Interview by Tarja Virmakari
Fresh from the critically acclaimed debut album “All Hell Breaks Loose” in 2013, BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release a new studio album, “The Killer Instinct” on February 20th (EU), 23rd (UK) and 24th (US), 2015 through Nuclear Blast. The band toured 2013’s “All Hell Breaks Loose” for a year – playing across the globe. October 2014 saw them gather in Nashville, TN and enter the studio with heralded producer Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON) to start recording the follow up. The result is “The Killer Instinct”. Ricky Warwick explains, “Life’s not fair, never has been, never will. 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.”
During her pre-Christmas holidays in Helsinki, Tarja Virmakari had a chance to meet with BLACK STAR RIDERS vocalist Ricky Warwick and guitarist Damon Johnson, on their promo tour. Besides the new album in detail, Ricky, Damon and Tarja talked about the great THIN LIZZY heritage which follows the band with honour, looking however towards to 2015, with new tours and new frontiers and an album entitled “The Killer Instinct”, confirming BLACK STAR RIDERS‘ position in the Metal Universe. Out of curiosity, Ricky was asked about his many tattoos, and he replied… To know about this and much more, please join the chat below.
BLACK STAR RIDERS – ‘The Killer Instinct’, Official Lyric Video