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Below is our complete Battlecross news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Last week, Detroit, MI's Battlecross unveiled the title, cover art, and first single from upcoming new album, "War of Will."
This week, the guys have posted the first of two studio videos. The clips were filmed entirely by the band while holed-up at Audio Hammer Studios in Florida. In this first installment, fans will be treated to raw video of session drummer Shannon Lucas tracking songs for the album, as well as other candid clips from throughout the studio time.
"War of Will" releases July 9th, 2013 just as the band heads out for the summer on the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. Dates are available below. More...
Detroit, MI's Battlecross has unveiled the title, cover art, and first single from the band's upcoming new album. Stream "Force Fed Lies" and pre-order your copy of War of Will now at this location, or check out the track below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Battlecross triumphantly return as one of the true champions of American Heavy Metal with their devastating sophomore release, War of Will. Co-produced at Audio Hammer Studios with famed producers Mark Lewis and Eyal Levi, the sophomore effort from Detroit's newest soldiers of steel will soon prove as one of the most impressive follow-up releases, destined to become a heavy metal classic for fans of all sub-genres. 'War of Will triggers a strange Déjà Vu while feeling completely brand new' says Levi.
"After a fist-pumping debut, impressive breakout tours in 2012, Battlecross will continue their climb as one of metal's most impressive new bands with appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Orion Music + More with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones and Suicidal Tendencies in the band's hometown of Detroit and the 4th Annual GwarBQ with Municipal Waste and Corrosion of Conformity."
"War of Will" releases July 9th, 2013 just as the band heads out for the summer on the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. Tour dates are available below. More...
Detroit, MI's Battlecross has completed work on a second album for Metal Blade Records. The title, track-listing, as well as music and behind the scenes studio videos are being readied for public consumption.
Until then, Battlecross has shared some thoughts on the recording process at Audiohammer Studios with producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Trivium, Whitechapel, DevilDriver).
Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala explains: "I was extremely excited about recording our next album but I didn't know what to expect coming into Audiohammer. There was a lot of pressure on us, but we delivered! Our efforts would not have produced the same results without the masterminds of Mark and Eyal. I haven't stopped listening to it and I can't wait for the world to hear it!"
Guitarist Tony Asta adds: "We really pushed ourselves on the new album. Working with Mark and Eyal at Audiohammer was learning experience for me, especially while honing my lead guitar parts. The album came out light years ahead of my expectations and I'm proud to say I had a part in it. The recording process was different than I was used to but I really like their approach. The laid back atmosphere, mixed with the deliver or be delivered expectations, really inspired me to do my best.
On the low end, over-the-top bass guitar phenom, Don Slater, offers up his thoughts on the process: "What makes recording an album almost seem effortless is the environment and professionalism you are working with; Eyal Levi and Mark Lewis at Audiohammer are prime examples of this in top-notch form. As laid back as their approach is to their craft, it enables unbroken focus to the project by not fogging things up with unwanted stress. I simply couldn't have asked for a better team of gentlemen to work with, and the almost random cameos by Jason Suecof were a treat as well. These guys know exactly what they are doing, and it shows in their work, namely our upcoming release. Also, knowing the caliber of musicians they've worked with drove me to do the very best I could for this album, inspiring me to think outside the typical bass box. Our experience with Audiohammer not only pushed us to make the best damned album possible, but also made a better musician of myself. I can't thank them enough." More...
Battlecross has completed work on a sophomore album, which will be due out this summer during the band's tour as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
Recording has been completed and the finishing touches are being applied to the tracks and art. During tracking, drummer Shannon Lucas stepped in as the session drummer for the album. Lucas comments: "Being a fan of Battlecross, it is an honor to be a part of their new record. I can't wait for the world to hear this album."
Producer Eyal Levi adds, "I am so beyond excited for the chance to produce Shannon Lucas on the new Battlecross record. He's one of the true BEASTS of metal drumming. The man's skills are literally untouchable. Combine that with a badass rising star of a band and I think we've got the makings of a crushing record!"
As previously announced, Kevin Talley will be stepping in to play drums for the band on two upcoming live performances, the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest (4/19) and the Orion Music & More Festival (6/08-6/09). Drummer Mike Kreger has parted ways with the band to focus on some new opportunities and attend to personal business. Battlecross will announce a new permanent member once a final decision has been made.
The album, scheduled to be released in early summer, also features a guest guitar solo by Producer Jason Suecof, and will be mastered by Joey Vera of Armored Saint. Vera also mastered the band's cover of Pantera's "Hostile," which was released as a single last summer. More...
Metal Injection west coast correspondent Johnny Orlando Jr. was on the scene at the Whisky A Go Go on Monday, March 18th to cover the official Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest press conference where all the bands were unveiled (check out the full lineup right here).
Johnny made some guesses as to who would be performing, asked Rob Zombie the silliest question ever, and ended up with this video recap featuring interviews with Battlecross, Butcher Babies, Five Finger Death Punch and Motionless In White. Check out the clip here or through the player below.
Detroit thrashers Battlecross have announced Kevin Talley will be stepping in to play drums for the band on two upcoming live performances: the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest (4/19) and the Orion Music & More Festival (6/08-6/09).
Drummer Mike Kreger has parted ways with Battlecross to focus on some new opportunities and attend to personal business.
Veteran metal drummer Talley, who is currently drumming for Six Feet Under, said: "I'm stoked to play these shows with such an energetic and impressive band like Battlecross. I had a chance to see them play on Trespass America and at the Scion A/V Metal Blade Anniversary Show and was blown away! New England Metal Fest and Orion Music + More are huge opportunities for the band and I'm honored to fill in behind the kit, they are definitely one of my favorite new bands!"
The lineup for the sixth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival was announced today. Artists performing on the 2013 fest include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer, ROB ZOMBIE, plus, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as BEHEMOTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY, EMMURE, BORN OF OSIRIS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, BUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSS, HUNTRESS, THROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA. Four stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June).
All tickets go on sale March 22nd at 12:00 Noon local venue time via www.rockstarmayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com. The tour will stop in 26 cities across the United States and Canada as it makes its way to the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas on August 4th, 2013. The latest Mayhem Festival 2013 tour dates and venues are listed below: More...
Metallica, in conjunction with C3 Presents, is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival, to be held at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI on June 8th and 9th.
Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, and Bassnectar, while the festival will also feature acts including Gogol Bordello, Foals, Tomahawk, The Joy Formidable, Death Grips, and local Detroit bands The Dirtbombs and Battlecross.
"Last year's Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members," said Lars Ulrich. "The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in '13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train. Bring it the fuck on!"
Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across 5 live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica's band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield's Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett's Crypt, Lars Ulrich's Hit the Lights Film Tent and Robert Trujillo's Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.
The inaugural Orion Music + More was held in 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ with headliners Metallica, Arctic Monkeys and Avenged Sevenfold.
Detroit Thrashers Battlecross have announced that they will enter the studio next month to record the follow-up to their 2011 Metal Blade debut "Pursuit of Honor" (reviewed here).
The band will begin recording immediately after the "Another Year, Another Tour" with In Flames, Demon Hunter, and All Shall Perish for 27 North American dates that begins on February 2nd in Ft. Lauderdale.
Battlecross will look to Mark Lewis and crew at Audiohammer Studios in Florida to record the album, scheduled for release in summer 2013. Lewis, responsible for the production and/or engineering for bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Trivium, Devil Driver, and Deicide said, "I can't wait to be a part of Battlecross' next record. From the moment I heard the band I knew I wanted to be a part of their development. Hearing the new music has only solidified that feeling. Working with our good friends at Metal Blade and bringing great new music to the masses is what it's all about."
Eyal Levy will handle engineering duties on the record and Armored Saint's Joey Vera, who mastered the band's cover version of Pantera's "Fucking Hostile," will master.
Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says the band is "stoked to be working with a prolific studio and producer at Audiohammer. We're so focused on making a killer follow up album and we feel that Mark Lewis will help bring our raw, live sound to life." More...
The latest round of bands confirmed to storm the stage at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival XV has today been announced. The fresh additions to the brutal three-day event include Alleageon, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, MurderDeathKill and Dark Sermon, as well as Baltimore hardcore squad Trapped Under Ice and New Jersey’s renowned explosive tech metal practitioners The Dillinger Escape Plan.
A tour based around the fest has also been created by MassConcerts, something they’ve done for the past four years. Dubbed Mission Quest to Metal Fest, the trek was formed in order to help a few of the bands get to and from NEMHF this year. This year the tour unifies Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues, and Antagonist A.D. on a ten-date assault leading up to their individual performances at the festival.
Stated promoter Scott Lee on the formation of this built-in tour: “We are really proud of this year’s lineup, and to bring these bands together leading up to it. The tour includes Expire who played last year, California powerhouse Alpha & Omega, Power Trip who is an up-and-coming hardcore band from Texas, and Twitching Tongues. We're also very excited to have Antagonist A.D. from New Zealand; they are the band coming from the farthest away for the fest. Pretty happy to have them; we love putting foreign bands on the bill!” More...
Back on September 15th, Metal Blade Records and Scion A/V teamed up to bring you the label's showcase featuring Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim for a free matinee show at the Glasshouse in Pomona, Calif.
Scion A/V had a crew on hand to conduct video interviews with each of the bands and record the showcase for a free limited 7" release and digital download/stream featuring a track each from Gypsyhawk and Pilgrim.
Head over to AOL Noisecreep here to download (or stream) the digital copy of the 7" and to check out the video interviews. You can also check out the music and one of the interview clips below. More...
In Flames have added a slew of new dates to their previously announced "Another Year, Another Tour" across North America in early 2013 with Demon Hunter, All Shall Perish, and Battlecross in tow. Tickets are now on sale at the band's official website.
The complete list of dates runs as follows:
2/2 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
2/3 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
2/4 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
2/7 - Covington, KY - Madison Theater
2/8 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
2/9 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
2/10 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
2/12 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
2/13 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
2/14 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
2/15 - Venture, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
2/16 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
2/18 - Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
2/20 - Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
2/21 - Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom
2/22 - Saskatoon, SK – Odeon Events Centre
2/23 - Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre
2/24 - Fargo, ND – The Venue
2/26 - Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
2/27 - Guelph, ON – Guelph Concerte Theatre
2/28 - Quebec City, QC – Theatre Imperial
3/1 - Moncton, NB – Casino NB
3/2 - Halifax, NS – Cunard Centre
3/4 - New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
3/5 - Clifton Park, NY – Upstage Concert Hall
3/6 - Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
3/7 - Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Hot on the heels of a North American trek supporting Lamb Of God, and fresh off the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise in late January, In Flames will romp across America once again, this time as headliners.
The tour kicks off February 2nd in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Demon Hunter, All Shall Perish, and Battlecross will provide support. While tickets have yet to go on sale, the following dates have been announced:
2/2 - Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2/3 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
2/4 - Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
2/7 - Madison Theater - Covington, KY
2/8 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
2/9 - Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, NE
2/10 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO
2/12 - Orpheum Theatre - Flagstaff, AZ
2/13 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
2/14 - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
2/15 - Majestic Ventura Theatre - Ventura, CA
2/16 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV
Century Media Records recently offered a free download of their "Carnival Of Sounds II" compilation, which features In Flames' track "Ropes" from latest studio album "Sounds Of A Playground Fading."
Detroit, MI's Battlecross will embark on a short headlining tour with label mates Abiotic this December. Two of this year's breakout Metal Blade bands will embark on The Growing Pains Tour, stopping at various cities throughout the Midwest/southern US, including Des Moines, IA, Richmond, VA, Peoria, IL, and more.
The tour runs from December 8th through December 21st and will be one of your last chances to catch a metal show before everyone heads home for the holidays. The confirmed dates are listed below. Abiotic will be performing in support of new album "Symbiosis" (reviewed here).
Hiran Deraniyagala of Battlecross comments: "We're excited to hit the road with an up and coming band like Abiotic. We're stoked to team up with another new Metal Blade band and I feel both bands will bring in a new audience to the tour. Although this is a limited run, we hope that it gives everyone a taste of what Metal Blade plans for the future of Heavy Metal and we can't wait to rage with the midwest on this tour!" More...
As was previously announced, Metal Blade Records and Scion A/V have teamed up to bring fans a free showcase at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on September 15th (matinee from 1p-6p). This event, which celebrates the label's 30th anniversary, will feature performances from Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim. To make the showcase that much more special, San Diego California's Cattle Decapitation will be performing the band's latest album, "Monolith of Inhumanity," in its entirety for the first time ever.
RSVP for this free event right here and remember, as always, get there early, as space is limited and entry is not guaranteed. The show details are:
Saturday, September 15th, 2012
1pm – 6 pm
The Glass House
200 West 2nd Street
Pomona, CA 91766 More...
Metal Blade Records and Scion A/V are excited to announce a label showcase at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on September 15th. Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim are set to perform and entry is free with RSVP – info on how to RSVP will be coming later on this week. In the mean time, check out the promotional poster for the label showcase below.
The inaugural Mayhem Festival Cruise that was to take place this December has been canceled. The cruise was to set sail on Friday, December 7th, 2012 from the Port of Miami, FL and travel to the Bahamas, returning to the mainland on Monday, December 10th.
Bands confirmed for the cruise included Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence, and Kingdom of Sorrow, Gojira, Periphery, Born of Osiris, Battlecross, Otherwise, Girl on Fire, Anti Mortem, and Gypsyhawk. Mayhem veterans JDevil (Jonathan Davis of Korn) and DJ Starscream (Sid of Slipknot) were also to perform full DJ sets each night.
Here's the official statement from the organizers:
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel the Mayhem Festival Cruise. If you purchased a cruise package, you will be automatically refunded to the credit card you used to purchase. If you used a prepaid card or gift card to purchase the cruise, please contact Rose Tours for your refund (215-663-8800). If you used a credit or debit card, you will see the credit within the next 2 to 3 weeks.
We are also offering anyone who purchased a cruise ticket a lifetime complimentary pass to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Summer Tour. You will still receive your cruise refund in addition to the lifetime pass to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. This pass is valid on any tour date beginning in 2013. Details on getting these lifetime passes will be announced shortly.
We apologize for the cancellation.
We'll report on the details of the cancellation when they become known.
Of course, Barge To Hell sets sail the week prior to the planned Mayhem Festival Cruise and also goes to the Bahamas.
Detroit, MI's Battlecross and Bloody-Disgusting.com have just released a brand new, live music video for the track "Kaleb," cut from the band's latest Metal Blade Records release, "Pursuit of Honor." Fans can check out the video now at this location or in the player available below.
The video was directed and edited by Ryan Glisan of death metal band and label-mate Allegaeon and the live footage in the video was filmed at the July 13th kick off date of the Trespass America festival in Broomfield, CO.
"Kaleb is the one song on the album that I'm the most proud of because I wrote it about my son," states vocalist Kyle "Gumby" Gunther. "To have this be the track that Ryan used is really special to me, because seeing the intensity of our first arena show with such a hard-hitting song really gives the world a good idea of how much I love my boy. As a band, we'll never forget that show. We were nervous as all hell!" More...
New Jersey warriors God Forbid have teamed up with Battlecross to bring fans more metal - starting on July 6th in Springfield, VA, God Forbid will be headlining a set of dates leading up to the Tresspass America Festival. God Forbid will also be performing on a series of off dates with Battlecross. Dates are available below or over at the Victory Records website.
Headlining Tour Dates:
7/06-Springfield, VA @ Empire 7/07-Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
7/08- Winston –Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
7/10- Fayetteville, AR @ Stone Pony
7/12- Wichita, KS @ The Scenery
7/18- St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
7/20- Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s **** GOD FORBID ONLY *****
8/09- S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
8/11- Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/31- Shreveport, LA @ The Riverside Warehouse
9/01- Memphis, TN @ Newby’s
TRESPASS AMERICA FESTIVAL DATES:
7/13 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
7/15 – Billings, MT @ Metra Park Arena
7/16 – Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Civic Center
7/17 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Sioux Falls Arena
7/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
7/21 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Allen County Expo Center
7/22 – Waterloo, IA @ McElroy Auditorium
7/24 – Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheatre
7/25 – Belton, TX @ Bell County Expo Center
7/27 – San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
7/28 – Beaumont, TX @ Ford Pavilion
7/30 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
7/31 – Evansville, IN @ Ford Center
8/01 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion At Riverbend Music
8/03 – Battle Creek, MI @ Kellogg Arena
8/04 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadowbrook Arena
8/05 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion
8/07 - Syracuse, NY @ Oswego Speedway
8/08 – Glens Falls, NY @ Glens Falls Civic Center
8/10 – Scarborough, ME @ Scarborough Downs
8/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
8/15 – Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
8/17 – Worchester, MA @ DCU Center
8/18 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
8/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier
8/21 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown
8/22 - Knoxville, TN @ Knoxville Civic Coliseum
8/24 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater
8/25 – Rio Rancho, NM @ Santa Ana Star Center
8/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theater
8/28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Detroit, MI’s self-touted “blue collar thrashers” Battlecross are gearing up to lay waste to the states on this summer’s Trespass America festival. The festival kicks off in one month on July 13th, 2012 in Broomfield, CO and features headliners Five Finger Death Punch, as well as the reunited original line-up of Killswitch Engage. The Trespass America Festival also features Trivium, Emmure, Pop Evil, and God Forbid.
Battlecross has also been added to this year’s Heavy MTL festival in Montreal, QC. To learn more about the festival and to read about this year’s line-up, head to this location. See below for all confirmed Battlecross tour dates and stay tuned for more updates coming soon! More...