Thin Lizzy guitarist and songwriter Scott Gorham spent years debating whether to record new studio material under the band's storied name. Ultimately, he decided not to out of respect for Phil Lynott's memory. Gorham, vocalist Ricky Warwick (the Almighty), drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper, Megadeth), bassist Marco Mendoza (Ted Nugent, Whitesnake), and partner/guitarist Damon Johnson (Alice Cooper), are the Black Star Riders – named for an outlaw gang in the film Tombstone. All but the drummer have played in the re-formed Thin Lizzy, too. Their debut, All Hell Breaks Loose, features a classic hard rock attack, solid songwriting, and great production by Kevin Shirley.
This Northern Ireland band came out of the gate swinging in 2013 with their EP ‘Talk’s Cheap‘, showing us a glimpse of what these guys were able to bring to the table. The following year, in 2014, we saw the release of their first full length album, ‘Quid Pro Quo‘, a wonderful 80’s sounding record with some great songs and definitely a couple of steps up from the EP, proving the band had the chops it would take to be relevant in this genre. Then 2016 came and with it came Maverick’s sophmore album, ‘Big Red‘, a record that saw the band really hitting their stride and completely by-passing the sophmore jinx. They took everything that worked with the EP and ‘Quid Pro Quo‘ and built on it, making it even better.
Dark Star Safari, a newly formed group featuring Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Eivind Aarset and Samuel Rohrer present its eponymous recording debut, an evocative song-driven album. These songs conjure shadows of memory, clouds of dreaming and silhouettes of foreboding through the album’s layered, many-textured fabrics and Jan Bang's silken delivery of Erik Honoré's acute lyrics.