Out February 3

(Nuclear Blast)

On Cold War Love a typically engaging and erudite Ricky Warwick sings ‘I believe that what we’ve got is worth fighting for’.

In isolation it’s a strong enough statement. But as a mantra for Black Star Riders it takes on a deeper level of significance and meaning.

There was a time when it would have been easy for Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson and co. to rest on Thin Lizzy’s laurels and forget all about making new music. Forget all about the associated risks and potential pitfalls.

The band could have played on. And on. And on. And few would have complained if their live shows featured nothing more than a raft of Lynott classics.

But that’s not what the most recent incarnation of Lizzy – seamlessly morphed into Black Star Riders – is all about. Warwick has never been interested in an easy life – he’s more about a creative, challenging, full life.

Alongside Johnson the former Almighty man has served up BSR’s best album yet. This is a band that’s hit its stride, forged its own identity and set the bar for classic rock in 2017.

There’s a confidence, almost a swagger, about Heavy Fire with a dazzling array of future live favourites in the shape of Dancing With The Wrong Girl, the Radio Two-endorsed Testify Or Say Goodbye and the brilliant True Blue Kid.

What BSR have is really worth fighting for.