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Another State of Grace - Black Star Riders

Not quite the Jailbreak

Another State of Grace is thus a plate of very mixed quality. The album has many good passages, and in fact the more phenomenal songs. The problem is that this is about a third, where the remaining two-thirds consists of moderately good songs and the songs a little below average. There are definitely more songs that I am going to return to several times over the next long period of time, but likewise, there are also songs, which I hardly get to listen much again. Black Star Riders sounds still so much like Thin Lizzy, but there is still a piece, before their plates would be comparable with albums like Black Rose and Jailbreak.


Ever since Thin Lizzy had their commercial breakthrough in the mid-seventies, they have served as inspiration for the vast majority of Hard Rock bands. This applies largely also for the band Black Star Riders, which, to their line-up taken into account, not anything strange. After several years of reunion-turnéeer under the Thin Lizzy name selected lead-guitarist Scott Gorham and lead singer Ricky Warwick, (who replaced Phil Lynott), it was time to release new music. None of them felt, however, that they could afford to publish it as Thin Lizzy, as the late Phil Lynott was such a crucial part of the band. Thus came to the Black Star Riders to the world in 2012. It has since been to the three sheets: All Hell Breaks Loose from the (2013), The Killer Instinct from the (2015) and the Heavy Fire from the (2017). Tradition and belief are thus ready with another album after two years. But has Another State of Grace something new to offer and something original with it? Or will it continue to try to take Thin Lizzys footsteps?

Funk, plagiarism and pure hardrock

The first impression I got of the plate, gave, in my opinion at least, a different term than what I was used to on the title track and lead single "Another State of Grace". Original I know, however, not quite, though I would call it, for when the riff started in the beginning of the song, I was much struck by a deja-vu, because there are really similarities between this riff and the sound heard in the Dropkick Murphys' "Shipping Up to Boston." This song is therefore enough never my favorite on the record, as it probably will be by with to sounds a bit plagiarized in my ear. The album's first song, "Tonight the Moonlight let Me Down", had in my opinion been a better bet for a single. Here, however, we have a song to do, there could hardly be much more Thin Lizzy – inspired- right from the restaurant offers (very Lynott-faith) vocals to the guitar harmonies.

"Soldier In the Ghetto" is another good example of one of the disc's highlights; the song manages to combine the solid hard rock with some more funkede elements, as a treble and not-so-heavy guitar, and an organ, that delivers a very upbeat intro. If it is a straight-edge hard rock you're looking for, this is also fulfilled, eeksempelvis with the riff-based "Standing In the Line of Fire". But just as good as the album may be, just so elongated, it can also work. This is especially the case with the album's quieter songs. "Why Do You Love Your Guns" is in my ears a song with a good message, but unfortunately it will be brought forward in a less articulate way. Also, there is the little "lejrbålsguitar-" driven "What Will It Take", there is also going to appear a little bit cheesy.

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