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War of Will

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2013
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841522129
  • Catalog Number: 152212
  • Sales rank: 27,801

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Force Fed Lies (3:20)
  2. 2 Flesh & Bone (3:29)
  3. 3 Never Coming Back (2:24)
  4. 4 My Vaccine (4:20)
  5. 5 Get Over It (4:59)
  6. 6 Ghost Alive (3:19)
  7. 7 Wage a War (3:25)
  8. 8 The Will to Overcome (3:48)
  9. 9 Beast (3:56)
  10. 10 Never-Ending Night (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Battlecross Primary Artist
Shannon Lucas Drums, Guest Appearance
Tony Asta Guitar, Group Member
Don Slater Bass, Group Member
Kyle Gunther Vocals, Group Member
Hiran Deraniyagala Guitar, Group Member
Jason Suecoff Vocals, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Joey Vera Mastering
Eyal Levi Producer
Shannon Lucas Composer
Ronn Miller Videography
Mark Lewis Producer
Stan-W Decker Cover Art, Layout
Battlecross Composer
Jason Suecoff Vocal Producer
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