Written by Alex Stojanovic
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
Release Date: February 3, 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Ricky Warwick - Vocals & guitars Scott Gorham - Guitars Damon Johnson - Guitars
Robbie Crane - Bass Jimmy DeGrasso - Drums
When you think about it, it's pretty crazy how close the opening riff to "When The Night Comes In" sounds to AC/DC. Vocally, Ricky Warwick continues to shine with his Phil Lynott-esque vocals throughout the album and he sounds great. There's no ballads to be found, but "Cold War Love" is more laid back compared to the rest of the record. This track, along with "Testify Or Say Goodbye" and "Ticket To Rise" bleed catchiness with the tasty melodic hooks and impressive vocal deliveries. Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson fire on all cylinders unleashing amazing riffs full of groove and melody.
Another track that stands out is the title track with its tempo change and riffs that sound straight out of 1977. Because of this, it's one of the album's heavier tracks. Black Star Riders aren't out to start a musical revolution. Their main focus is providing straight-to-the-point, quality, classic-sounding modern hard rock that every type of rock fan out there will enjoy. After listening to Heavy Fire, I can definitely say that this is the band's best effort so far. They have topped The Killer Instinct, but I would say only by a notch. It's a strong contender for hard rock album of the year.
Highs: "Heavy Fire", "Cold War Love", "Testify Or Say Goodbye" and "Ticket To Rise"
Lows: Nothing ground-breaking.