BLACK STAR RIDERS - the new band formed by members of the reborn THIN LIZZY -- 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, Calif. Bob Ludwig (JIMI HENDRIX, RUSH, KISS, LED ZEPPELIN) mastered the record at Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine.
The results of these combined efforts are truly astounding. Black Star Riders don’t sound like an updated version of Thin Lizzy. They don’t even sound like the world’s best Thin Lizzy tribute band. What this band sound like is mid-70s era Thin Lizzy, put in a time machine, and transported here with a new record already in the can.
BLACK STAR RIDERS formed in December 2012, when members of the most recent line-up of THIN LIZZY decided to record new material, but chose not to release it under the THIN LIZZY name both "out of respect to Phil Lynott and the legacy he created" and "because this band has to stand on its own." Gorham insists that the new band could not sound like THIN LIZZY without Lynott, but both Johnson and Warwick believe the new material has a "classic Lizzy vibe." They couldn’t be more right.
"The BLACK STAR RIDERS record is wholly and completely influenced by THIN LIZZY, by, specifically, the classic line-up of the band between 1974 and 1980," says Birmingham, Ala., native Johnson, once a member of Alice Cooper's band along with DeGrasso and before then founder of the greatly under-appreciated Brother Cane. "That's the line-up fans gravitated towards the most. It's that period of time creatively that had the biggest impact, the most staying power. It's certainly the stuff that changed my life, long before I ever dreamt of meeting Scott Gorham and Brian Downey. So once I joined THIN LIZZY and the discussion of writing came up, obviously I was elated, because it was an open palette."
Scott Gorham thinks the late, great Phil Lynott would be down with the program. "Phil would dig it," he muses. "In fact, I think he'd like to be in the band."
1.) All Hell Breaks Loose
2.) Bound For Glory
3.) Kingdom Of The Lost
5.) Kissin' The Ground
6.) Hey Judas
7.) Hoodoo Voodoo
8.) Valley Of The Stones
9.) Someday Salvation
10.) Before The War
11.) Blues Ain't So Bad
Check BSR's debut track 'Bound For Glory' out for yourself below. Then have a look at a 24-min compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band's studio time in Los Angeles.