Black Star Riders’ “Wrong Side of Paradise” Album Review. Black Star Riders, a band made up of experienced musicians who have been in the music industry for decades. The band’s formation in 2012 marked a new chapter in their musical careers and the release of their first album, “All Hell Breaks Loose,” solidified their place in the rock world. Since then, Black Star Riders have continued to evolve and grow as a band, releasing several more albums and gaining a dedicated fanbase.
“Wrong Side of Paradise,” the band’s latest offering showcases their growth and evolution as musicians. The album was recorded at a time when the world was facing numerous challenges, and the themes explored in the songs reflect this. The lyrics delve into topics such as hope, heartbreak, and loss, providing comfort and solace to those who are going through similar experiences.
Themes and Lyrics
With its upbeat and energetic melody, “Wrong Side of Paradise” sets the tone for the entire album. The opening Lizzy-inspired riff is a nod to the classic rock sound that the band is known for, and it immediately draws listeners in and prepares them for the high-energy rock and roll experience that is to come.
“Better Than Saturday Night” is a standout track on “Wrong Side of Paradise” that is sure to become a classic in the band’s repertoire. With its upbeat and infectious chorus, the song is sure to have audiences clapping along and singing along in no time. This track captures the essence of what makes Black Star Riders such a great band – their ability to write memorable, high-energy rock anthems that are as much fun to listen to as they are to perform.
“Don’t Let The World (Get in The Way)” is another standout track that showcases the band’s songwriting prowess. This powerful ballad is a testament to the band’s versatility, and it demonstrates their ability to write thought-provoking and emotional songs that connect with audiences on a deeper level. With its soaring melodies and heartfelt lyrics, this track is sure to become a staple in the band’s live shows for years to come.
“Green and Troubled Land” is yet another highlight of the album, showcasing the band’s musical prowess and ability to craft memorable and thought-provoking rock anthems. With its driving rhythm, powerful vocals, and thought-provoking lyrics, this song is a true standout on the album and is sure to become a classic in the band’s repertoire.
Let’s not forget the fantastic cover of The Osmonds “Crazy horses”, with its irresistible riff this has to be everyone’s guilty pleasure.
Production and Sound
The production on “Wrong Side of Paradise” is top-notch, with each instrument and vocal having its own space to shine. The band’s use of dynamic range and attention to detail in the mixing process result in a rich, layered sound that is sure to captivate listeners.
The guitar work on this album is especially noteworthy, with riffs and solos that are both intricate and memorable. The drumming is tight and supportive, providing a solid foundation for the rest of the instruments to build upon. The bass guitar is also noteworthy, with grooves that will get stuck in your head for days. The vocals are powerful and emotional, conveying the messages of the songs in a way that is both moving and captivating.
Impact and Legacy
“Wrong Side of Paradise” is an album that will go down in history as a classic. The songs are timeless and will continue to resonate with listeners for years to come. The band’s growth and evolution are evident in the music, making this record a must-listen for fans of the genre.
In conclusion, Black Star Riders have delivered a powerful album with “Wrong Side of Paradise.” The themes, production, and impact of this record make it a standout in the music world and a must-listen for anyone who appreciates high-quality rock music. The band’s dedication to their craft and commitment to creating meaningful music are evident in this album, solidifying their place as one of the leading bands in the genre.
Fans of bands such as Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, and Iron Maiden will enjoy “Wrong Side of Paradise”. The album is also recommended for fans of hard rock and heavy metal, and anyone looking for a powerful and thought-provoking listening experience.
The album receives a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
Black Star Riders Discography
2013 – All Hell Breaks Loose
2015 – The Killer Instinct
2017 – Heavy Fire
2018 – Another State of Grace
2023 – Wrong Side of Paradise
Wrong Side Of Paradise Track-list
- Wrong Side Of Paradise
- Better Than Saturday Night
- Riding Out The Storm
- Pay Dirt
- Catch Yourself On
- Crazy Horses
- Burning Rome
- Don’t Let The World (Get In The Way)
- Green And Troubled Land
- This Life Will Be The Death Of Me
- Cut ‘n’ Run (Bonus Editions Only)
- Suspicious Times (Bonus Editions Only)
In addition to the new record, Black Star Riders will embark on their 10th Anniversary tour, starting from 13th February 2023.
Ricky Warwick further comments: “Can you believe 2023 is 10 years of Black Star Riders? … How time flies while you are having fun! We decided to do something special to commemorate this occasion. For the UK tour only, to coincide with the album’s release, we will be bringing back the legendary Scott Gorham (guitar) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) for the dates to make them extra special!”
Tour dates are below:
Saturday 11th February Belfast, Limelight
Monday 13th February Nottingham, Rock City
Wednesday 15th February Norwich, UEA
Thursday 16th February Ipswich, Corn Exchange
Friday 17th February Manchester, O2 Ritz
Saturday 18th February Wolverhampton, KK’s Steel Mill
Sunday 19th February Leeds, O2 Academy
Tuesday 21st February Cardiff, Tramshed
Wednesday 22nd February Bristol, O2 Academy
Thursday 23rd February Glasgow, SWG3
Friday 24th February Newcastle, O2 City Hall
Sunday 26th February London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets are on sale now.
Ricky Warwick in-store dates:
Friday 20th January – Assai Records Edinburgh 1pm
Friday 20th January – Glasgow LOVEMUSIC 7pm
Saturday 21st January – HMV Sunderland 2pm
Saturday 21st January – Reflex Records Newcastle 6pm
Sunday 22nd January – Crash Records Leeds 2pm
Sunday 22nd January The Parish Huddersfield 7pm
Monday 23rd January – HMV Manchester 6pm
Tuesday 24th January – Liverpool Phase One 7pm
Wednesday 25th January – HMV Birmingham The Vault 6pm
Thursday 26th January – Banquet Records 7pm
Friday 27th January – Norwich, Soundclash – 6pm
Saturday 28th January – HMV Crawley – 1pm
Saturday 28th January – Brighton, Resident – 6.30pm
Sunday 29th January – HMV Reading -1pm
Sunday 29th January – Oxford, Truck – 6pm
Monday 30th January – Southsea, Pie & Vinyl – 1pm
Monday 30th January – HMV Southampton – 5pm
Tuesday 31st January – Rough Trade East – 7pm
Wednesday 1st February – Cambridge Relevant Record Cafe – 5pm
Thursday 2nd February – HMV Leicester 5pm
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