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Album Reviews : Black Star Riders – Heavy Fire

By on January 30, 2017

blackstarridersheavyfirecdThin Lizzy are one of the most renowned hard rock bands of all time. After their frontman Phil Lynott died in 1986 they would go on to not release any more albums. Years later, guitarist Scott Graham and keyboardist Darren Wharton started touring again with new members and, eventually, started to write for a new album. They decided not to record under the Thin Lizzy name, however, and, thusly, in 2012, Black Star Riders was born. Now, five years later, the band are onto album number three: Heavy Fire.

This album is a great throwback to eighties hard rock and heavy metal. Frontman Ricky Warwick (who’s released a bunch of solo albums and albums with his other band The Almighty) is a great vocalist. He shows the more powerful side to his vocals on the first few tracks before showing a different side to his singing on Cold War Love. A mellower, love song.

This is a fairly risk-free album but all the songs have that classic sound to them that many people fell in love with bands like Thin Lizzy. From Ticket To Ride – a blues rock singalong – to Heavy Fire – a hard rock anthem – this album has everything eighties rock fans could want.

The age of Black Star Riders ranges from late forties to mid-sixties but they prove with this album they can still mix with the best of them. Heavy Fire is the perfect nostalgia-inducing record for those who miss the “good old days” of rock and metal without having to go back to those classics you love.

Band: Black Star Riders
Album: Heavy Fire
Year: 2017
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Origin: USA


Matt Barton loves all things rock and metal. Everyone from Slipknot to The Living End. He enjoys going to gigs and discovering new music. Matt also writes for Heavy Mag and is currently attempting to write his debut novel.