Saturday, December 08, 2012
A sonic metal assault that leaves audiences pumped with adrenaline, Battlecross have come a long way in such a short period of time. Sharing the stage with acts like GWAR, Goatwhore, Origin, Hate Eternal, Dying Fetus, Aborted, Vital Remains, Devil Driver, and The Absence among others across the Midwest, their first video for “Push Pull Destroy” from their Metal Blade Records debut album Pursuit Of Honor has over 750,000 views in six months on YouTube (as of 6/1/12). The song has been a staple on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal channel, spending 25 weeks on the Devil’s Dozen weekly countdown and ascending to the #1 most requested metal track in the nation for five weeks- charting ahead of acts like Soulfly, Machine Head, Anthrax, Lamb of God and Cannibal Corpse during their latest single releases.
With killer reviews across the internet and in print publications throughout North America and overseas ( including band of the month in Metal Hammer Norway and Metal Hammer Spain), it should be no surprise that this blue collar, hard-work ethic that comes from Battlecross’ five musicians translates into a potent force on record as well as on stage.
Battlecross’ story begins with childhood friends and guitarists Tony Asta and Hiran Deraniyagala, who grew up across the street from each other in Canton, Michigan. They solidified Battlecross’ take no prisoner metal style in 2007, gaining accolades with social media sites such as Myspace as early as 2008 becoming one of the best unsigned bands across North America. Current bassist Don Slater would replace Mike Heugel in 2008, and his fluid, technical texture would add even more depth to their savage style. Battlecross drummer Mike Kreger continually receives praise for his fast, hard hitting thrash play, not just from the fans but through cymbal manufacturer Zildjian and sickdrummer.com . The final piece of the band vocalist Kyle ‘Gumby’ Gunter entered the picture in 2010, replacing Marshall Wood and already a fixture on the Flint, MI music since through his previous band. Gumby’s added stage presence and command of the crowd brought a higher level of live excitement to push the band to even higher levels of acceptance.
This down to earth, humble group is ready to embark on a lengthy touring trek in support of Pursuit Of Honor, which started in the winter of 2011 with Rose Funeral and Diamond Plate. Unafraid to spread their sound out to some of the most ardent underground followers, 2012 will see Battlecross playing the Trespass America Festival across North America (with Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and God Forbid) and The Mayhem Festival Cruise (with Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Machine Head, and Suicide Silence). Plans are already underway for the band to spread their live madness overseas.
Ticket Info:Tickets are $8 in Advance. Advance are available at All Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone 419.474.1333, www.ticketmaster.com , and/or locally at Culture Clash (419.536.LOVE), and Ramalama Records (419.531.ROCK). Tickets are $10 day of show at the door.