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BATTLECROSS: Full album stream premieres on Revolver Magazine's site
Music video for Push, Pull, Destroy to debut on Metal Injection
Today, Revolver Magazine hosts a worldwide premiere of BATTLECROSS's upcoming full-length debut Pursuit of Honor, scheduled to hit North American record shelves on August 2nd. Pursuit of Honor contains 11 tracks (10 songs plus intro) that Metal Assault says are "bristling with fist-pumping, face-melting heavy metal at its finest." While Metal Sucks notes "Guitarists Tony Asta and Hiran Deraniyagala of Detroit's BATTLECROSS are childhood friends just like Axl and Vince — ain't that cute? But for realz, there's a certain kind of chemistry that comes with knowing someone for so long, and in the case of BATTLECROSS you can hear it in the tightness, conciseness and stellar riffery of their MB debut Pursuit of Honor."
"Our mindset was to deliver a no bulls***, straight to the point, bang your head, relentless punishment kind of record. I want this album to give people chills. Like driving 90 in a 40 mph speed zone and not even realizing it. We want people to feel like they can take on the world after listening to this record" comments the band of the record.
To check out Pursuit of Honor in its entirety, point your browser HERE. The stream will run from July 25 to August 1, the day before the record hits streets.
"Blurring the lines of old-school thrash and new-school melodic deathcore, these 10 songs plus intro have that knack of producing instantaneous aural excitement… With Pursuit of Honor, they prove Americans can balance thrash, death and a touch of the modern screams without pandering to the lowest common denominator." 8.5/10 Blistering.com
"Overall I would go as far as saying that this is one of the most 'complete' heavy metal albums I have heard in recent times. Not only does it have elements that fans of a variety of sub-genres can relate to, but it combines them excellently well to result in a very cohesive, well-rounded album. Whether you're a fan of traditional metal stalwarts like Iron Maiden, groove metal heavyweights like Pantera and Lamb of God, Megadeth-esque technical thrash metal, death metal, or even power metal, you will most definitely enjoy this album." 9 ½ / 10 MetalAssault.com
In other news; BATTLECROSS's first music video for the track Push, Pull, Destroy is set to premiere with MetalInjection.net on release date, August 2. Make sure to head over to the site to check it out, leave a comment and spread the word.
Push, Pull, Destroy was shot by Roy Warner Creative & Videography on location at the Yankee Air Museum, located on the grounds of the historic Willow Run Airport. It was at Willow Run where Henry Ford mobilized his manufacturing base to contribute to the war efforts by mass producing the B-24 Liberators that provided American Air Power to win WWII for the Allies.
MetalInjection.net will also premiere a time-lapsed video showing the creation of the album artwork to Pursuit of Honor. Stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for launch date details.
BATTLECROSS is: Kyle 'Gumby' Gunther-Vocals Tony Asta-Guitar Hiran Deraniyagala-Guitar Mike Kreger-Drums Don Slater-Bassist
Keep up-to-date with BATTLECROSS at the following locations: www.metalblade.com/battlecross www.battlecrossmetal.com www.reverbnation.com/battlecross www.facebook.com/battlecrossmetal www.twitter.com/battlecross www.youtube.com/battlecrossmi www.myspace.com/battlecross
Please visit this link to pre-order "BATTLECROSS - Pursuit of Honor"!! T-shirt/cd package available!
Debut full-length set for release this summer!
Agoura Hills, CA – April 25th, 2011 – Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the latest addition to its roster; Detroit Michigan’s very own BATTLECROSS. Incorporating many elements of extreme thrash, death and tech metal, creating a precise blend of fist pumping brutality, intensity, and drive, BATTLECROSS satisfies both the technical metal snob and the knuckle-dragging metal jock alike.
“We are extremely honored to join such a respected label and humbled by their belief in our music. We’re stoked to be part of a label that has a great roster of bands we all admire and respect!” says guitarist Tony Asta. Hiran Deraniyagala (guitarist) adds, “We understand the hard work and pavement pounding that is required of a Metal Blade band and we are going to work our asses’ off to show the world what we’re about.”
“We have been keeping our eyes on BATTLECROSS for some time now and watching the band grow into quite a beast. We feel confident that metalheads across the world will enjoy the ferocity and dedication that BATTLECROSS will be bringing forth on their debut album as well as the stage,” comments Kelli Malella of Metal Blade Records.
The band’s Metal Blade debut is expected this summer followed by a grueling tour schedule that will bring a face melting thrash metal assault. Hide your pizza - hide your beer, because BATTLECROSS wants it all!
Check out the following video of BATTLECROSS to get a taste of what’s to come.
More information on album title, release date, and shows will be coming soon.
Kyle ‘Gumby’ Gunther-Vocals
Keep up-to-date with BATTLECROSS at the following locations:
The band’s Metal Blade debut was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Random Awesome Recording Studio in Bay City, MI and produced by Battlecross and Josh Schroeder.
Its has truly been awesome people. We've been having a blast at all the shows, thanks to all of you! You guys make everything worth while... :)
You know we'll never stop, so lets keep it going, see you in the pit!
BATTLECROSS ANNOUNCES VOCALIST Popular Thrash Metal Band Names Kyle ‘Gumby’ Gunther as New Front Man
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(July 26, 2010- Detroit, MI)-Up-and-coming Detroit-area thrash metallers BATTLECROSS have officially announced Kyle ‘Gumby’ Gunther as their new lead singer, replacing Marshall Woods who left the band earlier this year.
The announcement couldn’t come at a better time for BATTLECROSS, who are preparing to release their full-length CD ‘Push Pull Destroy’ on August 17th to an eager fan base and interested record labels who have been monitoring and advising the band’s search for a new vocalist.
Gunther comes to BATTLECROSS from Clio, MI-based band and former management rostermates I Decay, who have shared the stage with BATTLECROSS at numerous live shows and music festivals over the last two years such as Dirt Fest, Indianapolis Metal Fest, the Summer Slaughter Tour and more.
After performing of successful trial shows in the Detroit-area, the response to Gunther’s performances were overwhelming. "What started out as a ‘fill-in’ position was just too good not to continue” guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala said in a statement on the band's website, "Gumby brings to the table a tremendous vocal ability, creativity, charisma and a die hard work ethic.”
Further excitement was generated when BATTLECROSS responded to a nationally known record label’s request for the band’s music with Gunther‘s vocals, leading Josh Schroeder of Random Awesome Studios and Gunther to quickly produced three BATTLECROSS tracks. The result exceeded expectations, and making Gunther as lead singer became a priority and crucial to the future of the band.
“Gumby’s distinct death metal-style guttural vocals and screams will take us toward a more aggressive and extreme style that is better suited to lead our technical musical style of thrash metal that we’re known for” said Guitarist Tony Asta, who cites the enigmatic Gunther as a "natural choice" for BATTLECROSS.
Meanwhile, Gunther is clearly enthusiastic about becoming the vocalist for the band, stating, “I’m stoked to be singing for the Cross,” adding, “for the last two years, I have been wanting the chance to put my vocals to their music so I can brutalize their fans even more!”
‘Gumby’ will lead the band for their coming dates, including a performance with DevilDriver at Harpo’s in Detroit in August and sharing the stage with former singer Marshall Wood at the BATTLECROSS CD Release show on August 20th at the Token Lounge in Westland, MI. Gumby will also be ready to jump on the marketing blitz planned in support of the release and working on a new BATTLECROSS record featuring him on vocals.