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Music Review: Black Star Riders CD: The Killer Instinct


Available: February 20th, 2015

Label: Nuclear Blast

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Thin Lizzy has long been considered one of the more influential hard rock bands of the 70’s, the influences range from Iron Maiden to Guns n’ Roses to name just a few. However by the early the 80’s the band had split up and a few years later, singer/bass player Phil Lynott passed away ending any chance the band might reform with their signature leader.  Since then Thin Lizzy was carried on by other members of the band as a tribute to Phil but never really a full time affair.  Eventually the members out of respect for Phil thought it best to start their own band and leave the Thin Lizzy name for a pure tribute to Phil and not try to live off the name of Thin Lizzy while doing original material.  Thus Black Star Riders (BSR) was born and the band is ready to release their second full length album, ‘The Killer Instinct’.  Continue reading Music Review: Black Star Riders CD: The Killer Instinct

Video Interview: Black Star Riders; Helsinki, Finland ;2014


I sit and chat with Black Star Riders about their upcoming album ‘The Killer Instinct. We discuss the band’s decision to change their name in respect to Thin Lizzy, song writing inspiration, tour dates and their big plans to come back to Finland for shows.

Music: Heavier Than Metal by Skullfist used with Permission

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BLACK STAR RIDERS Check In From KISS Tour In New Video

BLACK STAR RIDERS, the new band featuring THIN LIZZY members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH), have been opening up for KISS during their Australian Monster 2013 tour. Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson check in from the road below:

Black Star Riders recently announced All Hell Breaks Loose as the title of their debut album on Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which will be released worldwide on the following dates:

May 21st – Japan
May 22nd – Sweden
May 24th – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Australia
May 27th – UK, France, BeNeLux, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, Ireland
May 28th – US, Canada, Italy, South America

About the origin of the album title, frontman Ricky Warwick states: “I was watching a documentary about World War II bombers and saw the name painted on the side of one of the aircraft. The name just resonated with me and it seem to encapsulate the turmoil that we, as a society, are currently experiencing. The past few years have been such a wild ride and now with the release of the album, it sounded like a bad-ass album title that summed up what Black Star Riders is all about.”

Produced and mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, RUSH), the track listing for All Hell Breaks Loose is:
‘All Hell Breaks Loose’
‘Bound For Glory’
‘Kingdom Of The Lost’
‘Kissin’ The Ground’
‘Hey Judas’
‘Hoodoo Voodoo’
‘Valley Of The Stones’
‘Someday Salvation’
‘Before The War’
‘Blues Ain’t So Bad’

The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a special edition digi-pak featuring a bonus track ‘Right To Be Wrong’ and a Making of DVD.

A 24-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band’s studio time in Los Angeles can be viewed on YouTube:

Confirmed festival appearances for Black Star Riders include:

1 – Hi Rock Festival – Inzell, Germany
2 – Hi Rock Festival – St. Goarshausen, Germany
8 – Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg, Sweden

29 – Hard Rock Hell – N. Wales, UK

More tour dates to be announced shortly.

For more details visit BlackStarRiders.com.

(Photo Credit: Robert John)