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BLACK STAR RIDERS – WELCOME NEW BASS PLAYER ROBBIE CRANE

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock news, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 4, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Robbie Crane – photo credit: Nuclear Blast

Marco Mendoza, a founding member of BLACK STAR RIDERS, has decided to pursue other projects after potential conflicts in schedules.

His replacement will be Robbie Crane (formerly of RATT, VICNE NEIL and LYNCH MOB).

Scott Gorham: “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.”

Ricky Warwick: “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.”

Marco Mendoza: “I loved my time in Black Star Riders and want to thank all the fans for making the last year on road so successful. I am sorry to be leaving the band but I feel it’s time for me to pursue other avenues, some of which I have already been working with, all of which I am very excited about. I wish the guys all success in the future and I am very happy that my friend Robbie Crane will continue to blaze with BSR.”

But exciting things are ahead with the addition of veteran bassist Robbie Crane: “I am very excited to be a part of the BLACK STAR RIDERS family. As a long time fan of their music, I am thrilled to be a part of the band”.

BLACK STAR RIDERS – featuring Ricky Warwick – Vocals, Scott Gorham & Damon Johnson, Guitars, Jimmy DeGrasso – Drums and Robbie Crane – Bass) – play the following dates in July and August:

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18.07. UK Holmfirth – Picturedome
19.07. UK Steelhouse Festival – Ebbw Vale
20.07. UK Brighton – Concorde 2
22.07. UK Northampton – Roadmenders
23.07. UK Leicester – Academy
24.07. UK Guildford – G Live
25.07. D Bochum – Zeche
26.07. S Falkenberg – Falkenberg RockFest
27.07. D Berlin – C-Club
29.07. D Munich – Free & Easy / Backstage Werk
30.07. D Saarbrücken – Garage
31.07. D Geiselwind – Bike & Music Weekend
01.08 D Wacken – WOA Festival
02.08. S Rejmyre – Skogsrojet Festival
03.08. S Helsingborg – Tivoli
05.08. UK Preston – 53 Degrees
06.08. UK Buckley – Tivoli
07.08. UK Birmingham – The Asylum
08.08. S Gavle – Getaway Rock Festival
09.08. NO Alesund – Back in the Fields Festival

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The Band then head into the studio to record the follow-up to the 2013 release All Hell Breaks Loose for Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The album, as yet untitled, will be scheduled for release in February 2015, with European and US tours to follow with other territories the band has not played as yet the first time around.

BLACK STAR RIDERS purchase links for All Hell Breaks Loose can be found here: http://bit.ly/BSR-AHBL

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LONG LIVE MARCO MENDOZA.

LONG LIVE ROBBIE CRANE.

LONG LIVE BLACK STAR RIDERS.

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Metal Odyssey’s Stone Picks His Top Ten Hard Rock Albums Of 2013

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on January 6, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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#1

THE WINERY DOGS – S/T

I’ve written that Motörhead are the greatest power trio alive on planet Earth. Well, um, The Winery Dogs are too. Take your pick! Mike Portnoy (drums), Richie Kotzen (vocals) and Billy Sheehan (bass) were born to make music together! The Winery Dogs are a supergroup prototype. Amen and hallelujah.

I don’t know how to put it all into words, other than WHOA! This is a #1 Hard Rock album of any year! Excellent songs and I won’t waste time on the musicianship. If this is what American Hard Rock is supposed to sound like in 2013 and beyond, then count me in! Freaking legends of Rock ‘N Roll are The Winery Dogs. Metal be thy name.

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#2

ALICE IN CHAINS

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

Alice In Chains couldn’t have delivered a more incredible follow-up to their 2009 gem Black Gives Way To Blue, with The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. William Duvall once again soars vocally, while Jerry Cantrell’s guitar resonates splendid licks, riffs and tones that equate to iconic territory. This is very much a Classic Rock leaning album; just know the Hard Rock is mouth-watering.

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#3

BUCKCHERRY – Confessions

The best Buckcherry album ever? It comes very, very, very close. Oh, yes, Confessions psyches me out of my Hard Rockin’ mind. I’m guessing that great Hard Rock albums are supposed to do just that.

Read Stone’s album review for Confessions here:

BUCKCHERRY – “Confessions” Is Out Now And It’s: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Above review posted on February 24, 2013, on Metal Odyssey.

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#4

BLACK STAR RIDERS  – All Hell Breaks Loose

With current members of Thin Lizzy joining forces with drummer Jimmy DeGrassoBlack Star Riders was born. Led by the legendary guitarist Scott Gorham and fronted by Ricky Warwick, the debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose, from Black Star Riders, became an instant Hard Rock Classic to my ears and soul.

The spirit and legacy of Thin Lizzy still reigns within the world-class talent of Black Star Riders; and the songwriting, lyrics and total vibe of this album taps into everything that’s wonderful about Classic Hard Rock. This is an album I never expected to happen and now it’s a keeper for life! Metal be thy name.

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#5

BRAND NEW MACHINE

The Devil Made Me Do It

Brand New Machine is an American Hard Rock band YOU NEED to get into! One of the best Rockin’ surprises of 2013 is this album! From start to finish, The Devil Made Me Do It is high-octane Hard Rock on steroids!

Read Stone’s album review for The Devil Made Me Do It here:

BRAND NEW MACHINE “The Devil Made Me Do It” – A Supercharged Hard Rock Debut!

Above review posted on August 21, 2013, on Metal Odyssey.

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#6

PINNICK GALES PRIDGEN – S/T

As power trio’s go, this album will slap you Hard Rockin’ senseless!! I found this CD without knowing of its release at Best Buy and bought it without hearing a single note. That tells you something right there. Yes, there are those times when you CAN judge a book by its cover! Pinnick Gales Pridgen have unreal musical chemistry together and their songs are proof positive!

Pinnick Gales Pridgen also landed in Metal Odyssey’s Top Ten Songs of 2013, with Collateral Damage. Click the link below to enjoy the song and video yourself! Whoa!

METAL ODYSSEY’S TOP TEN SONGS OF 2013

Above link is for a Metal Odyssey feature, posted on December 23, 2013.

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#7

SKID ROW

UNITED WORLD REBELLION CHAPTER ONE

Johnny Solinger sounds amazing on vocals and this entire legendary band has made a Hard Rock statement with this EP! Extremely contagious songs! Make no mistake, SKID ROW is on a mission and I cannot wait for Chapter Two!!

Read Stone’s album review for UWR Chapter One below:

SKID ROW “UNITED WORLD REBELLION (CHAPTER ONE)” EP – 5 Reasons To BUY This Kick Ass CD!

Above review posted on May 11, 2013, on Metal Odyssey.

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#8

DEEP PURPLE – NOW WHAT ?!

Now What ?! is Deep Purple’s first studio album since 2005’s Rapture Of The Deep. Now What ?! is a continuation of arguably the most consistent Hard Rock band that ever lived. The undeniably influential Deep Purple have once again taken their unique, rich, Classic Hard Rock sound throughout an entire album and made it sound so complete. Ian Gillan and band have nothing more to prove. Now, it’s time for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to understand this.

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#9 (Tie)

KING KOBRA – II

If you wanna have a good time listening to a good times Hard Rock album, then put your good times face on and BUY this fun CD from the everlasting KING KOBRA. Now, let’s all campaign LOUDLY in 2014 to get the ultra legendary Carmine Appice into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Thank you very much and Metal be thy name.

Read Stone’s album review for II here:

KING KOBRA “II” IS OUT NOW! YES, IT KICKS HARD ROCKIN’ ASS!

Above review posted on July 14, 2013, on Metal Odyssey.

King Kobra’s music video Have A Good Time, a hit single from II, was chosen as Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day, back on July 26th, 2013! Click the link below to enjoy it for yourself! YEAH!!

KING KOBRA “Have A Good Time” Music Video Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Above link is for a feature posted on Metal Odyssey, on July 26, 2013.

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#9 (Tie)

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS WITH CHESTER BENNINGTON

HIGH RISE

My God, I never imagined Chester Bennington fronting the grand Stone Temple Pilots. It’s Rock ‘N Roll genius!! This tidy EP packs a genuine punch of incredible musicianship, vocals and songs that are memorable from the start!

Read Stone’s album review of High Rise here:

Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington “High Rise” EP – An Instant Rock Classic? Yes It Is!

Above review posted on October 15, 2013, on Metal Odyssey.

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#10

BOSTON – Life Love & Hope

To all the naysaying critics out there, Tom Scholz has created a gift for Boston fans. The songs on this album would never have seen the light of day, if it were not for Tom Scholz. Songs of personal importance to this musical mastermind are they; and they come across with Classic Rock brilliance!

The late Brad Delp, along with David Victor, Kimberley Dahme, Tommy DeCarlo and Tom Scholz are all featured lead singers. Louis St. August of Mass lends his talents with backing harmonies on album opener and album gem: Heaven On Earth. Another total surprise release, for me, was Life Love & Hope. Thank you, Tom Scholz.

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LONG LIVE HARD ROCK.

LONG LIVE CLASSIC ROCK.

Stone.

Win A Signed BLACK STAR RIDERS Banner, Via Classic Rock Magazine!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 24, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Fancy getting your hands on a signed BLACK STAR RIDERS vinyl banner? It measures in at almost 40 inches x 40 inches and is signed by ALL of the band. Get involved over on Classic Rock Magazine‘s website, here: http://bit.ly/14yRY4u

Be sure to catch the band live on their upcoming UK / EU tour – dates and tickets can be found, here: http://bit.ly/BSRTour

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BLACK STAR RIDERS All Hell Breaks Loose Is Out NOW!

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(Source: BLACK STAR RIDERS Facebook)

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LONG LIVE BLACK STAR RIDERS.

Stone.

BLACK STAR RIDERS – All Info For: 2013 November/December UK + Ireland Tour

Posted in classic rock, classic rock albums, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the Facebook of BLACK STAR RIDERS:

BLACK STAR RIDERS will be embarking on a full-scale UK and Ireland tour this November/December with Special Guests The Dead Daisies www.thedeaddaisies.com and support from Western Sand http://www.westernsand.co.uk/ on all dates except Nov 29th.

THE DEAD DAISIES formed around the nucleus of Australians Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix/Mink), the powerful musical collective is completed by a lineup that speaks volumes. They include Charley Drayton (The X-pensive Winos/The Cult), Richard Fortus (Guns ‘N’ Roses/Thin Lizzy), Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) and Dizzy Reed (Guns ‘N’ Roses).

Marco Mendoza: “We came across The Dead Daises when we were touring Australia and what a great band they are. I was lucky enough to play with them on their Aus tour with Aerosmith and again on the Uproar Tour in the US. It’s a pleasure to have them out with us in the UK!”

Ricky Warwick: “We are all looking forward to having The Dead Daisies out with us. It’s also going to be great to be on the road with Richard Fortus again.”

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WESTERN SAND are a four-piece southern hard rock revival band from Bournemouth, UK.

BLACK STAR RIDERS featuring THIN LIZZY members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper / Megadeth), will be touring in support of All Hell Breaks Loose which was released in the UK via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on the 27th May 2013.

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Confirmed headline and festival appearances for BLACK STAR RIDERS in 2013 include the below.

Friday 22nd Nov O2 Academy, Bournemouth

Saturday 23rd Nov O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Monday 25th Nov O2 Academy, Bristol

Tuesday 26th Nov Junction, Cambridge

Wednesday 27th Nov UEA, Norwich

Friday 29th Nov Hard Rock Hell 6, Wales – FESTIVAL CO-HEADLINE

Saturday 30th Nov Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

Sunday 1st Dec Solus/University, Cardiff

Monday 2nd Dec O2 Academy, Oxford

Tuesday 3rd Dec O2 Academy, Liverpool

Thursday 5th Dec Ironworks,Inverness

Friday 6th Dec Picturehouse, Edinburgh

Saturday 7th Dec O2 Academy, Newcastle

Sunday 8th Dec O2 Academy, Leeds

Tuesday 10th Dec The Assembly, Leamington Spa

Thursday 12th Dec Rock City, Nottingham

Friday 13th Dec Ritz, Manchester

Saturday 14th Dec Academy, Dublin, EIRE

Sunday 15th Dec Limelight, Belfast

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BLACK STAR RIDERS

Tickets for headline shows are priced 22.50GBP / 25.00 GBP London (subject to booking fees) – Dublin is E25. Tickets are available on general sale through all normal outlets.

VIP Packages available for all shows – including meet and greet and special acoustic performance –via the VIP package link at: http://www.blackstarriders.com/

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BLACK STAR RIDERS are pleased to announce that Swedish rockers THE GLORIA STORY will open up on the following dates on the upcoming BSR European Tour:

Wed/Nov-06 Aarhus, Denmark – Train

Thu/Nov-07 Malmoe, Sweden – KB

Fri/Nov-08 Gotenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers

Sun/Nov-10 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis

Mon/Nov-11 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller

Tue/Nov-12 Bergen, Norway – Ricks Theater

Wed/Nov-13 Stavanger, Norway – Folken

Sun/Nov-17 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio

Mon/Nov-18 Kolding, Denmark – Godset

An additional Special Guest Act will be announced shortly on these shows also.

The Gloria Story’s official website is: www.thegloriastory.com

The Gloria Story is a mashup of punk rock attitude with 70’s hard rock energy – always with a dark twist and a catchy analogue sound. Their debut album “Shades of White” instantly hit the #1 spot on Swedish rock charts upon its release in 2011. The band has also been awarded with a platinum disc for their hit single “OH NO (2010)”. On their latest effort “Born to Lose (2013)” you will find a dirtier, more bass driven and heavier sounding The Gloria Story. No ballads, no fillers, no AOR. Just catchy punk rock melodies over chewy riffing. The concept of mixing party oriented, lo-tech rock and roll with pure entertainment has made The Gloria Story into one of the most promising Swedish touringmachines in recent years. It’s all about reinventing the sounds of the 70’s, and stopping at nothing to give their audience a great show.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS – Nominated For “Album Of The Year” At 2013 Classic Rock Awards

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 11, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the Black Star Riders Facebook page:

We are very pleased to announce that Black Star Riders ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ has been nominated for Album of the Year at the 2013 Classic Rock Awards – PLEASE VOTE FOR US!!!!

http://awards.classicrockmagazine.com/awards/album-of-year

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BLACK STAR RIDERS:

Ricky Warwick – Vocals & Guitar

Scott Gorham – Guitars

Damon Johnson – Guitars

Marco Mendoza – Bass

Jimmy DeGrasso – Drums

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CONGRATULATIONS BLACK STAR RIDERS!

LONG LIVE BLACK STAR RIDERS.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS – RELEASE THEIR NEW VIDEO ‘HEY JUDAS’

Posted in classic rock, classic rock albums, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 15, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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BLACK STAR RIDERS have revealed the official video for Hey Judas, taken form the band’s new album All Hell Breaks Loose. The video was filmed on May 27th with Northern Irish photographer, music video director and typographical designer Mark Hylands at The Marshall Theatre in Milton Keynes.

Fans can watch the video over on the homepage of Classic Rock (UK) now:
http://smarturl.it/HeyJudas

A video message from Hylands about the ‘Hey Judas’ clip can be seen here:

http://youtu.be/x3PYG2h1me4

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ORDER ONLINE AT:

Nuclear Blast: http://smarturl.it/BSRAHBLCD

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/BSR-AHBL-iTUNES

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/BSR-AHBL-AMZN

SUBSCRIBE TO YOUTUBE CHANNELS:

Black Star Riders: http://bit.ly/subs-bsr-yt

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BLACK STAR RIDERS:

Ricky Warwick – Vocals & Guitar

Scott Gorham – Guitars

Damon Johnson – Guitars

Marco Mendoza – Bass

Jimmy DeGrasso – Drums

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

For more info on BLACK STAR RIDERS, click on links below!

http://www.blackstarriders.com

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BLACK STAR RIDERS – “ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE” HITS THE CHARTS!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 8, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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BLACK STAR RIDERS – the new band featuring THIN LIZZY members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH and others) – have hit the charts with their debut album All Hell Breaks Loose in Europe and America:

Sweden: #15
UK: #25 (#2 Rockcharts)
Germany: #29
Finland: #38
Switzerland: #63
Ireland: #64
Wallonia: #107
France: #122
Belgium: #163

In the USA the band hit the charts on #5 Billboard Heatseekers Chart and on #19 Billboard Hard Rock Chart. The boys are definitely back in town again!

The album is released as a standard CD and also as a special edition digi-pak featuring a bonus track ‘Right To Be Wrong‘ and a “Making of” DVD.

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Check out all available products here:
http://www.nuclearblast.de/de/shop/artikel/landing/black-star-riders-all-hell-breaks-loose.html

All Hell Breaks Loose was produced & mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (LED ZEPPELIN, AEROSMITH, IRON MAIDEN, RUSH…)

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BLACK STAR RIDERS Live:

08.06. S Solvesborg – Sweden Rock
22.11. UK Bournemouth – O2 Academy
23.11. UK London – Shepherds Bush Empire
25.11. UK Bristol – O2 Academy
26.11. UK Cambridge – Junction
27.11. UK Norwich – UEA, Norwich
29.11. UK Pwllheli, Gwynedd – Hard Rock Hell
30.11. UK Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
01.12. UK Cardiff – Solus/University,
02.12. UK Oxford – O2 Academy
05.12. UK Inverness – Ironworks
06.12. UK Edinburgh – Picturehouse,
07.12. UK Newcastle – O2 Academy
08.12. UK Leeds – O2 Academy
10.12. UK Leamington Spa – The Assembly Rooms
12.12. UK Nottingham – Rock Cit
13.12. UK Manchester – Ritz
14.12. IRL Dublin – Academy
15.12. IRL Belfast – Limelight

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More tour dates to be announced shortly.

‘Bound For Glory’ Lyric Video: 
http://youtu.be/kq6Z6C3ipMk

‘Kingdom Of The Lost’ Lyric Video:
http://youtu.be/OEWPbi3Jtm4

Order the album on iTunes (incl. bonus track + digital booklet):
http://smarturl.it/BSRitunes

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

For more info on BLACK STAR RIDERS, click on the links below!

Facebook: Black Star Riders

http://www.blackstarriders.com

http://www.twitter.com/BlackStarRiders

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http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/

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