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Motor City thrashers BATTLECROSS will release their long awaited third album “Rise To Power” in just under two weeks on August 21st via Metal Blade Records. Today the first official video from the album for the song “Absence” is available for viewing. The video was directed by David Brodsky of My Good Eye (Whitechapel, Revocation, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR). Watch the video HERE.
“The music video for “Absence” delivers an in-your-face onslaught full of hair, sweat, and aggression. The video captures our live show like never before, Dave Brodsky combines the on stage rage with some off stage antics raising the bar to a whole new level. Warning: watching this video may cause excessive headbanging,” says guitarist Tony Asta.
During the recording of the album the band shot a series of “Minisodes” documenting the recording process. Every Tuesday and Friday through the album’s release on August 21st a new “Minisode” from the series will be posted until all eight “Minisodes” have been released. Check out the latest one HERE.
Check out a stream of the scorching track “Spoiled” from “Rise To Power” HERE.
The first song from “Rise to Power”, “Not Your Slave“, is streaming at metalblade.com/battlecross. The record was produced by Jason Suecof, and mixed/mastered by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios. The cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai (Sabaton, Sacred Steel).
From August 21st through August 24th, BATTLECROSS will play a handful of CD release shows, before they join up with GWAR and Butcher Babies for a North American tour kicking off August 25th in Millvale, PA and wraps up September 18th in Rochester, NY. Fans can expect to hear BATTLECROSS classics and the blistering new tracks from “Rise to Power”. A complete list of dates can be found below.
A note to fans that purchased the special “Rise to Power” laminate on the band’s last tour. Make sure to redeem your code by today August 13th in order to receive your copy by next week’s release date.
“Rise to Power” Track Listing:
CD Release Shows
08/21 Westland, MI Token Lounge
08/22 Chicago, IL Reggies
08/23 Kokomo, IN Center Stage
08/24 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Tour w/ GWAR, Butcher Babies
08/25 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
08/27 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
08/28 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
08/29 Wichita, KS Lizards Lounge*
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
09/05 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero*
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
09/13 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz*
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
*Off Date – BATTLECROSS Headline Show*
BATTLECROSS‘ previous 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” now at metalblade.com/battlecross.