Many bands that go big forget to create a strong and everlasting fanbase in their hometown; if you cannot make your hometown stick to you, how long can you expect others to do so. It took 7 years for Battlecross to lay a foundation stone in Michigan and then strengthen it before they took any huge step, their fanbase had a major increment in 2010 with debut album ‘Push Pull Destroy’ that got them under the eye of Metal Blade Records. But due to some unfortunate turn of events Marshal Wood (vocalist) was replaced by Kyle ‘Gumby’ Gunther. With a label in hand, ‘Push Pull Destroy’ was re-worked, re-recorded and re-released (as ‘Pursuit Of Honor’) with Kyle and their debut single “Push Pull Destroy” made a strong fanbase outside Michigan.
These Michigan based stalwart thrash metallers are a long way from home and have longer to go. With power-packed albums already in their sack, ‘Rise To Power’ is a long wait for any thrash metal fan. It doesn’t matter if you label it as their third studio album or fourth, but one thing is for sure, they have outmatched themselves by far in the album.
‘Rise To Power’ takes a little different approach than what Battlecross is known for. Being a pure thrash metal band with melo-death influences, the band’s melo-death influences increased this time along with lot of guitar solos that (Battlecross) fans are not accustomed to. With their elegant vehemence, the music they created is hard to describe in words, let alone pick up tracks one by one to elaborate what’s missing what is not.
Guitar solos aren’t the only special thing about the album; lot of other melodic influences can be heard throughout in tracks like “Blood And Lies” and “The Path” which simply mesmerizes you. With changes in production team, ‘Rise To Power’ is more dependent on bass comparable to previous albums and Don Slater gets his share of spotlight, and that, is the major factor why this album will be loved immensely. With continuous changes in drum duties since the release of ‘War Of Will’, Alex Bent finally took charge and plays with so much control ardency on the album.
If you’re not a fan of thrash metal, then this album is probably not for you. But if you want to try, then you must listen to it. ‘Rise To Power’ is an album where every member played their best and shone like diamond in the rough, and this diamond will only be more and more polished day by day. Battlecross is working meticulously on them each day and I am so curious to see where they will be in next 10 years.
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