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Album Review

Nostalgia has a way of making the past seem bigger, better, and altogether shinier than it actually was, a feeling that a lot of revivalist metal bands have been mining as they dredge up the sounds of the past for inspiration. Battlecross, however, do something different. While their sound definitely has surging old-school thrash at its core, it doesn't sound like old-school metal. Rather, it sounds the way we like to remember thrash: ridiculously fast, aggressive, and technical. This is the feeling the Michigan band captures on its second album for Metal Blade, War of Will, which plays out more like the way someone would describe the glory days of American thrash or Swedish death metal, with a relentless parade of rapid-fire guitar heroics, tireless drumming, and intensely screamed vocals. With song after song blasting its way out of the album, War of Will feels as though it's trying to make good on its title by creating a kind of heavy metal endurance test for listeners to challenge themselves with. And while the album can be a gloriously exhausting experience, Battlecross keep things short enough to never feel as though they've overstayed their welcome, preferring to deliver their songs (for the most part) in sub-four-minute bursts. All told, 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.

Customer Reviews

No Woosies Allowed!!!

These guys fn nailed it on this release(as I knew they would). If you don't enjoy having your earholes assaulted or the exquisite pain of whiplash from a hearty session of headbanging then stay away. These guys are hardcore thrashers! They are tight, precise, and extremely talented with their respective instruments. I'd also like to make special mention of their vocalist. If you like extreme vocals then you'll love this guy. His vocal range is insane. From a sceeching banshee to a 20ft growling demon he can do it all. I you already have POH then this will not dissapoint.

Killer Track

Great new Battlecross song. Some killer guitar riffs throughout and an overall punishing song. Can't wait until this Michigan band unleash War of Will because if the other songs are anything like Force Fed Lies then this album gonna melt some faces.


Freaking awesome song. I love this band so much! This new album is going to be amazing!!!!


Formed: 2003 in Canton, MI

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2003, Battlecross are a thrash/melodic death metal band hailing from Canton, Michigan, with a sound that recalls the feeling of old-school American thrash and classic Gothenburg death metal, bringing plenty of driving riffs, crazy solos, and relentlessness while upping the intensity to a new level. Battlecross refer to their sound as "blue collar thrash." The band was initially formed by guitarists Tony Asta and Hiran Deraniyagala, who recruited drummer Mike Kreger, singer Kyle "Gumby"...
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