Another State of Grace

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Nuclear Blast, 2019)

Karakter: 5/6

black-star-riders-another-state-of-grace album cover.jpgThe fabulous Black Star Riders are back and this brand new offering of theirs oozes class and atmosphere all the way through. Many critics and fans and whatnot still either view or refer to this skilled ensemble as a Thin Lizzy offshoot of sorts, but the fact is that BSR is a tremendously strong and musically rewarding listen with a style and tone of its own – that is for damn sure.

“Another State of Grace” is as diverse and wonderfully melodic as it is memorable and confident. The huge and booming sound of the glorious thing reminds yours truly of some of the greatest classic rock acts of the 70s and 80s, but make no mistake; this 10-track LP is as sharp and current as they come. Boasting superb musicianship, incredibly well-written lyrics, and riveting tunes that crackle with energy and warmth, this album is a must-have if you consider yourself a fan of great and timeless hard rock. It is raw and gritty yet delicate and refined in places too, and it covers a lot of ground. Some songs are a little more adventurous and exciting than others, and the record is not nearly as flawless as its predecessor (“Heavy Fire”), but those are minor issues and the bottom line is that this 2019 output of theirs is an outstanding affair. Favorite cuts: the massive title track, the epic and thought-provoking “Why Do You Love Your Guns?”, and the driven “Poison Heart”.


Andre omtaler:

22.11.2019: RATTENFÄNGER - Geisslerlieder
21.11.2019: TUSMØRKE - Leker for Barn, Ritualer for Voksne
20.11.2019: WAYNE HUSSEY - Salad Daze
19.11.2019: ASHEN CROWN - Obsolescence
18.11.2019: BÖLZER - Lese Majesty
15.11.2019: THE END A.D. - Badlands
14.11.2019: KALDVARD - Dømt til Bål og Brann
13.11.2019: VINSTA - Drei Deita
12.11.2019: CREATURE - Hound
11.11.2019: MARA - Rök
10.11.2019: FROSTMOON ECLIPSE - Worse Weather to Come
09.11.2019: MARTIN POPOFF - Sensitive to Light - The Rainbow Story
08.11.2019: STEVE LAMACQ - Going Deaf for a Living
07.11.2019: RIMFROST - Expedition: Darkness
06.11.2019: PISSED REGARDLESS - Imperial Cult
05.11.2019: KONKHRA - Alpha And The Omega
04.11.2019: Costin Chioreanu & Sofia Sarri - Afterlife Romance
31.10.2019: COFFIN ROT - A Monument To The Dead
30.10.2019: MORTIFERUM - Disgorged From Psychotic Depths
29.10.2019: IRON AGE - The Sleeping Eye