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Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct (Second Opinion)

Internationally acclaimed music legends Black Star Riders’s ten track “second album, The Killer Instinct, is released via Nuclear Blast. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Rush), The Killer Instinct is hard rock in the classic tradition.” In 2012, the band was formed, and contains three former members of Thin Lizzy: guitarist Scott Gorham, lead vocalistInternationally acclaimed music legends Black Star Riders‘s ten track “second album, The Killer Instinct, is released via Nuclear Blast. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Rush), The Killer Instinct is hard rock in the classic tradition.” In 2012, the band was formed, and contains three former members of Thin Lizzy: guitarist Scott Gorham, lead vocalist and guitarist Ricky Warwick, and guitarist Damon Johnson. “New bassist Robbie Crane has fitted in seamlessly as the perfect replacement for Marco Mendoza.” Rounding out the band’s lineup is drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-Megadeth, Alice Cooper). Nick Raskulinecz and the band have produced an album which strives to give a little more depth to the band’s core sound. Excellently engineered, mixed and mastered, The Killer Instinct is a fairly even-tempered, loud beast, with very nice depth and sound balance. With three guitarists (two credited as “lead” and “co-lead”) in the mix, you’d expect some paint-peeling crazy stuff to happen, correct? The sound is surprisingly simplistic. There are plenty of instrumental breaks, nice solos, and wonderful harmonic overlays, but the disc doesn’t come across the speakers as a “heavy metal triple axe attack”. Instead, it mostly presents itself as a relaxed pace, middle-of-the-road hard rock album, with […]

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Marco Mendoza leaves Black Star Riders

Black Star Riders + Support – Photo Gallery – Belfast – 15/12/2013
Black Star Riders have announced the departure of bass player Marco Mendoza following the band’s current US tour, which ends on June 22.

Mendoza has decided to pursue other projects, after potential conflicts in schedules. His replacement will be Robbie Crane (pictured right), formerly of Ratt, Vince Neil and Lynch Mob.

BSR guitarist Scott Gorham said: “IBlack Star Riders have announced the departure of bass player Marco Mendoza following the band’s current US tour, which ends on June 22. Mendoza has decided to pursue other projects, after potential conflicts in schedules. His replacement will be Robbie Crane (pictured right), formerly of Ratt, Vince Neil and Lynch Mob. BSR guitarist Scott Gorham said: “I am very sad to see Marco go. We have been together in a band now for almost 20 years and Marco is my brother and we wish him well for the future. It’s an amicable parting of ways and we all respect that Marco wants to do other projects outside of Black Star Riders and there just isn’t time to do both.” Frontman Ricky Warwick added: “Marco will always be part of the BSR family and a true friend of ours. We are very happy to introduce Robbie Crane to everyone as the new BSR bass player. The guy killed the audition and we can’t wait to get on stage with him on our Euro run starting mid July and then of course in the studio in the Autumn for the recording of the second Black Star Riders Record.” Mendoza commented: “I loved […]

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