The Killer Instinct is the second studio album by hard rock band BLACK STAR RIDERS, released on February 20, 2015. BLACK STAR RIDERS evolved from the touring version of Thin Lizzy, assembled by guitarist Scott Gorham after the death of Thin Lizzy's leader Phil Lynott. The band's first album, All Hell Breaks Loose, was released in 2013.
Recording for the band's follow-up to All Hell Breaks Loose was first announced during late 2013, and on 27 January 2014, it was announced the band's second album would be recorded in Dublin in October, and would be produced by DEF LEPPARD vocalist Joe Elliott. Elliott had previously worked on vocalist Ricky Warwick's solo albums, and also with Scott Gorham on archival Thin Lizzy releases. However, Elliott pulled out of the project in August 2014 due to conflicts with Def Leppard's schedule. He was quickly replaced by Nick Raskulinecz, and recording took place in Nashville, Tennessee in September.
Nick Raskulinecz is known for his work with FOO FIGHTERS, he has worked with such artists as GHOST, WE AS HUMAN, EVANESCENCE, MARILYN MANSON, DEFTONES, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, STONE SOUR, TRIVIUM, DUFF MCKAGAN, DANZIG, MY RUIN, VELVET REVOLVER, RUSH, MASTODON, SHADOWS FALL, DEATH ANGEL, DANKO JONES, APOCALYPTICA among others.
The Killer Instinct is the first Black Star Riders album to feature former RATT and LYNCH MOB bass guitarist Robbie Crane, who replaced founder member Marco Mendoza in June 2014.
When the album title was announced on 21 November 2014, Warwick explained the name:
"Life's not fair. Never has been, never will be. Sometimes you have to live with a killer instinct just to survive in the pursuit of happiness. Nobody can do for you what you should be doing for yourself."
Guitarist Damon Johnson praised the album's producer Nick Raskulinecz, stating:
"He patiently walked through the full song list with the entire band, and made sure we focused on the material to best represent Black Star Riders in 2015."
Today's tune "Finest Hour" is taken from the latest album "The Killer Instinct", released on February 20th.
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