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  • By the time the mighty Thin Lizzy machine was beginning to grind to a halt Phil Lynott decide to inject new blood in the band once more and roll the dice. Insert John Sykes to the two-headed monster of guitarist Scott Gorham and whoever Lizzy got to play axe with him. The swan song from the band delivers like a white-hot burning pile of anvils. The title track will want to make even the most calm individual break a pool que over someone nearby’s head at the sheer intensity and voracity of the production. After that the band delivers a collection of well made hard rock and roll. There is no filler on this release and each song is unique unto itself and a credit to the often maligned genre. In the meantime, Gorham’s heavy vibrato-laden melodic solos hit even harder as Sykes extraordinary blistering technique pushes Gorham’s work completely out of the envelope. The wonderful Lynott vocal melodies are hard at work here as well, bringing unexpected hooks to songs such as “This is the One” “Bad Habits” “Sun Goes Down” and “Baby Please don’t go”. This was the perfect album for the band to leave as it’s final piece of work. It puts a final head-banging stamp on what is arguably the best body of work ever achieved by a band in its genre.

    Posted on February 19, 2010