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Battlecross

Formed in 2003, Battlecross are a thrash/melodic death metal band hailing from Canton, Michigan, with a sound that recalls the feeling of old-school American thrash and classic Gothenburg death metal, bringing plenty of driving riffs, crazy solos, and relentlessness while upping the intensity to a new level. Battlecross refer to their sound as "blue collar thrash."

The band was initially formed by guitarists Tony Asta and Hiran Deraniyagala, who recruited drummer Mike Kreger, singer Kyle "Gumby" Gunther, and bassist Don Slater. Battlecross made their debut in 2010 with the self-released Push Pull Destroy, though it would be re-recorded the following year after the band signed on with Metal Blade, which released the remade version, Pursuit of Honor, in 2011. A follow-up, War or Will, arrived in 2013, a year that also saw the departure of Kreger from the band. Drummer Kevin Talley filled in live shows culminating in the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour that summer. Adam Pierce of All Shall Perish took the drum chair for a fall tour with Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, and the Acacia Strain. After the jaunt concluded, Shannon Lucas replaced him through the winter, spring and into the following summer. He remained with Battlecross during two European tours (opening for Huntress) and another North American sojourn. Their popularity among metalheads soared. After Lucas left, drummer Alex Bent played with the band for the remainder of the summer and was behind the kit for their first show in Mexico City (opening for Black Label Society) and then a tour of South America.

The young band's energy and technical acumen were gaining attention and they stayed on the road, opening shows and touring with Machine Head and Children of Bodom.

After coming off the road in late 2014, Battlecross immediately entered Florida's Audiohammer Studios, with producer Jason Suecof. A pre-release single entitled "Not Your Slave" appeared in May of 2015, followed by "Spoiled" in June. The full-length Rise to Power was released in August. ~ Gregory Heaney & Thom Jurek
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Track List: Rise To Power

1. Scars

2. Not Your Slave

3. Absence

4. Spoiled

5. The Climb

6. Blood & Lies

7. Bound By Fear

8. Despised

9. Shackles

10. The Path

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Track List: War Of Will

1. Force Fed Lies

2. Flesh And Bones

3. Never Coming Back

4. My Vaccine

5. Get Over It

6. Ghost Alive

7. Wage A War

8. The Will To Overcome

9. Beast

10. Never-Ending Night

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Track List: Pursuit Of Honor

1. Pursuit Of Honor

2. Push Pull Destroy

3. Kaleb

4. Deception

5. Man Of Stone

6. Breaking You

7. Rupture

8. Leech

9. Better Off Dead

10. Misery

11. Foreshadowing

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These guys are literally the future of metal. The sound is just so unique
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vasta1955
\m/
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Bad a**
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I was their man mayhem
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what happened to these guys?
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Mayhem 2015? That would be sweet
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Tony Asta has the best smile in all of metal
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War Of Will looks like five horses sharing a metal tortilla
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Just seen my friend gumby n we f**kin did flint
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I went so hard in there mosh pit f**king love you guys you make my insides smile so sick!!!!
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I've seen these guys 2 times they fuckn tore it up
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Awesome metal band!
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The best in modern day death metal.
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around for a long time!\m/
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Its awesome to see a metal band here in Michigan that are blowing up like they are! got the chance to see them live at the machine shop in flint and was lucky enough to get their war of will disc signed after purchasing it from there! I'm definitely hooked and can't stop listening! Their live show was one of the best I've seen yet! Been listening to metal for 26 years now and its great to hear the thrash influence they have in their music, its pretty refreshing too.hope to see these guys stick a
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LOVE LOVE LOVE this band!!
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Gumby RULES!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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saw them at ga mayhem signed my phone too rock on guys

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The members of this band are my social studies teachers best friends
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from all of your fans at pcep, rock on! by far the coolest band from our hometown
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Good band War of Will great album I hope to hear more albums in the future nice to have good ol thrash metal back in the scene
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I remember working at a pizza hut with Tony, he f**king rocks!!
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GWAR-B-QUE 2013!
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I hope everyone picks up war of will
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Awe you are so sweet !!
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These guys kill! The f**king hostile cover was badass. And they tore up the auburn washington mayhem!
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they were awesome at mayhem fest in auburn they were badass and they cover slayers war ensemble
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mjskywalker8 7
Where do I start... Have known them a few years, especially Hiran. Remember sleeping in a Wawa parking lot in their cargo van after a tiny show in jersey. Now look at them. Blowing up. I will always love you fellas. The sooner you make it back this way, the better. Much love to Velda too for pushing them further.
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Omg I love them!!! My uncle if like friends with lead guitarist amazing!!!!
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Battlecross rules!!!!
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Awesome!!!
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These guys are awesome! Made in Michigan. They should be in a Pure Michigan ad. Best band of the 2010's. \m/
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Just saw them with cannibal corpse they killed it
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Some good stuff here
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F**k yeah michigan metal! I remember seeing the vocalist in his old band Idecay countless times back in the day.
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F**kin love this band!!! Saw them on Trespass America, they tore it up!
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LOVE IT!!!! METAL FOREVER!!!!! ! ! ! !
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f**k yeah!!!

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