Christian Martucci, a name I wasn’t familiar with (other than playing in Stone Sour).  I recently discovered that he was the new guitarist in one of my fav bands the Black Star Riders. So I was excited to find out that he has a solo ep out titled ‘Negative Balance’.                                                                

Now anyone who knows me knows I love loud guitars with a punk edge and boy does the first track of this storming E.P. not just tick those boxes but blasts them wide open with the track ‘Black Dust’.   ‘Black Dust’ kicks us off with a hardcore sounding guitar riff but also with a melodic edge. Christian’s vocal is also impressive with plenty of melody and power in evidence.

Next up is the glorious ‘Printers Devil’ and the pace does not let up and this track bounces along with great intensity the running order is well-chosen as ‘Sounds and Silence’  has a slightly slower pace but plenty of melody in both the riff and Christian’s vocal. Yet again it’s very impressive.

‘Nothing In The Dark’ is a number with a great personal lyric and just oozes class but then you’d expect that from Acey Slade, Karl Rockfist and Christian Martucci.  ‘Bad Ghosts’ is up next and this track mixes acoustic and electric guitars with a great bouncy sing-along riff that will have you humming the tune and tapping your feet immediately and yet again I love the great lyrics.

‘Give Me Fire’ finishes off this E.P, in style and is a cover of the GBH track and is every bit as good as the original. This E.P. is a work of art and will appeal to fans of loud guitars as well as the other works this trio has been involved with. They’re seasoned Rockers who have got the chops and know-how to deliver. Trust me you need this E.P. in your collection as it just gets better on every listen.  pity, it is not a full album as it really is that good. Right I’m off to blast this again.

Author: Gareth ‘Hotshot’ Hooper

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Nuclear Blast are delighted to announce the release of Black Star Riders new studio album “Another State Of Grace” on the 6thSeptember 2019. The band will support the record with a full UK and Ireland tour in October 2019 with additional dates in other territories to be announced in the near future.

The album is available on CD, vinyl and vinyl picture disc, limited edition boxset and limited edition light green vinyl. Full album tracklisting for all formats below:

“Another State Of Grace” sees the band deliver another stunning collection of songs. The bands new members Chad Szeliga (Drums) and Christian Martucci (Lead Guitar) further developing the band’s burgeoning reputation as one of the most essential contemporary rock acts. Recorded at Sphere Studios in Burbank, California in February 2017, “Another State Of Grace” was produced & mixed by Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Uriah Heep).

After a long period off the road, Black Star Riders are back with a 15 date UK & Ireland Tour with special guests Stone Broken and Wayward Sons. Dates for Black Star Riders 2019 UK & Ireland Tour are:

Thursday 10thOctober                                   O2 Academy, Bristol
Friday 11thOctober                                         Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Saturday 12thOctober                                    O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sunday 13thOctober                                       William Aston Hall, Wrexham
Wednesday 16thOctober                              Academy, Dublin *
Thursday 17thOctober                                   Limelight, Belfast *
Friday 18thOctober                                         Braehead Arena, Glasgow
Saturday 19thOctober                                    O2 Academy, Newcastle
Sunday 20thOctober                                       Rock City, Nottingham
Tuesday 22ndOctober                                    De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
Wednesday 23rdOctober                              O2 Academy, Bournemouth
Thursday 24thOctober                                   University Great Hall, Cardiff
Friday 25thOctober                                         Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
Saturday 26thOctober                                    O2 Academy, Leeds
Sunday 27thOctober                                       O2 Ritz, Manchester

* BSR and Stone Broken Only    § BSR Only as Guests to Saxon
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