Battlecross Cover Slayer’s “War Ensemble”


Detroit, Michigan’s Battlecross are streaming their new cover of Slayer’s “War Ensemble.” It premiered on SiriusXM Liquid Metal over the weekend. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments.

Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says, “Slayer is obviously one of our biggest influences. Slayer taught me personally to not give a fuck and throw in attitude in your riffs. ‘War Ensemble’ is one of my favorite Slayer songs because it embodies the aggression and attitude of Slayer but also is more dynamic than a traditional Slayer song that is all speed. Jeff Hanneman was an underrated player and it’s shame his greatness was only recognized after he passed. In honor of Jeff we wanted to cover ‘War Ensemble’ and throw in a bit of our own twist and speed to the song. Slayer!!!

The track is currently available via iTunes.


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  • ace hole

    Sounded good till he started singing. Bring on the ukulele guy! or better yet get a deeper voice

  • kxrt k

    it is a good perfomnace in general,but sounds very plastic (especially the voices)

  • Dana Forrester

    Detroit METAL = HELL YEAHH!

  • mitch

    quiet and listen again because its perfect. long live jeff