April 16, 2013
- April 15th, 2013 –
BATTLECROSS has completed work on their sophomore album, which will be due out this summer during their 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, one of metal’s most acclaimed drummers, 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 their 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 their 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.
April 16, 2013
- March 28th, 2013 –
Detroit Thrashers BATTLECROSS announces Kevin Talley will be stepping in to play drums for the band on their 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.
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!”
March 19, 2013
Detroit, Michigan’s BATTLECROSS will be spending their summer in the most metal of ways: performing on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2013. They will be performing on the Jagermeister Stage with Machine Head, Job for a Cowboy, Butcher Babies, and Huntress. BATTLECROSS are currently at Audiohammer Studios with producer Mark Lewis to record their sophomore album. New music, art and other new album info will be unveiled over the next few months, leading up to the festival.
In addition to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest, BATTLECROSS had previously confirmed their appearance at this year’s Orion Music & More Festival in their hometown of Detroit, MI. The lineup, of course, features festival founders Metallica along with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Rise Against, and many more.
Pursuit of Honor‘s three singles ‘Push Pull Destroy,’ ‘Man of Stone’ and ‘Breaking You,’ spent more than 50 combined weeks on Sirius XM Liquid Metal ‘Devil’s Dozen’ list of most requested songs, with ‘Push Pull Destroy’ at the top spot for five weeks last spring. The accompanying video has racked up more than 1.7 million views on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miZLob1Hi4I and was the break-out track for these high-energy thrashers.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FEST 2013
06/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
06/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/02 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
07/03 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
07/05 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
07/06 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
07/07 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Ampitheatre
07/10 Toronto, ON CA Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
07/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
07/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
07/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
07/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
07/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
07/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
07/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/30 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
07/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre
08/02 Austin, TX TBA
08/03 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/04 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
March 15, 2013
- February 25th, 2013 –
It’s official! Orion is back and in 2013 they’re bringing the weekend-long Metallica music + more experience to Detroit, Michigan on June 8-9, 2013. Joining the Orion Music & More festival is Detroit’s very own BATTLRCROSS who will be playing with the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Deftones, the Dropkick Murphys, Tomahawk, Death, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and of course, the mighty Metallica.
“Truly literally a dream come true. All of our lives we have been inspired by Metallica and nothing will ever top this. We are so thankful to all of the people who have gotten us to this point and we are even more honored that this year’s Orion Music & More will be played this year in our hometown of Detroit. Thank you to everyone who has supported us. Detroit is going to rage this soon and we can’t wait to see everyone come and see what Detroit is all about.” comments guitarist Tony Asta.
Check out the full lineup HERE and stay tuned to Orion’s official website or sign up for the newsletter for ticket on-sale date and more! Orion Music & More will also include a custom car & motorcycle show, Hit the Lights films, Kirk’s Crypt, Vans half pipe, and a Metallica Museum.
And in case you missed it, check out the video announcing the lineup HERE.
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January 17, 2013
BATTLECROSS is proud to announce we are playing the 15th Anniversary New England Metal Fest with Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicidal Tendancies, Opeth, Municipal Waste, and more! April 19th at @The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts!
December 11, 2012
Detroit, MI’s BATTLECROSS, one of 2012?s break-out metal acts, will continue their live campaign in support of their debut full-length, Pursuit of Honor, in 2013. The first leg of the tour, which also includes support from Demon Hunter, and All Shall Perish, will begin on February 2nd in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and runs through February 16th. The second leg of the tour will be announced shortly. Confirmed shows can be seen below, along with BATTLECROSS’s December headlining tour with Metal Blade Records label mates, Abiotic.
BATTLECROSS guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala comments on the tour: “Wow! So stoked to hit the road with all these great bands – In Flames, Demon Hunter and All Shall Perish. Last year was good to us and looks like next year is even better for Battlecross. This will be a nice break from working on new material and we can’t wait to see some new and old faces! Once again very humbled and honored to be a part of a great tour! See you all soon!” Vocalist Kyle “Gumby” Gunther adds: “We hope that fans will come party with us on the Growing Pains tour with Abiotic that starts next week so they can prepare for the heavy metal onslaught that will come their way in February!”
BATTLECROSS recently celebrated 52 straight weeks with the debut of ‘Man of Stone’ at #5 on the SiriusXM Liquid Metal Charts, following ‘Breaking You,’ and their first single ‘Push Pull Destroy’, which spent five weeks at #1. The channel also premiered the band’s studio version of Pantera’s Hostile that thrashed audiences on this summer’s Trespass America Festival. The single for ‘Hostile’ is now available on iTunes and the track can be preview and purchased HERE. The band’s debut album, Pursuit of Honor, is available now. Listen and order at www.metalblade.com/battlecross.
“face-meltingly awesome” Decibel Magazine
“[Breaking You] is one of the fastest, leanest, thrashiest cuts of meat this album has to offer and represents BATTLECROSS at their heaviest and most unique” MetalSucks.net
“Ugly, intense, and dated in that perfect way, the riffs are ferocious and widdly, and the singing is growly. Brings to mind old Exodus and death metal bands like Morbid Angel. Magnificent.” Detroit’s Metro Times
Another Year Another Tour
w/ In Flames, Demon Hunter, All Shall Perish
02/02 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
02/04 Georgia Theater Athens, GA
02/05 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
02/07 The Madison Theater Covington, KY
02/08 Mojoes Joliet, IL
02/09 Bourbon Theater Lincoln, NE
02/10 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
02/12 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ
02/13 House of Blues San Diego, CA
02/14 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
02/15 Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
02/16 Knitting Factory Reno, NV
*Dates added below *UPDATE*
02/17 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
02/20 Union Hall Edmonton, AB
02/21 MacEwan Hall Ballroom Calgary, AB
02/22 Odeon Events Centre Saskatoon, SK
02/23 The Garrick Centre Winnipeg, MB
02/24 The Venue Fargo, ND
02/26 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
02/27 Guelph Concert Theater Guelph, ON
02/28 Theatre Imperial Quebec City, QC
03/01 Casino NB Moncton, NB
03/02 Cunard Centre Halifax, NS
03/04 Toad’s Place New Haven, CT
03/05 Upstate Concert Hall Clifton Park, NY
03/06 Crocodile Rock Allentown, PA
03/07 The NorVa Norfolk, VA
The Growing Pains Tour
12/08 Toledo, OH Frankie’s
12/09 Plainfield, IL Live 59
12/11 Peoria, IL The Brass Rail
12/12 St Paul, MN Station 4
12/13 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
12/14 St Louis, MO Fubar
12/15 Little Rock, AR Downtown Music Hall
12/16 Memphis, TN Newby’s
12/17 Richmond, VA Kingdom
12/18 Springfield, VA Empire
12/19 Pittsburgh, PA Smiling Moose
12/21 Westland, MI Token Lounge
12/29 Cleveland, OH House of Blues w/ Chimaria, Affiance, Diamond Plate
November 3, 2012
|BATTLECROSS announce “The Growing Pains” tour with ABIOTIC!
“Hostile” Pantera cover song available now on iTunesDetroit, MI’s BATTLECROSS have announced that they 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 21th 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.
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!”
BATTLECROSS recently celebrated 52 straight weeks with the debut of ‘Man of Stone’ at #5 on the SiriusXM Liquid Metal Charts, following ‘Breaking You,’ and their first single ‘Push Pull Destroy’, which spent five weeks at #1. The channel also debuted the band’s studio version of Pantera’s Hostile that thrashed audiences on this summer’s Trespass America Festival. The single for ‘Hostile’ is now available on iTunes and the track can be preview and purchased HERE. The band’s debut album, Pursuit of Honor, is available now. Listen and order at www.metalblade.com/battlecross.
South Florida’s five-piece death metal outfit ABIOTIC will provide support for the tour and have recently released their debut full-length, Symbiosis, on October 22nd. Listen to “To Burgeon And Languish”, watch the video for “Vermosapien”, as well as a video bass less over at www.metalblade.com/abiotic.
BATTLECROSS and ABIOTIC
BATTLECROSS appearing with CANNIBAL CORPSE
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October 26, 2012
METAL BLADE RECORDS Teams Up with Metal Wreckage To Celebrate the Label’s 30 Anniversary & Release of AS I LAY DYING’s New Album “AWAKENED”
Private free show announced for 9/25 in New York City at Santos’s Party House featuring performances by As I Lay Dying & Battlecross!Comedians and hosts of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” Don Jamieson & Jim Florentine and Jose Mangin from SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal confirmed to emcee the release showMetal Blade Records is pleased to announce another event has been set up in celebration of the record label’s 30 Anniversary, which included a packed showcase at this year’s SXSW in Austin, TX, the Metal Blade Scion A/V Club showcase in Pomona, CA on 9/15, and the recently announced Los Angeles Armored Saint show at the House of Blues on 11/30. For this next event Metal Blade has teamed up with Metal Wreckage and is moving things to the east coast. Taking place Tuesday Sept. 25 at Santo’s Party House in New York City, this event is offering fans the chance to attend a private CD Release show for AS I LAY DYING, whose new album AWAKENED drops the same day and marks the band’s first show since their run on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Supporting the San Diego, CA metal heavyweights is Detroit, MI’s very own blue-collar thrash metallers, BATTLECROSS, who recently wrapped up a very successful run on this summer’s Trespass America tour featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, and more.Starting September 14, fans can pre-order AWAKENEDat three New York-area independent record stores and receive a FREE laminate that gives you access into the private NYC release show! Stores participating includes: Looney Tunes (West Babylon, NY), Vintage Vinyl (Fords, NJ), and J&R (NYC).Emceeing the event will be label-mates, comedians, and hosts of VH1 Classics “That Metal Show” Don Jamieson & Jim Florentine and Jose Mangin from SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal. The release show will be streamed live worldwide so fans outside of the NYC area can see both bands perform a few songs as well as check out interviews! The stream will begin at 8pm EST and can be accessed at the following location: www.livestream.com/metalblade
September 5, 2012
BATTLECROSS: Sirius XM Liquid Metal to Premiere New Studio Cover of “Hostile”
*NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES! CLICK HERE!*
Scheduled to Perform at the Metal Blade Records 30th Anniversary Label Showcase in Pomona, CA on September 15, 2012
Yesterday, Detroit, MI’s BATTLECROSS finished their run with the TRESPASS AMERICA festival, also featuring Five Finger Death Punch with support from Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Emmure, Pop Evil, and God Forbid. Helping to cap such a defining summer in the band’s already accelerating career, Sirius XM Liquid Metal will premiere the band’s studio cover of the track “Hostile” (originally performed by Pantera) on Friday, August 31st. Afterward, the track will be available for purchase on iTunes. The band performed “Hostile” live at several stops on the TRESPASS AMERICA festival (last night’s performance of the song included a guest appearance by Five Finger Death Punch‘s Chris Kael).
“TRESPASS AMERICA has been a blast. We can’t believe it’s all over. It’s been a wake up call, a learning experience, and a privilege to be part of this kick ass festival,” states guitarist Tony Asta. “We’ve made so many new friends along the way and it’s very humbling to see so much support from all our fans. Thank you all for making this dream a reality.”
Tony continues, “We are very excited to release our cover of “Hostile” on Sirius XM with Pantera being heavily influential to the band. Rest in peace, Dime. Now crank it to eleven!”
The band will be taking part in the Metal Blade Records 30th Anniversary Label Showcase, sponsored by Scion A/V Club! The showcase takes place on Saturday, September 15th at The Glasshouse in Pomona, CA. The show is free with RSVP (strictly required) and space is limited. Also performing at the show are Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Gypsyhawk, and Pilgrim.
June 12, 2012