The Black Star Riders have done it again and might I say, even better this time around. With their new album “Another State Of Grace” the band are firing on all cylinders. And let’s be honest, if you’re a Thin Lizzy fan, this is right line with the rest of their outstanding discography, as well. Ricky Warwick‘s vocals are incredible and powerful throughout this whole album. These songs have all of the energy, plus a lot of heartfelt emotion in the lyrical content. One song that’s bound to be controversial, depending on your political leanings, is “Why Do You Love Your Guns?” It’s an emotionally charged song that’s timing is more than relevant, considering the number of recent mass shootings in the U.S. lately. Depending on your point of view regarding the 2nd Amendment, you might love it or hate, but either way, the statement is profound and leaves you contemplating the question of how can we fix the problems of our world today. Opening the album is “Tonight The Moonlight Let Me Down”. An excellent track that Phil Lynott surely would have been proud of. I honestly couldn’t find a single track that feels like “filler” in any way. The band has indeed outdone themselves with an album of all “A” side material that really deserves your attention. In a time when so many people are quick to proclaim that rock music is either dead or on life support, this is a prime example of how great a rock album can be. “Another State Of Grace” deserves to be on everyone’s lists for top rock albums of the year, if not the top spot itself. Do yourself a favor and go out and pick this album up, download it or stream it ASAP. It’s simply an instant classic in every way.
Artist: Black Star Riders
Album: Another State Of Grace
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: September 6, 2019
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron
01. Tonight The Moonlight Let Me Down
02. Another State Of Grace
03. Ain’t The End Of The World
04. Underneath The Afterglow
05. Soldier In The Ghetto
01. Why Do You Love Your Guns?
02. Standing In The Line Of Fire
03. What Will It Take?
04. In The Shadow Of The War Machine
05. Poisoned Heart
Ricky Warwick – Vocals/Guitar, Scott Gorham – Guitars, Christian Martucci – Guitars, Robert Crane – Bass, and Chad Szeliga – Drums