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Black Star Riders - 2017 Heavy Fire

ARTIST: Black Star Riders
ALBUM: Heavy Fire
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
SERIAL: NE 3884-2
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Ricky Warwick - vocals, guitar * Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson - lead guitar * Robbie Crane - bass * Jimmy DeGrasso - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heavy Fire * 02 When The Night Comes In * 03 Dancing With The Wrong Girl * 04 Who Rides The Tiger * 05 Cold War Love * 06 Testify Or Say Goodbye * 07 Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed * 08 True Blue Kid * 09 Ticket To Rise * 10 Letting Go Of Me



This is my first crack at listening to, and writing up a Black Star Riders article. Of their past two albums, Alun has done the honours, now it's my turn. Being led to believe that these guys were Thin Lizzy clones because of their heritage, it seems that BSR are moving ahead to forge their own identity. Collectively, the personnel have a huge CV of involvement with other bands, so one would think that by album #3 that all references to Lizzy would be dissolved. But no, like an infant holding on to the teat, the bond appears to be strong. On occasion, the Lizzy reference does kick in, as with 'When The Night Comes In', or 'Dancing With The Wrong Girl' which is straight out of 1976. But on a track like 'Who Rides The Tiger', BSR sounds like they have reinvented themselves for L.A's glamour strip. To a lesser degree 'Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed' which seems to have landed dead-square in 1994. 'Letting Go Of Me' has a frantic element about it, probably a good beer-barn rabble-raiser. All in all, 'Heavy Fire' has some good moments, but it's probably not an album I'll check in with often during 2017.

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