Black Star Riders

White-hot metal for your red-hot summer

Metallurgy

Thin Lizzy's current incarnation, led by classic-era mainstay Scott Gorham, changed its name when it came time for new music, so as not to blemish the late Phil Lynott's legacy. Ironic, then, that the best tracks on the L.A. quintet's debut LP scan the most Lizzy-like. Some songs truck in hard rock so generic it should be barcoded, but when Gorham cranks his signature guitar style and Ricky Warwick channels the fallen bandleader's bark on "Hey Judas," "Someday Salvation," and "Bound For Glory," the ghost of Lynott raises a pint. ***

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