Monday, June 18th 2012
From Ford and Chevy to Repulsion and The Black Dahlia Murder, Michigan has no shortage of massive metal machinery. The latest export from the 26th state to enter the union is the five piece known as Battlecross.
Hailing from Detroit, the band was put together by dueling axemen and long time friends Tony Asta and Hiran Deraniyagala. While they struggled for years to find the right mix of musicians who were capable of performing a unique blend of death metal inspired technically proficient thrash metal. First came machine-like drummer Mike Kreger who answered Asta and Deraniyagala’s want ad. From there the group added the highly skilled bassist Don Slater. However it was the final addition that put the band over the top. Known for mixing agonizing deep growls and glass shattering high pitched screams, popular local metal vocalist Kyle “Gumby” Gunther is the perfect front man for this hard working band.
The group has dubbed this cross pollination of sounds Blue Collar Thrash Metal in honor of the hard working never give up attitude of those who hail from the Motor City. Since the release of their first full length record Pursuit of Honor last summer, the group has won over crowds across the world sharing the stage with the likes of Orgin, Cattle Decapitation and Dying Fetus. The hard work has paid off as the band had the most requested track on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal channel for five straight weeks.
Look for the band to steal the show this summer as they head out on the Trespass America Festival Tour with the likes of Trivium, Killswitch Engage and headliners Five Finger Death Punch. Don’t hold that last bit against them.