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After insisting the band will NOT be your slave damn it, Battlecross has another track online for streaming from the "Rise To Power" album. "Spoiled" can be heard below, and guitarist Tony Asta spoke about the track:
"'Spoiled' kicks in with a heavy rockin old-school vibe and progresses into a brutal more technical feel. It's also a really fun song to jam. The subject matter and lyrics of 'Spoiled' were inspired by the dependency on modern technology, more specifically the cyber world.
"An entire generation thrives from its use but does not know what it was like before the internet existed. It IS a great tool, although the magnitude of its impact on our everyday lives sometimes gives me the chills. This is the only song I had a hand in writing lyrics for and you can thank the 'phone-gazing zombies' for it." More...
Motor City thrashers Battlecross just returned home from a successful trip to Bogota, CO, and nearly immediately upon returning launch a brand new song from forthcoming album, "Rise to Power."
The new song, "Not Your Slave," is streaming below. You can also pre-order "Rise To Power" at this location. The album will be released worldwide on Metal Blade Records on August 21st, 2015.
The record was produced by Jason Suecof, and mixed/mastered by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios. Cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai (Sabaton, Sacred Steel).
Guitarist Tony Asta offers the following comment on the new single streaming below: "We're really happy with the crushing feel of this song. Somehow through the writing process, maybe even on accident, a more groovy feel was created. We won't write the same record twice and I think this is our strongest and more dynamic album yet."
2. Not Your Slave
5. The Climb
6. Blood & Lies
7. Bound by Fear
10. The Path More...
Thirty years have passed since GWAR awoke from the prison of Antarctic slumber in 1985. Since that time, the band has used broadswords and guitars to shape the music and culture of mankind.
30 years later, the world sucks more than it ever has, and humans have GWAR to thank! Three decades of bloodlust, throttling the life from humanity, and perverting the human imagination have left no doubt that GWAR rules supreme!
What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a spectacular victory lap bringing death and depravity to cities across America? GWAR's "30 Years of Total Domination Tour" is a celebration of unimaginable torment. Expect more blood and bodily fluids than ever before as your Lords and Masters take on the newest threat to their very existence - the Internet! That's right, GWAR is going to kick the Internet's ass; if they can ever stop jerking off to porn long enough to find it.
Pustulus is none too pleased about the situation, having this to say while "taking 5" from his weekly schedule of drawing dicks on bible pages: "I've survived prisons, gulags, religious protests, surfing a crucial wave on D-Day, and even an ISIS spaghetti dinner, so this is nothing. Bring it on! GWAR is coming! Where is Baltimore?"
Support on the tour will come from Butcher Babies and Battlecross. Dates are as follows: More...
The Motor City thrashers from Battlecross have announced that they will join Crowbar and Lord Dying on The Summer of Doom Tour, with the devastation beginning May 28th and ending July 3rd in Crowbar's home state of Louisiana. Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala comments:
"I am beyond excited to tour with one of my favorite bands, Crowbar. Ever since I heard Odd Fellows Rest, I've been a fan. Kirk Windstein is such a monster guitar player. His riffs are inspiring. It's an honor to be able to hit the road with these guys and I'm thankful and excited for the opportunity. We're excited to get back out there, especially Western Canada (it's been too long!) See you all soon!"
The Summer of Doom is the first tour for Battlecross since finishing the production of a third Metal Blade release, produced by Mark Lewis and engineered by Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios. The tour also puts an end to the band's search for a permanent drummer, announcing that the Bay Area's Alex Bent will sit behind the kit. Catch the band live: More...
Crowbar will embark on the "Summer Of Doom" starting at the end of May alongside Battlecross and Lord Dying. Dates for the trek are as follows:
5/28/2015 - Shreveport, LA - Riverside Warehouse
5/29/2015 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
5/30/2015 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog
5/31/2015 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
6/2/2015 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
6/3/2015 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
6/4/2015 - San Diego, CA - Til Two
6/5/2015 - Long Beach, CA - DiPiazzas
6/6/2015 - Los Angeles, CA - Whisky A Go Go
6/8/2015 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
6/9/2015 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
6/10/2015 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
6/12/2015 - Calgary, AB - Republik
6/13/2015 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite
6/14/2015 - Saskatoon, SK - Obrians
6/16/2015 - Winnipeg, MB - The Zoo
6/17/2015 - Minneapolis, MN - Amsterdam
6/18/2015 - Cudahy, WI - The Metal Grill
6/19/2015 - Detroit, MI - Shelter
6/20/2015 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
6/21/2015 - Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
6/22/2015 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
6/23/2015 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
6/24/2015 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
6/25/2015 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
6/26/2015 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
6/27/2015 - Albany, NY - Trickshot Billiards
6/28/2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage
6/29/2015 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
6/30/2015 - Frederick, MD - Cafe 611
7/1/2015 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
7/2/2015 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
7/3/2015 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theater More...
Detroit, Michigan's Battlecross has released a brand new live drum-cam video, showcasing drummer Alex Bent blasting through the song "Ghosts Alive".
Check out now the clip below (courtesy of sickdrummermagazine).
Detroit, MI's Battlecross has released a brand new video for the song "My Vaccine," taken from the band's most recent album, "War of Will."
The Roy Warner directed clip takes inspiration from the cult classic film "They Live" and can be seen below, thanks to Metal Injection.
In other news, Battlecross recently visited the Center for the Intrepid on Friday, December 5th, prior to a show in Austin. The band toured the facility, and met with staff, as well as wounded veterans. Read more about the facility and the band's visit over here.
Battlecross continues a tour with Wretched and War of Ages tonight in Hollywood, CA at the Whisky a Go Go! Full dates are available after the jump. More...
Following the band's originally scheduled support slot on the recently cancelled Machine Head tour, Michigan's Battlecross will be heading back out on the road next month for more than two dozen headlining dates through North America.
Dubbed the "Winter Warriors" tour, the trek will kick off on November 26th in Grand Rapids, Michigan and conclude on December 30th in Worcester, Massachusetts. Support will come from Wretched and War Of Ages.
In honor of the U.S. Armed Forces, this Veterans Day Battlecross will make a limited number of tickets available to VET TIX so that local members of the military may attend a show in their city at no cost. The band will also be donating a portion of the funds generated from sales of a limited edition tour shirt to a local veteran's charity, and choose a veteran in each market for a VIP experience.
On Veteran's Day (November 11th) fans can nominate a friend or family member who has served their country and share their story and photo, with a member of the military being chosen to win a guitar and more at the end of the tour.
On the same day, the band will also bring back merchandise from their first Metal Blade album, "Pursuit Of Honor," in their official merch store, with a portion of the proceeds being set aside to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, a veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events to wounded veterans of the military following the events of September 11th, 2001.
Battlecross just checked in with the following update about new tour dates running through the end of the year:
"Tour announcement - Battlecross is hitting the road with our friends in Wretched and War Of Ages on the 'Winter Warriors' tour!
"Stay tuned to this page for info about special events to pay tribute to members of the military through the tour. Which show are you going to?" More...
Battlecross recently returned home from the band's first trip to the southern hemisphere. The Detroit shredders performed live in South America with Killswitch Engage, plus a show in Mexico City with none other than Black Label Society.
The career first will be followed by the band's second go around with the fine folks at Audiohammer studios in Florida. Before tracking begins, however, Battlecross will be on tour throughout North America with Machine Head. The tour, which also features Children of Bodom and Epica, begins on October 4th in Denver, CO.
Guitarist Tony Asta comments on recording: "We are very pleased to announce our return to Audiohammer this winter to record the next album. Warm sunny Florida has absolutely nothing to do with our decision to go back! We are honored to work with producers Mark Lewis and Eyal Levi once again, as their guidance and expertise has really helped us grow. I am very enthusiastic about the new material so far and, although we're still in the early stages the creative process, it's proving to be a little less painful than before. It will kick your ass."
The band also offered up the following statement regarding recent South American tour dates:
"It's unreal how many different countries we've been to this year! We've done Europe twice and we finally hit Mexico City and Brazil this summer! We knew Mexico would be big for Battlecross because we see tons of fans from Mexico City posting on facebook, but we still weren't prepared for how well the fan response would be when we opened for Black Label.
"For never playing that part of the world, word sure spreads quickly because the fans were rabid in both Mexico and Brazil! Singing along, chanting, circle pits and hair whips--- they were relentless! Probably the best shows we've ever played. We're thankful for Black Label and Killswitch Engage taking us down there and everyone at Liberation MC, Eyescream, The Agency Group and more. It was an experience to remember and thankfully we got some killer footage to show you! We can't wait to return to south of the border!"
For a behind the scenes look at the band's experience in South American, check out a brand new tour diary video below. More...
Machine Head will continue dominating North America with the announcement of a 21-show U.S. and Canadian trek in support of the band's debut studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, due out this Fall.
The devastating lineup will also feature Children of Bodom, Epica, and Battlecross. The tour launches on October 4th in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1st.
Machine Head front man & guitarist Robb Flynn checks in about the touring line-up and the upcoming shows:
"Machine Head raised the bar with concert production for 2012 ‘s 'Locust' tour, and now we plan to raise the bar again with our biggest US show yet, and the strongest line-up out there for 2014, PERIOD!!
"This is a MUST SEE event for any heavy metal fan in America! I am stoked that we were able to join up with our friends in Children Of Bodom, one of the premier power metal bands of our time, and our friends in Battlecross, who we toured with on Mayhem last year, and are going to bring the old-school thrash vibe. Epica’s symphonic metal will add a touch of much needed class to the drunken shenanigans that will surely take place on this raucous tour. Come out and be a part of history ladies and gentlemen!"
Children Of Bodom's Alexi Laiho adds: “We’ve rolled with Machine Head quite a few times in the past. My best memories are kick azz shows, parties, camaraderie and vocal coaching from Robb Flynn way back in 2008, so I think we’ll have a good time tearing it up all over North America! Not a bad way to end the long and non stop tour cycle for 'Halo Of Blood!'"
“With this killer line-up, this tour is bound to be a great success,” states Epica vocalist Simone Simons. “We will bring Epica to a whole new level and I can't wait to play the new songs along with the old material overseas.”
Epica founding member Mark Jansen shares: “Machine Head and Children of Bodom are bands I listened to as teenager, so it's really amazing to be on this tour with Epica." More...
Toronto, Ontario's epic death/power metal outfit Crimson Shadows yesterday confirmed summer tour dates with Battlecross.
The Canadian Wacken Battle champions Crimson Dhadows recently signed with Napalm Records and will have a new album out this summer. The album was recorded at Silverwing Studios in Montreal with producers Jonathan Lefrançois and Jee Gagnon and was mixed by Eyal Levi of Audiohammer Studios.
Bassist Morgan Rider says, "We are beyond excited to announce our second foray into the United States this year with our American brothers, Battlecross! We have been meticulously labouring away on our new album for Napalm Records and now we cannot wait to further prove ourselves to them and to our American fans and fans to be! Cheers!" More...
American thrash act Battlecross has confirmed summer tour dates with Canada's Wacken Battle winners Crimson Shadows and New York's IKILLYA.
Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says, "We're excited to announce our first headline run in quite a while. It's short but sweet, and this gives us time to write the new record this summer. We are stoked to have our Canadian brothers, Crimson Shadows joining us. We did a short run with those guys earlier this year and they're a great live band and have an awesome record coming out next fall."
After two busy summers on the 2012 Trespass America tour and the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the band looks forward to some time off before South American dates with Killswitch Engage. Battlecross will use the time to write the follow up to "War of Will."
Battlecross is currently on tour in Europe with a series of festival appearances including Download Festival and the Graspop Metal Meeting, plus club shows with Huntress and Lacuna Coil. A full list of dates can be found below.
Guitarist Tony Asta says, "The past year has been very inspiring for the band and our attitude towards the writing process this time around is more confident and driven. I expect our next album to kick you in the ass harder than the last. Album #3 will be a serious contender in 2015 and a defining Battlecross record." More...
Detroit, MI's Battlecross is releasing a new cover of Slayer's "War Ensemble." SiriusXM Liquid Metal's Jose Mangin will debut the track live today at 5:00 pm EST. It will then repeat every three hours throughout the weekend.
Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says, "Slayer is obviously one of our biggest influences. Slayer taught me personally to not give a fuck and throw in attitude in your riffs. War Ensemble is one of my favorite Slayer songs because it embodies the aggression and attitude of Slayer but also is more dynamic than a traditional Slayer song that is all speed.
"Jeff Hanneman was an underrated player and it's shame his greatness was only recognized after he passed. In honor of Jeff we wanted to cover 'War Ensemble' and throw in a bit of our own twist and speed to the song. Slayer!!!!!!"
The track will be available for streaming online on May 27th and will later be made available to fans via iTunes.
Battlecross' cover of "War Ensemble" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Matt Dalton at 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Battlecross recently kicked off a North American tour with Killswitch Engage and Trivium. The tour will wrap up at the end of May, and then the band will regroup and venture to Europe in June for a series of festival appearances, as well as club shows with Huntress. The entire confirmed listing of dates can be seen below. More...
Killswitch Engage will return to Michigan to headline Dirt Fest 2014. Coming off of a Rock On The Range appearance and a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance for “In Due Time” from latest Roadrunner Records release "Disarm the Descent," Killswitch closes the band's 2013-2014 World Tour at Dirt Fest 2014.
The 2014 Dirt Fest lineup includes: Killswitch Engage, Sid Wilson of Slipknot, Powerman 5000, Hed Pe, Nonpoint, Chimaira, Battlecross, Gemini Syndrome, Tantric, Smile Empty Soul, Local H, Redlight King, Like A Storm, Nothing More, Eyes Set To Kill, Gift Giver, Blue Felix, Psychostick, and a special mystery co-headliner to be announced on July 19th.
The town of Birch Run, MI will once again get turned on its head at Dirt Fest 2014 on Saturday, August 9th. The festival celebrates its 16th year and is hosted by Matt and Andy Dalton of Dalton Brothers Entertainment, along with Banana 101.5 FM. More...
Detroit metal squad Battlecross has just launched three new live bootlegs. POV Recordings recently shot and edited live videos of "Flesh & Bone," "Never Coming Back," and "Kaleb" from the band's show at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. Check 'em out below.
You can also see the band live with Killswitch Engage on these dates:
5/12/2014 Capones - Johnson City, TN w/ Trivium (No Killswitch Engage)
5/13/2014 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Trivium (No Killswitch Engage)
5/15/2014 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD w/ Trivium, Nothing More
5/16/2014 The Machine Shop - Flint, MI w/ Trivium, Devil You Know (No Killswitch Engage)
5/17/2014 London Music Hall - London, ON w/ Trivium
5/18/2014 Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY w/ Nothing More
5/20/2014 Iron City - Birmingham, AL w/ Trivium, Nothing More
5/21/2014 The Varsity Theatre - Baton Rouge, LA w/ Trivium (No Killswitch Engage)
5/22/2014 Minglewood Hall - Memphis, TN w/ Trivium, Nothing More
5/23/2014 Centerstage Bar & Grill - Kokomo, IN w/ Black Fast
5/24/2014 Fubar - St. Louis, MO w/ Black Fast
5/25/2014 Aftershock - Merriam, KSw/ Black Fast
5/26/2014 The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
5/27/2014 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM w/ Nothing More
5/28/2014 Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, CO w/ Nothing More
8/09/2014 Dirtfest @ Birch Run Expo Center - Birch Run, MI
This week, our Official Podcast brings you another round of live music recaps. First, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) revisits the burgeoning local metal scene of Lynchburg, Virginia – previously covered here – with a rundown of its newly minted “Thursday Throwdown” series of concerts.
The second show, held at Phase 2 on Thursday, April 17th, presented a compact and delightfully complete ceremony of rock and metal tribute, starting with three-piece cover act Mourn The Illusion, continuing with progressive melodic metallers Unspoken, and culminating with headliners and local hard rock darlings Singleside ("Moving Forward" album review here).
Next up, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) discusses a recent headlining performance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by Canadian bizarro-metal wackos Protest The Hero. Check out his thoughts about the bill, which included openers Intervals, eclectic tech-proggers The Safety Fire, and strangely, Detroit thrashers Battlecross.
Finally, your co-hosts react to the recently released single “All Rise” from Wovenwar, the new formation of As I Lay Dying members minus prison-bound frontman Tim Lambesis. Wovenwar features Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar), Josh Gilbert (bass/vocals), and Oh, Sleeper frontman Shane Blay (vocals).
Check out the podcast here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.
The American thrash titans in Battlecross have confirmed their first-ever South American tour dates with Killswitch Engage and Memphis May Fire in August. The band will play three dates in Brazil.
Guitarist Tony Asta of Battlecross says: "Battlecross is primed and ready to explore the unknown and take on South America with the mighty Killswitch Engage and Memphis May Fire. This will be our first time ever performing in this part of the world where a strong legacy of thrash metal has created a culture of the most devoted metal heads in the planet. We've been keeping in touch with fans through the Battlecross Brasil Facebook page and we can't wait to show them what we've got!"
See Battlecross live on these dates:
08/22/14 Curitiba, Brazil @ Music Hall
08/23/14 Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Carioca Club
08/24/14 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Circo Voador
Battlecross tour dates w/ Killswitch Engage
05/01/14 The Paramount Huntington NY w/ Into Another
05/04/14 Reverb Reading PA
05/12/14 Capones Johnson City TN w/ Trivium
05/15/14 Rams Head Live Baltimore MD w/ Trivium, Nothing More
05/16/14 The Machine Shop Flint MI Trivium, Devil You Know
05/17/14 London Music Hall London ON w/ Trivium
05/18/14 The Town Ballroom Buffalo NY w/ Nothing More
05/20/14 Iron City Birmingham AL w/ Trivium, Nothing More
05/21/14 The Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge LA w/ Trivium
05/22/14 Minglewood Hall Memphis TN w/ Trivium, Nothing More Than Life
05/27/14 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque NM w/ Nothing More
05/28/14 Mesa Theater Grand Junction CO w/ Nothing More More...
American thrash metal band Battlecross has confirmed a European summer run, including some of the biggest festivals, as well as co-headline shows with Huntress.
Battlecross comments: "We're excited to be part of this years Rock Am Ring & Rock Im Park! Once again we get to be part of two more great European festivals with some of the biggest bands in Metal and Rock! To be able to share the stage with Metallica again and for the first time, Slayer is an honor! We look forward to melting the European crowd's faces!"
05/06/14 DE – Nürburg – Rock am Ring
06/06/14 DE – Nürnberg – Rock im Park
10/06/14 DE – Hamburg – Markthalle
11/06/14 DE – Tilburg – 013 w/Huntress
13/06/14 UK – Castle Donington – Download Festival
15/06/14 AT – Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock
17/06/14 CH – Uster – Rock City w/Huntress
18/06/14 CH – Geneve – L'Usine w/Huntress
19/06/14 IT – Milano – Club Legend w/Huntress
20/06/14 SI – Ljubljana – Orto Bar w/Huntress
21/06/14 HR – Zagreb – Mochvara Club w/Huntress
27/06/14 BE – Dessel – Graspop Festival
The promoters of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, currently gearing up for the sixteenth consecutive annual run of the event this April, have finalized this year's lineup with the addition of Detroit party crew Wilson.
Additionally, three local bands won the recent Break Thru Music's Battle for Metal Fest competitions for a chance to perform at the event. This now adds Death Rattle to the Thursday lineup, Carnivora to Friday's, and Acius to the bill on Saturday.
This year's festival takes place from April 17th - 19th in Worcester, MA and ticket info is available right here. The finalized lineup is as follows:
Thursday - April 17, 2014
All That Remains
Rivers of Nihil
Scars of Tomorrow
The Last Ten Seconds of Life
Years Since The Storm More...