A sonic metal assault that leaves audiences pumped with adrenaline, Detroit’s Blue-Collar Thrashers, BATTLECROSS, have come a long way in such a short period of time and continue on with an exciting and energetic 2013 that includes a busy tour schedule, and the release of their sophomore album on Metal Blade Records. Known for their cross-over thrash/classic metal image and sound, and a relentless enthusiasm for touring, BATTLECROSS has kicked off the new year on the road with Sweden’s In Flames, Demon Hunter and All Shall Perish for the month-long North American Another Year, Another Tour through early March 2013.
The band’s 2011 Metal Blade Record debut, Pursuit of Honor, kicked off what every metal musician dreams of; comparisons to Metal’s “Big Four” and amazing album reviews from Metal’s most respected publications. Metal Assault named the record “one of the most ‘complete heavy metal albums in recent times.’ Revolver Magazine called BATTLECROSS, “a mix of Black Dahlia Murder-esque savagery and Testament-live precision” and received high praises from heavyweights Decibel, Blabbermouth and more. 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 translates into a potent and energetic force on record as well as on stage.
The growing buzz over Pursuit of Honor positioned the band for opportunities that have proven to be stepping stones for what is expected to be a long and exciting career for BATTLECROSS, starting with a spot in a 2011 CMJ Showcase with Skeletonwitch and Kvelertak and the band’s first tour ever, an Eastern U.S. Run with Rose Funeral and Diamond Plate. It was during this tour that BATTLECROSS was introduced to North America and became SiriusXM Liquid Metal mainstays with the single Push Pull Destroy, which spent over 30 weeks on ‘The Devil’s Dozen’ and reached the #1 most requested song for five weeks. Throughout 2012, satellite radio introduced singles ‘Breaking You’ and ‘Man of Stone’ with BATTLECROSS spending a total of 50 weeks on Jose Mangin’s popular Metal Countdown.
BATTLECROSS’ reputation for technical talent, humility, and high-energy live shows earned the band the opportunity to continue their climb with an appearance at 2012SXSW Metal Blade Showcase; tours with: Hate Eternal and Goatwhore (Winter 2012), Origin, Decrepit Birth, Cattle Decapitation on the Occupation Domination Tour (Spring 2012), Metal Hammer’s Trespass America Festival with Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium and Emmure (Summer 2012), a headlining stage appearance at Heavy MTL, and high profile shows celebrating Metal Blade’s 30th Anniversary with As I Lay Dying, Six Feet Under and more.
After a fist-pumping debut, impressive 2012 breakout tours, BATTLECROSS will continue their climb as one of Metal’s most exciting and energetic new bands with 2013 appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Metallica’s Orion Music +More in their hometown of Detroit, MI and the 2013 Rock Star Energy Mayhem Festival Tour. BATTLECROSS just completed recording their second album at Audio Hammer Studios and is scheduled to be released Summer 2013