One of 2015’s most anticipated heavy rock releases now has a tile: The Killer Instinct will be the name of the second studio album by hard rock supergroup Black Star Riders, due out in North America in early 2015 on Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
It will be the first album to feature new bassist Robbie Crane (Ratt, Lynch Mob) who joined earlier this year when Marco Mendoza stepped down.
“Life’s not fair, never has been, never will,” states Black Star Riders vocalist and songwriter Ricky Warwick. “Sometimes you have to live with a killer instinct just to survive in the ongoing pursuit of happiness… because nobody can do for you what you should be doing for yourself.”
After touring the globe in support of their world-acclaimed 2013 debut album All Hell Breaks Loose, the band was expected to enter the studio this fall with Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott handling production duties, but fate had other plans and and it worked out quite well for Black Star Riders. Instead of Elliott, the quintet entered the studio in Nashville, Tennessee this past October with heralded producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Mastodon) to record their sophomore release. Creative forces flowed and the energy in the studio was dynamic.
“Nick Raskulinecz came riding out of the sunset like a Viking warrior, with his record collection and arsenal of killer guitars and amplifiers and proved to be the world class producer we had heard so much about. Indeed, the rumors are all true,” shares Black Star Riders guitarist and songwriter Damon Johnson. “There’s no doubt that Ricky [Warwick] and I had written a sizable number of songs, but Nick patiently walked through the full song list with the entire band and made sure we focused on the material to best represent Black Star Riders in 2015.”
Black Star Riders also includes former Thin Lizzy guitar legend Scott Gorham, and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, Megadeth, Alice Cooper).
Track listing for The Killer Instinct is:
01. The Killer Instinct
02. Bullet Blues
03. Finest Hour
05. Charlie I Gotta Go
07. Through The Motions
08. Sex, Guns & Gasoline
09. Turn In Your Arms
10. You Little Liar
Visit Black Star Riders online at http://blackstarriders.com.