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Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct (Deluxe Edition)

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , , , on 8th March 2015 by mickbirchy

Black Star Riders
The Killer Instinct
Hard Rock
Released: 20th February 2015
Via Nuclear Blast Records

So the second record from the old school rockers is here – “The Killer Instinct”, released on the 20th February 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records, is the follow up to 2013’s “All Hell Breaks Loose”. The album is produced by Nick Raskulinecz, and recording took place in Nashville, Tennessee in September 2014. This is also the first BSR album to feature bassist Robbie Crane. The first single to be released from the album is the title track, “The Killer Instinct”.

The album is a refreshing change of pace from the first album, and it doesn’t seem to be as hastily put together. There is a lot of really nice tunes that are just easy to listen to. I wasn’t to keen on the production style of the first album, but here I think everything works, each song flows nicely in to the next and it’s just a really pleasant experience to hear. The riffs are tight and solos are easy on the ear. The music more emcompasses your head rather than penetrating your hearing. I just get lost in the sounds that this album makes. I bet this would sound amazing on vinyl.

I can’t really fault this record. The only thing I can think of is that, it’s a bit too familiar to older rock n roll, and all it does is remind you of all the bands that have been before. Not that this is really a bad thing, but it can be distracting if you are coming in to this record expecting something fresh and new. Also, some of the riff and solo choices seem a little lazy, but a few bad moments, not even songs, doesn’t spoil this for me. Genuinely all this paragraph was my nitpicking, not actual problems.

I have to say, if I were to recommend songs to sell you this album, the first would have to be “Finest Hour”. This is just a great upbeat rock tune that makes me smile everytime I listen to it.  It has a solid riff and a really catchy chorus. Also I’m really feeling the tune “Sex, Guns & Gasoline”, again a great little riff and it’s got a funky rhythm and again it’s really quite catchy. Also, since I got the “Deluxe Edition”, there are some really nice acoustic renditions of the songs on the album. “The Killer Instinct (Acoustic)” is actually better than the electric version, in my opinion.

In summary, this is a fantastic rock record that I don’t really have anything against. It’s better than the first album, full of great riffs and solos, it’s catchy and fun. Also I recommend getting the “Deluxe Edition” to get all of the bonus content, because the acoustic reworking is really nice. This has been my favourite album of the year so far!!

5/5

Mick Birchall

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Black Star Riders: new album and UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 9th January 2015 by Pieni

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Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, the sophomore album by all-star Black Star Riders will hit the stores next month (on the 20th in Europe, 23rd in the UK and 24th in North America), courtesy of Nuclear Blast. Its title-track, “The Killer Instinct”, saw the light of day as a single three weeks ago, along with a lyric video:

The full track list is as follows:

1. “The Killer Instinct”
2. “Bullet Blues”
3. “Finest Hour”
4. “Soldierstown”
5. “Charlie I Gotta Go”
6. “Blindsided”
7. “Through the Motions”
8. “Sex, Guns & Gasoline”
9. “Turn In Your Arms”
10. “You Little Liar”

Also a UK tour is getting close, with Swedish legends Europe:

Mon 2nd Mar – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Tue 3rd Mar – BELFAST Ulster Hall
Thu 5th Mar – GLASGOW O2 ABC
Fri 6th Mar – GLASGOW O2 ABC
Sat 7th Mar – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
Sun 8th Mar – LEEDS O2 Academy
Tue 10th Mar – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Wed 11th Mar – CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Fri 13th Mar – MANCHESTER O2 Academy
Sat 14th Mar – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Sun 15th Mar – EXETER Great Hall
Mon 16th Mar – BRISTOL – O2 Academy
Wed 18th Mar – BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy
Thu 19th Mar – NORWICH UEA
Fri 20th Mar – LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat 21st Mar – LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire

www.blackstarriders.com
www.facebook.com/BlackStarRidersOfficial
www.twitter.com/BlackStarRiders
www.youtube.com/BlackStarRiders

Darkest Era set to release Severance via Cruz Del Sur Music

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Cruz Del Sur Music are pleased to announce their recent inking of a deal with former Metal Blade artist Darkest Era. As such, the band will be releasing their next album Severance via Cruz Del Sur Music.

Since their formation in 2005, Darkest Era have progressed their special and original ‘Celtic Heavy Metal’ formula, with epic compositions influenced by the darker side of Irish folklore as well as the classic, double twin-guitar duelling of bands like Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden.

Darkest Era guitarist Ade Mulgrew comments:

We are excited to be working with Cruz Del Sur to finally get this beast uncaged. The label has put out some amazing records in recent years and we feel we are in very good company.

Severance will be released 13th June in Europe and 3rd June in the US digitally and physically (CD/Vinyl).

Darkest Era are also confirmed for a headlining appearance at this year’s North of the Wall Festival in Glasgow, which will take place on 29th March. Further information on the North of the Wall Festival can be found here.

Darkest Era online:

http://darkestera.net
http://facebook.com/darkestera
http://twitter.com/darkestera

 

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Jettblack to play co-headline UK tour with Crashdiet

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

UK rockers, Jettblack, will join forces with Swedish sleaze rockers, Crash Diet, for a string of UK dates in April.

Following the success of Jettblack’s recent headline UK tour, the band are itching to hit the road again, and are delighted to share the stage with former Spinefarmlabel-mates, Crash Diet.

The dates are as follows,with 3 further support acts to be added…

23.04.12    NEWCASTLE – O2 Academy
24.04.12    SHEFFIELD – O2 Academy
25.04.12    BIRMINGHAM – O2 Academy
26.04.12    NOTTINGHAM – Rock City
27.04.12    LONDON – O2 Islington Academy

A 10-track mini-album, Less Talk, More Thrust, featuring rare, unreleased & reworked Jettblack material, will be released in support of the tour.

In addition, Les-Fest – Scotland’s award-winning rock & metal festival – have announced Jettblack to play the main-stage on June 30th 2013; Les-Fest willtake place at Valley International Park, Crossford, Lanarkshire.

Tickets are available from this location.

Furthermore, Jettblack will play support to Thin Lizzy at the O2 Academy, Leeds; the show, on December 16th, will be a one-off opening slot as part of Thin Lizzy’s November/DecemberUK tour.

You can purchase tickets from this location.

Meanwhile,  Jettblack frontman, Will Stapleton, has joined the cast of Jeff Wayne’smusical version of The War of The Worlds – Alive On Stage! for The New Generation Arena Tour, performing the role of The Voice Of Humanity.

Tickets available from this location.

Jettblack’s sophomore album, Raining Rock, is out now via Spinefarm Records.