Michigan thrashers BATTLECROSS will release their new album, "Rise To Power", on August 21 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was produced by Jason Suecof and mixed/mastered by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios. Cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai (SABATON, SACRED STEEL).
A brand new BATTLECROSS song, "Spoiled", can be streamed below. Guitarist Tony Asta states: "'Spoiled' kicks in with a heavy rockin old-school vibe and progresses into a brutal more technical feel. It's also a really fun song to jam."
He continues: "The subject matter and lyrics of 'Spoiled' were inspired by the dependency on modern technology, more specifically the cyber world. An entire generation thrives from its use but does not know what it was like before the internet existed. It IS a great tool, although the magnitude of its impact on our everyday lives sometimes gives me the chills.
"This is the only song I had a hand in writing lyrics for and you can thank the 'phone-gazing zombies' for it."
BATTLECROSS has joined CROWBAR and LORD DYING on "The Summer Of Doom" tour, with the devastation set to end on July 3 in CROWBAR's home state of Louisiana. On tour, fans can pre-order "Rise To Power" at the BATTLECROSS merch booth in the form of a limited-edition tour laminate. Each laminate includes a code, redeemable online, for a copy of the album.
"The Summer Of Doom" is the first tour for BATTLECROSS since completing work on "Rise To Power". The trek also puts an end to the band's search for a permanent drummer, with Bay Area's Alex Bent now firmly in place behind the kit. After performing with the band on two headlining tours in 2014 and a trip to South America, Alex officially joined and tracked drums for the new album.
"Rise to Power" track listing:
02. Not Your Slave
05. The Climb
06. Blood & Lies
07. Bound by Fear
10. The Path