"Rise To Power"
Reviewed by : Sean "The Asian Invasion" Harris
Back in 2013, I had the distinct honor of reviewing "War of Will". That was the Battlecross album that really made me open my eyes and realize that they are a force to be reckoned with in thrash metal.
Two years later, here we are again and I just stared down the barrel of yet another superb Battlecross release. This time "Rise To Power" is basically everything you would expect from these Detroit dudes, plus more. I had a chance to sit down with Kyle "Gumby" Gunther, lead vocalist, a while back and he told me what I already knew.
"It's the same fun loving Battlecross, but we like to make songs that don't sound the same. Each track is it's own being; you know we just didn't loop the same drum track all album long."
Right you are Kyle. Each track, albeit rather short in length, has it's own feel and intensity to it. These guys have thrash dialed in right where they like it and it shows. They throw in those beautiful touches of melodeath and it's a nice and tight package. It seems every song on the recording is a live thrash classic just waiting to happen. They all have the fist raising, head banging, soloing and astute riffing you need to tear down every house they visit.
'Not Your Slave' and 'Absence' are particular high points for me as the riffing, speed and overall feel is downright chaotic. Hiran Deraniyagala, Don Slater and Tony Asta play off each other very well in the strings department. It's always chugging along, making you wanna bang your head against the stage at every turn. The solos are righteous as always and it's just pure savagery throughout.
Alex Bent does a very nice job drumming wise as he never lets up. Battlecross have definitely found their man behind the kit and his skills don't go unnoticed. He's a true up and coming killer.
The aforementioned Gunther is ridiculously powerful on every song. He hits certain ranges that many metal vocalists have trouble with. His lyrics are fun and make sense. Before you know it, he'll be a name that's mentioned with the absolute best in metal vocals. It's only a matter of time. Growling, screaming and that yelling register he has is scary good. Major props to my boy Gumby.
If you're planning on buying this record (and you should) there's many different options to go with. You can just buy the album, or be cool and get Battlecross sunglasses, water bottles, beach towels and a whole host of other toys they're releasing.
A super solid 4.5 / 5 from me. Buy it when it drops August 21!
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