Heavy Fire by Black Star Riders

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Posted 23rd March 2017 by

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Lets be clear from the start, Heavy Fire is not a Thin Lizzy Tribute act album. This is a Black Star Riders Album.

Black Star RidersNBlack Star Ridersow on a Headline Tour of Europe they are doing a set list with Eighteen songs over Two hours with Seven from this latest album, Six from All Hell Broke Loose and four from Killer Instinct, plus One harking back to Thin Lizzy days The Boys are Back in Town played in Mid set, but after all that is a classic and almost everybody plays that!!

This is an album by a fine Rock Band that stands on its own. This is their third album. After the release of their debut All Hell Breaks Loose in May of 2013 , followed by The Killer Instinct in February 2015. Now in February 2017 the Band have really hit their stride with this their third opus, Heavy Fire produced by the man of the hour Nick Raskuliecz. The Band are basically American with Four Seasoned Professional Top Notch Rock ‘n’ Rollers in Damon Johnson on Lead Guitar, Scott Gorham on Lead Guitar, Robbie Crane on Bass Guitar ,Jimmy DeGrasso on Drums,and Irish Man Ricky Warwick on occasional Guitar and Vocals. Yes Scott Gorham was one of the Lead Guitarists in Thin Lizzy. But then Ricky Warwick was the main man in The Almighty , nobody seems to hold that against him.
If you like Heavy Rock (Not Heavy Metal, there is definitely a difference there) with a hard hitting bouncy beat, screaming twin lead guitars, a romping Bass, hard hitting drums, Witty lyrics about Fast Cars, Lust between girls and boys, alcohol fueled nights, sung in an Irish Brogue with short sharp snappy songs that make you want to Rock ’n’ Roll, this is the album for you.

As soon as the Album opener the title track  Heavy Fire belts out of your speakers you know you are in for a genuine Rock ’n’ Roll treat. The pace never lets up, giving you one up tempo rocker after another. When you put this album on in the car, make sure to watch your speed as it just makes you go faster and faster. Highlights are a plenty – Ticket to Rise is so catchy it should be a Single for Radio Play with its Beatles refrain “Oh No not more comparisons“ (It’s even got a Rolling Stone type female backing vocal ending), the epic acoustic closing ballad Fade which finishes with a Black Star Ridersshowboating Guitar solo and the all out Rock of Who Rides the Tiger leaves you in no mind as to what sort of music this band like to play. Then who cannot associate with a song called Dancing with the Wrong Girl.

Sticking to this Formula 2017 will be the year of The Black Star Riders. Thin Lizzy and especially Phil Lynott will never be forgotten, but the Black Star Riders can make their own Giant Foot Steps from now on.

Black Star Riders are:
Ricky Warwick – Guitar and Lead Vocals
Scott Gorham – Guitar
Damon Johnson- Guitar
Robbie Crane – Bass Guitar
Jimmy Degrasso- Drums

Heavy Fire
When The Night Comes In
Dancing with the Wrong Girl
Who Rides The Tiger
Cold War Love
Testify Or Say Goodbye
Thinking about you could get me killed
True Blue Kid
Ticket to Rise
Letting Go Of Me

Written by Hells Bells and Mott the Dog.
Photography by The Mistress  of The Lens – Harpic Bryant of Breezeridge Photography

Mott the Dog



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