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“[The Killer Instinct]’s a cooker. You’ll be pumping your fist in no time. Mr. Lynott would be proud.” – VINTAGE GUITAR Magazine

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Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

A few years ago, a rejuvenated lineup of Thin Lizzy hit the road, earning great acclaim thanks to longtime Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham, singer Ricky Warwick (The Almighty), and later, co-riffer Damon Johnson (Brother Cane). When it came to recording a studio album on their own, they renamed themselves Black Star Riders and now offer up their second album. It’s a cooker. The blistering opener, “The Killer Instinct,” is right in the Thin Lizzy pocket with guitar harmonies, off-beat chord hits, and a Phil Lynott-styled delivery from Warwick (who also adds acoustic guitar here and there).

Gorham takes the guitar lead in his trademark melodic style and you’ll be pumping your fist in no time. “Finest Hour” is a radioready rocker with Johnson’s hot fret work, while “Bullet Blues” is a stomper reminiscent of the ’76 track “Rocky.” “Soldierstown” brings the classic “Emerald” to mind, but it’s all in good spirit and, surely, Black Star Riders wears its Lizzy heritage proudly. Considering that the original band’s last album was released in ’83, you have to commend BSR for keeping alive the spirit of this Irish institution. Mr. Lynott would be proud. – Pete Prown

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AMPS & GREEN SCREENS – 9.5/10:

[S]earing solos that could sizzle up the eggs needed for an Ulster Fry back in my beloved Belfast!  BLACK STAR RIDERS have outdone themselves on this record. The Killer Instinct is an album that any and every rock fan should be buying on February 24. Case closed, chapter ended, book DONE.

http://ampsandgreenscreens.com/2015/02/23/black-star-riders-the-killer-instinct/

NEW NOISE MAGAZINE – 4/5 stars:

BLACK STAR RIDERS have genuinely mastered what a classic rock band should sound like in 2015: a little bit heavy, a lot of bit catchy and all of their songs tell interesting stories.

http://newnoisemagazine.com/album-review-black-star-riders-the-killer-instinct/

SCREAMER MAGAZINE:

To single out one song would be foolish as this whole album, The Killer Instinct, just brings out the inner rocker in everyone.

http://screamermagazine.com/reviews/black-star-riders-%C2%AD-killer-instinct-laura-de-gaetano/

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INSIDE METAL INTERVIEWS BLACK STAR RIDERS BASSIST ROBBIE CRANE

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The new BSR CD is absolutely KILLER!! I haven’t stopped listening to it since the day I got it! THe songs are brilliant, every song!! Easily one of the best new albums I’ve heard in years!! Thanks so much for the advance!

- Bob Nalbandian

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Long-time music journalist & Inside Metal filmmaker Bob Nalbandian recently hosted BLACK STAR RIDERS bassist Robbie Crane at the TradioV Studios in Hollywood to discuss his career, his recruitment into BSR, and his work on the band’s second studio album The Killer Instinct, released yesterday in North America.

Watch the interview – which includes tales of Robbie’s start in the music business, his time at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, his work with RATT, LYNCH MOB, STEVE STEVENS, and VINCE NEIL (MÖTLEY CRÜE), and participation from band manager Adam Parsons – on TradioV.com.

Hailed for its “burly American musculature” by Guitar World magazine, this second offering by melodic hard rock super group BLACK STAR RIDERS is a celebrated contribution into the pantheon of rock music.

Check out BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist Damon Johnson & vocalist Ricky Warwick performing the album’s title track on Amazon.com’s Front Row Exclusive here: https://www.facebook.com/BlackStarRidersOfficial/posts/737092966390042

Watch Damon & Ricky perform three exclusive, live, acoustic BLACK STAR RIDERS tracks from the new album on the Radial Live YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/lWhbIcQdISo?list=PLB4brr7vf-P7rdX5OYLLJov84TnTea0Aq

Listen to The Killer Instinct in its entirety with commentary from Ricky Warwick on Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/user/blackstarriders/playlist/3ODcfJPl5N2q1py8Jk7DAu.

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Left to right: Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham, Jimmy DeGrasso, Ricky Warwick, and Robbie Crane

BLACK STAR RIDERS will be playing five U.S. dates (three as special guests to EUROPE) following their appearance on this year’s Monsters Of Rock cruise:

04/23/15  Kewadin Casino – Sault St. Marie, MI

04/24/15  Potawatomi Casino – Milwaukee, WI (with EUROPE)

04/25/15  Fineline Café – Minneapolis, MN

04/28/15  House of Blues – Chicago, IL  (with EUROPE) [BUY TICKETS]

04/30/15  Irving Plaza – New York, NY (with EUROPE) [BUY TICKETS]

Pre-sale ticket links are available on the official BLACK STAR RIDERS Facebook page.

The Killer Instinct was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON) and is a perfectly crafted collection of musical short stories seasoned with harmonized guitar riffs, barbed wire choruses, and a level of musicianship that will stand the test of time.  One listen to “Through The Motions,” “Finest Hour,” “Soldierstown,” “Blindsided,” and “Sex, Guns & Gasoline” proves the timelessness of emotions evoked by quality songwriting.

The Killer Instinct features the following all-star line-up of seasoned professionals:

·         Guitarist Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY, 21 GUNS)

·         Vocalist Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY, THE ALMIGHTY)

·         Guitarist Damon Johnson (THIN LIZZY, ALICE COOPER, BROTHER CANE)

·         Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, MEGADETH)

·         Bassist Robbie Crane (RATT, LYNCH MOB)

Long-time guitar hero Scott Gorham shares: “THIN LIZZY is a known situation, but with BLACK STAR RIDERS we’re moving into uncharted territory and that’s pretty damned exciting. I’m having more fun playing right now than I have in years.”

The Killer Instinct can be ordered in multiple formats (domestic, import, and exclusive vinyl) from the album’s landing page http://smarturl.it/BSR-Killer-Instinct & participating U.S. retailers: http://bit.ly/bsr-tki-retailers.

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Watch the official music video for “Finest Hour” here: http://youtu.be/iRZa-qf7haw?list=PLB4brr7vf-P7rdX5OYLLJov84TnTea0Aq.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS’ 2013 debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose, debuted on the following four American Billboard charts:

·         #5 – Heatseekers chart

·         #15 – Hard Rock Albums chart

·         #20 – Tastemaker Albums chart

·         #35 – Top Independent Albums chart

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BLACK STAR RIDERS: THE KILLER INSTINCT OUT TODAY!

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BLACK STAR RIDERS: THE KILLER INSTINCT OUT TODAY!

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The Killer Instinct, the sophomore album featuring what Guitar World magazine is calling “burly American musculature” by melodic hard rock super group BLACK STAR RIDERS, is out today!

To celebrate this shining contribution into the chronicles of rock’s inter-generational legacy, RadialLive has released another exclusive, live acoustic track, “Charlie I Gotta Go,” on the Radial Live YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/lWhbIcQdISo?list=PLB4brr7vf-P7rdX5OYLLJov84TnTea0Aq

Check out BLACK STAR RIDERS guitarist Damon Johnson & vocalist Ricky Warwick performing the album’s title track on Amazon.com’s Front Row Exclusive here: https://www.facebook.com/BlackStarRidersOfficial/posts/737092966390042

Listen to The Killer Instinct in its entirety with commentary from Ricky Warwick on Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/user/blackstarriders/playlist/3ODcfJPl5N2q1py8Jk7DAu.

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Left to right: Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham, Jimmy DeGrasso, Ricky Warwick, and Robbie Crane

For a list of music retailers carrying The Killer Instinct, visit http://bit.ly/bsr-tki-retailers.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS will be playing five U.S. dates (three as special guests to EUROPE) following their appearance on this year’s Monsters Of Rock cruise:

04/23/15  Kewadin Casino – Sault St. Marie, MI

04/24/15  Potawatomi Casino – Milwaukee, WI (with EUROPE)

04/25/15  Fineline Café – Minneapolis, MN

04/28/15  House of Blues – Chicago, IL  (with EUROPE) [BUY TICKETS]

04/30/15  Irving Plaza – New York, NY (with EUROPE) [BUY TICKETS]

Pre-sale ticket links are available on the official BLACK STAR RIDERS Facebook page.

The Killer Instinct was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON) and is a perfectly crafted collection of organic & musical short stories seasoned with harmonized guitar riffs, barbed wire choruses, and a level of musicianship that will stand the test of time.  One listen to “Through The Motions,” “Finest Hour,” “Soldierstown,” “Blindsided,” and “Sex, Guns & Gasoline” proves the timelessness of emotions evoked by quality songwriting.

The Killer Instinct features the following all-star line-up of seasoned professionals:

·         Guitarist Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY, 21 GUNS)

·         Vocalist Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY, THE ALMIGHTY)

·         Guitarist Damon Johnson (THIN LIZZY, ALICE COOPER, BROTHER CANE)

·         Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, MEGADETH)

·         Bassist Robbie Crane (RATT, LYNCH MOB)

Long-time guitar hero Scott Gorham shares: “THIN LIZZY is a known situation, but with BLACK STAR RIDERS we’re moving into uncharted territory and that’s pretty damned exciting. I’m having more fun playing right now than I have in years.”

Watch the official music video for “Finest Hour” here: http://youtu.be/iRZa-qf7haw?list=PLB4brr7vf-P7rdX5OYLLJov84TnTea0Aq.

The Killer Instinct can be pre-ordered in multiple formats (domestic, import, and exclusive vinyl) from the album’s landing page http://smarturl.it/BSR-Killer-Instinct & participating U.S. retailers: http://bit.ly/bsr-tki-retailers.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS’ debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose, debuted on the following four American Billboard charts in May 2013: #5 – Heatseekers chart; #15 – Hard Rock Albums chart; #20 – Tastemaker Albums chart; and #35 – Top Independent Albums chart.

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