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  • Blabbermouth Sept. 10, 2013
    War Of Will", the new album from Michigan's BATTLECROSS, sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 134 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. (Read More)
  • Metal Mark of Sept. 1, 2013
    The 2013 Mayhem Festival wrapped up this past weekend, and one band that truly shined throughout the tour was the mighty Battlecross! In every city they brought the “Wall Of Death” during the song “Flesh And Bone,” and we have killer footage of the insanity in cities across the nation below! (Read More)
  • Loudwire Sept. 1, 2013
    They’re both awesome, anytime we have a chance to play for people we want to be there. We love playing Saint Vitus, we played here one other time and it was amazing. We really like playing in places where you are intimate with the crowd and you’re right in people’s faces rather than have this barricade with people behind it. (Read More)
  • Metal Injection of Metal Injection Aug. 19, 2013
    Since GWARBQ was not too far from drummer Shannon Lucas (ex-Black Dahlia Murder)'s home in Richmond, VA, he joined Battlecross live for the first time to play "Flesh and Bone" at GWARBQ 2014. Shannon helped write and performed drums on the new Battlecross album, War of Will, in stores now on Metal Blade Records. (Read More)
  • Bryan Rolli of Rise Above the Anchor Aug. 11, 2013
    This self-proclaimed “Blue Collar Thrash Metal” unit is a reminder as to why metal still exists – because it’s such a blast! They definitely live up to their label as a predominantly thrash-oriented band, but with vocal and instrumental flourishes brutal enough to tread death metal territory...these dudes rock with abandon, and put on one of the most exhilarating shows of the day – and more importantly, one of the most fun. (Read More)
  • Jonathan Barkan of Aug. 4, 2013
    Nothing feels better than playing for a hometown crowd and Detroit welcomed their metal brethren Battlecross with open arms, mosh pits, and devil horns raised high up in the air! I got a chance to hang out with vocalist Gumby and chat about playing in Detroit, their new album War Of Will, and more! (Read More)
  • Real Metal Reviews July 26, 2013
    Battlecross is able to capture their electrifying live act in audio form, proving to be one of the most promising metal acts in years. “War Of Will” is clearly the group’s pinnacle thus far. No force fed lies here. (Read More)
  • Fisherkidd of July 20, 2013
    We want to be musicians for life and take our band to the touring level, and we got a small taste of what it was like to be on tour. I've always loved Battlecross and knew the guys in the band were cool, but what they did for us those two days was unbelievable. The best part was, they kept thanking us for helping them, even though they repaid us MORE than enough. Absolutely incredible down to earth dudes, I'm never going to miss an opportunity to support these guys in anyway I can. (Read More)
  • Bill Nihill of Metal Descent July 19, 2013
    Battlecross stole the show and were easily the best performance of the day. If you have never heard or seen these guys live, do yourself a favor and make sure to do both. (Read More)
  • Bravewords of Bravewords July 17, 2013
    BATTLECROSS' latest album, War Of Will, has debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the top current albums chart, #2 on the Heatseeker chart, #15 on the current hard music chart, #16 on the hard music overall chart, and #32 on the independent albums chart. (Read More)
  • Gregory Heaney of July 9, 2013
    War of Will is a compact and exhilarating experience from Battlecross, who are able to capture the feeling of old-school metal without needing to prop themselves up with nostalgia, instead allowing their love of the genre to shine through with every chugging riff, every solo, and every crazed fist pump. (Read More)
  • Jeffree Allee of Metalaholic July 9, 2013
  • Metalette of July 6, 2013
    Next was Battlecross, hailing from Detroit, Michigan. This group of dudes knew how to play some heavy metal. Vocalist Kyle “Gumby” Gunthers brought a whopping amount of energy and facial hair to the party, as well as brutal vocals. Battlecross guitarist Tony Asta turned the art of smiling into a metal activity. (Read More)
  • Andrew Bansal of Metal Assault June 30, 2013
    Battlecross on the Jagermeister stage at 2.20 was really the first band to win over a crowd that was largely unfamiliar with them. They tore it up with a fantastic performance, tight in the musicianship and high in energy. (Read More)
  • Matt Coe of Dead Rhetoric June 30, 2013
    Get ready for Battlecross to move up to headlining status by the conclusion of this album’s touring cycle. War of Will is a rallying cry for American metal, synthesizing the best of all sides of the extreme, thrash, and modern genres to champion for the genre. (Read More)
  • Greg Kennelty of Metal Injection June 28, 2013
    Everything about this song and record are so damn good. I love the thrashy vibe they give off laden with Pantera-type lyrics, yet never succumb to any of the stupid gimmicks that so many bands employ to try and sound all "hard" and "true." Battlecross do this record right. (Read More)
  • of June 17, 2013
    All roads lead to this: Michigan’s Battlecross are on a very short list of bands whose music is an amalgamation of all of metal’s most revered artists thus far in the genre’s history — the purest and most exemplary embodiment of everything that modern metal is and can be. (Read More)
  • Anne Erickson of Loudwire June 15, 2013
    Loudwire caught up with Battlecross vocalist Kyle Gunther and bass player Don Slater at Orion Music + More to chat about the band’s experience meeting Metallica and what’s on tap for them the rest of the year. (Read More)
  • Volff Monn of Louder than Hell June 13, 2013
    Before heading out on the road to play Mayhem Festival, the group will is set to return to its roots in Detroit to play with the biggest metal band in the world, Metallica, when the band plays Orion Festival (June 8th-9th, 2013). In the following exclusive interview, guitarist Tony Asta expressed his thoughts on playing such a monumental event. (Read More)
  • Steve Wiseman of CBS Radio June 10, 2013
    Battlecross performed a standout set of pure thrashing metal on Saturday. Hetfield introduced Battlecross and could be seen side stage head banging along to the music. (Read More)
  • Chris Steffen of Rolling Stone June 9, 2013
    Hetfield and Trujillo made their first appearance of the day to introduce hometown metal band Battlecross, who delivered a spot-on rendition of Slayer's** "War Ensemble" in tribute to late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. (Read More)
  • Andy Choi of WXYZ ABC Channel 7 June 8, 2013
    Among the metal bands hitting the stage for Metallica's Orion Music + More festival on Belle Isle this weekend is an act from our area. Battlecross calls Canton home. They're scheduled to play on the Frantic stage at 2:30 pm on Saturday. (Read More)
  • Frank Godla of Metal Injection June 8, 2013
    BATTLECROSS vocalist Kyle "Gumby" Gunther and guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala talk to Frank at Orion Fest about their success, their crazy summer ahead, drummer changes, advice for up and coming bands and their new album, War of Will out July 9th (Read More)
  • Adam Graham of Detroit News June 5, 2013
    Battlecross landed on the Orion bill because Metallica was looking for young bands to include in the lineup. Deraniyagala heard Metallica frontman James Hetfliend hand-picked Battlecross himself, which he calls “pretty mind blowing.” (Read More)
  • Brett Callwood of Metro Times June 5, 2013
    One of the great things that separates Battlecross from the bands mentioned above is its comfort with the traditional image of heavy metal: the eagles, swords, Vikings, power and glory. Some might see the Saxon/Manowar approach as cheesy, but what the fuck do they know. It is, quite frankly, superb. It’s machismo unleashed, loincloths and all. These guys are warriors. (Read More)
  • Axl Rosenberg of May 30, 2013
    There’s obviously no way that Battlecross could have known that Jeff Hanneman would die when they recorded their new album, War of Will. But if they had known, and had been asked to compose a riff to pay homage to Hanneman and his legacy, they could not have done much better than this. (Read More)
  • Simon Crawley of The Metal Forge Sept. 14, 2011
    There is something so nostalgic about how Battlecross stick to thrash metal roots and then, at the same time, something so refreshing about their interpretation of how metal has evolved and then how they mesh the two forces together to bring you this – The Pursuit of Honor. (Read More)
  • Scott Alisoglu of Sept. 6, 2011 (Read More)
  • Nico Davidson of Sept. 1, 2011
    “Pursuit Of Honor” is perhaps one of the best albums on the modern thrash metal scene. Battlecross could easily replace one of the top 4 of thrash metal if they keep producing albums like this one. (Read More)
  • BadWolf of No Clean Singing Aug. 2, 2011
    Heandbanging is not just mandatory—it’s compulsive. (Read More)
  • Kory Grow of Revolver Magazine July 25, 2011
    "A mix of Black Dahlia Murder-esque savagery and Testament-live precision." (Read More)
  • Metal Mark of Heavy Metal Time Machine July 21, 2011
    Thanks for putting the "metal" back in Metal Blade. (Read More)
  • Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal of July 14, 2011
    One of the most 'complete' heavy metal albums I have heard in recent times. 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. (Read More)
  • metalsucks of July 6, 2011
    There’s a certain kind of chemistry that comes with knowing someone for so long, and in the case of Battlecross, Metal Blade Records’ latest signees, you can hear it in the tightness, conciseness and stellar riffery of their MB debut Pursuit of Honor. (Read More)