2015 saw Black Star Riders release a new studio album, “The Killer Instinct”, to follow their 2013 debut “All Hell Breaks Loose”. Produced by Grammy winning Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Mastodon) the album was released to widespread worldwide critical acclaim. The album also received major support at UK radio – with singles playlisted on BBC Radio 2 in addition to Planet Rock. March 2015 saw the band complete a sold out UK and Eire tour culminating in two nights at the iconic Shepherds Bush Empire. The band have since played to packed crowds across Europe throughout 2015.
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“An early runner-up for my album of the year. If you’re into straight-up dual guitar hard rock, this is the way to go.”
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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.”
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.”
“To single out one song would be foolish as this whole album, The Killer Instinct, just brings out the inner rocker in everyone.”
Scott Gorham Interview: Black Star Riders’ Thin Lizzy Redux
- Bob Nalbandian
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.
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.
Watch the official music video for “Finest Hour” here: http://youtu.be/iRZa-qf7haw?list=PLB4brr7vf-P7rdX5OYLLJov84TnTea0Aq.
BLACK STAR RIDERS’ 2013 debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose, debuted on the following four American Billboard charts: