After yesterday's exclusive premiere on the "Ken Bruce Show" (BBC Radio 2), BLACK STAR RIDERS are thrilled to share their brand new single, "Ain't The End Of The World", out today. The track is taken from the band's forthcoming fourth album "Another State Of Grace", set for release on September 6 via Nuclear Blast, and it is accompanied by a sharp and unconventional animated video, which can be viewed below.
"Ain't The End Of The World" is yet another example of BLACK STAR RIDERS' skillful songwriting and distinctive sound. The track displays the band's unique sonic dimension, in which Scott Gorham's guitar intertwines with Christian Martucci's, the rhythmic section solidly sustains the melody throughout the song, and Ricky Warwick's powerful and raw vocals harmoniously bind music and lyrics.
Frontman Ricky Warwick comments: "'Ain't The End Of The World' is trademark BLACK STAR RIDERS. Showcasing the dual guitars of Christian Martucci and Scott Gorham perfectly. It's a song of hope, positivity and seeing the light at the end of a dark tunnel in a world of uncertainty."
The follow-up to 2017's "Heavy Fire", "Another State Of Grace" was recorded in February 2019 at Sphere Studios in Burbank, California with producer Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX, URIAH HEEP). The album will be made available on CD, vinyl and vinyl picture disc, limited-edition boxset and limited edition light green vinyl.
01. Tonight The Moonlight Let Me Down
02. Another State Of Grace
03. Ain't The End Of The World
04. Underneath The Afterglow
05. Soldier In The Ghetto
06. Why Do You Love Your Guns?
07. Standing In The Line Of Fire
08. What Will It Take?
09. In The Shadow Of The War Machine
10. Poisoned Heart
Longtime supporter Joe Elliott, vocalist of DEF LEPPARD, says: "I've been an ardent supporter ever since they started their journey having moved away from being THIN LIZZY and becoming a legitimate band in their own right. For me, this is by far their best effort to date."
Warwick says: "This has probably been the most enjoyable experience in the studio I have had making a record. The vibe and commitment the boys brought into this was stellar. Our most anthemic and soulful album to date. I'm very proud and excited for people to hear 'Another State Of Grace'."
BLACK STAR RIDERS consists of Ricky Warwick (lead vocals, guitar), Scott Gorham (lead guitar) and Robert Crane (bass) along with recent additions Chad Szeliga (drums) and Christian Martucci (lead guitar).
Gorham says: "It was great to be back in Los Angeles, and recording with Jay Ruston was an absolute pleasure. I am excited to see everyone's reactions to this amazing record… and I can't wait to get back on the road and play you these new songs."
Guitarist Damon Johnson announced his exit from BLACK STAR RIDERS in September, but continued performing with the band until the end of the group's U.K. tour in early December.
"Heavy Fire" was a worldwide success, reaching position No. 6 on the U.K. chart, No. 11 on the German chart, and No. 91 on U.S. Current Top Albums chart.