BLACK STAR RIDERS will release their fourth studio album in September via Nuclear Blast. Titled "Another State Of Grace", the follow-up to 2017's "Heavy Fire" was produced and mixed by Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX, URIAH HEEP).
The band will support the record with a full U.K. and Ireland tour in October 2019, with additional dates in other territories to be announced in the near future.
BLACK STAR RIDERS, which 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), recorded the album in February at Sphere Studios in Burbank, California.
Says Warwick: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be back with a brand new BLACK STAR RIDERS album. In my honest opinion, this is the best record the band has made. This is Christian and Chad's first album with the band and they have brought a fantastic energy and vibe."
Gorham adds: "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 on December 3.
"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.
Dates for BLACK STAR RIDERS' 2019 U.K. and Ireland tour:
Oct. 10 - O2 Academy, Bristol
Oct. 11 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Oct. 12 - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Oct. 13 - William Aston Hall, Wrexham
Oct. 14 - Rock City, Nottingham
Oct. 16 - Academy, Dublin *
Oct. 17 - Limelight, Belfast *
Oct. 18 - Braehead Arena, Glasgow §
Oct. 19 - O2 Academy, Newcastle
Oct. 20 - O2 Ritz, Manchester
Oct. 22 - De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
Oct. 23 - O2 Academy, Bournemouth
Oct. 24 - University Great Hall, Cardiff
Oct. 25 - Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
Oct. 26 - O2 Academy, Leeds
* BLACK STAR RIDERS and STONE BROKEN only
§ BLACK STAR RIDERS only as guests to SAXON
Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m.
Photo credit: Robert John