lineup all on their own (in their previous bands) created some kick ass music. I don't mind them being "influenced" by the Thin Lizzy sound, but I would have liked to have heard what they would have come up with not playing so far to that angle.

Warwick has a cool voice, too bad about the Phil impression.
April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEndo
Well, you guys really know what your talking about. I, quite candidly, unfortunately, do not.

Sleaze Rocker and Tony! What you say makes absolutely total sense. They changed their name simply because they don't want to have to pay Lynott's Estate.

That explains the name change and the lack of change to the music.

But how sad it is these guys aren't willing to change their sound to something a little more "original" given their pedigrees. Hey, I guess ya gotta make a buck somehow.
April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Metalboy! - I never said anything about money, simply that the Lynott estate (& many fans) are 'uncomfortable' with the idea of a new album under the Thin Lizzy name.
April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony
Right. Thanks, Tony, for setting me straight! Rockin' Regards!
April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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