• Mon. May 20th, 2024

Black Star Riders – Thin Lizzy Spin-Off Band Returns With Heavy Fire!

In a relatively short period of time, Black Star Riders has unleashed their THIRD album on the masses.

For the unfamiliar, Black Star Riders is a Thin Lizzy spin-off band, featuring the musicians of that group recording/touring/releasing new music under a different name out of respect to Lizzy’s late frontman, Phil Lynott. Heavy Fire, released in February 2017, is the third release from the group.

The band features classic Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham, as well as vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarist Damon Johnson (Brother Cane), bassist Robbie Crane (Ratt), and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T).




Black Star Riders has managed to impress me immensely, putting out a great deal of studio material in a limited time, with albums and songs that impress. Overall the group takes an old Thin Lizzy-esque sound, but puts a modern spin on it. At times it feels like Ricky Warwick is truly conjuring up the spirit of Phil Lynott, but this is certainly not a “copycat” group of the old days either. It is one of the few combinations of “old school” and “new school” rock sounds that actually works, and it has for three albums thus far.

In all honesty, this is probably the weakest of the three BSR releases to date, but that certainly does not mean it is a weak album. From start to finish, the group delivers true rock and roll, yet you get your share of the occasional surprises and unexpected cuts as well. If you have heard the previous BSR albums you probably have a pretty good idea of what to expect here already, and that is certainly not a bad thing.

To date, my personal favorite BSR record is the debut, All Hell Breaks Loose, but Heavy Fire is a worth addition to the band’s steadily growing catalogue. It is not their best work, but stands as a respectable addition to the discography. Strongly recommended!



By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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