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Battlecross Announce New Album + Join Crowbar on The Summer of Doom Tour Across North America



Band Also Names Permanent Drummer 


Motor City thrashers Battlecross have just returned home from a successful trip to Bogota, CO, and have wasted no time in releasing a brand new song from their forthcoming album, Rise to Power. The new track, “Not Your Slave,” is streaming here, where pre-order bundles are also available. Rise to Power will be unleashed on the world by Metal Blade Records on August 21st, 2015. The record was produced by Jason Suecof and mixed/mastered by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios. Cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Peter Sallai (Sabaton, Sacred Steel).


Guitarist Tony Asta offers the following comment on the new single: “We’re really happy with the crushing feel of this song. Somehow through the writing process, maybe even on accident, a more groovy feel was created. We won’t write the same record twice and I think this is our strongest and more dynamic album yet.”




As we’ve already announced, Battlecross will join Crowbar and Lord Dying on The Summer of Doom Tour; the devastation began May 28th and ends July 3rd in Crowbar’s home state of Louisiana. On tour, fans can pre-order Rise to Power at the Battlecross merch booth ~ and only at the merch booth ~ in the form of a limited edition tour laminate. Each laminate will include a code, redeemable online, for a copy of the album.


“I am beyond excited to tour with one of my favorite bands, Crowbar. Ever since I heard Odd Fellows Rest, I’ve been a fan. Kirk Windstein is such a monster guitar player. His riffs are inspiring. It’s an honor to be able to hit the road with these guys and I’m thankful and excited for the opportunity. We’re excited to get back out there, especially Western Canada (it’s been too long!) See you all soon!” says Hiran Deraniyagala, Battlecross guitarist.  


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The Summer of Doom is the first tour for Battlecross since finishing the production of their third Metal Blade release, produced by Mark Lewis and engineered by Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios. The tour also puts an end to the band’s search for a permanent drummer; they’ve just announced that the Bay Area’s Alex Bent will sit behind the kit. After performing with the band on two 2014 headliners and in South America, Alex joined the band in the studio for the next album. Watch him here performing “Ghost Alive” last winter on the Winter Warriors Tour. 

Battlecross will also appear at Heavy Montreal (one of our favorite festivals) on August 8th. Summer of Doom Tickets are on sale now.

Rise to Power Track Listing:

1. Scars
2. Not Your Slave
3. Absence
4. Spoiled
5. The Climb
6. Blood & Lies
7. Bound by Fear
8. Despised
9. Shackles
10. The Path






Summer of Doom Tour w/ Crowbar, Lord Dying


06/04 San Diego, CA Til-Two Club
06/05 Long Beach, CA DiPiazza’s
06/06 Hollywood, CA Whisky A Go Go
06/07 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro Operahouse
06/08 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
06/09 Seattle, WA El Corazon
06/10 Vancouver, BC The Rickshaw Theater
06/12 Calgary, AB Republik
06/13 Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop Live
06/14 Saskatoon, SK O’Brian’s Event Centre
06/16 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo Cabaret
06/17 St. Paul, MN Amsterdam Bar & Hall
06/18 Cudahy, WI The Metal Grill
06/19 Detroit, MI Shelter
06/20 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Room
06/21 Columbus, OH Alrosa Villa
06/22 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
06/23 Toronto, ON MOD Club
06/24 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
06/25 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa
06/26 Worcester, MA The Palladium
06/27 Clifton Park, NY Trick Shot Billiards
06/28 Philadelphia, PA Voltage Lounge
06/29 Brooklyn, NY St. Vitus Bar
06/30 Frederick, MD Cafe 611
07/01 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
07/02 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
07/03 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre

End Tour

08/08 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal 

On Tour w/ GWAR and Butcher Babies



Butcher Babies

Butcher Babies

08/25 Millvale, PA                   Mr. Smalls Theatre

08/27 Des Moines, IA             Wooly’s

08/28 Lincoln, NE                   Bourbon Theatre

08/30 Lawrence, KS                Granada

08/31 Tulsa, OK                      Cain’s Ballroom

09/01 San Antonio, TX            Alamo City Music Hall

09/02 Baton Rouge, LA           Varsity Theatre

09/03 Mobile, AL                    Soul Kitchen

09/04 Birmingham, AL            Iron City

09/06 Winston-Salem, NC       Ziggys

09/08 Wilmington, NC             Ziggys By The Sea

09/09 Jacksonville, FL             Freebird Live

09/10 Chattanooga, TN            Track 29

09/11 Sauget, IL                        Pop’s

09/14 Poughkeepsie, NY          The Chance

09/15 So. Burlington, VT         Higher Ground

09/16 Reading, PA                    Reverb

09/17 Huntington, NY              The Paramount

09/18 Rochester, NY                 Water Street Music Hall


Battlecross albumBattlecross‘ most recent album, War of Will, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release in July of 2013. This was the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut! War of Will also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release. Watch the music video for “Never Coming Back” here


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