Exclusive Premiere: Battlecross Debut Their Album “Pursuit of Honor”

Thrash-metal crew Battlecross are releasing their debut album, Pursuit of Honor (Metal Blade), on August 2. But here is your chance to hear the entire album a week before then. The group fills us in on the album (which is available for preorders on Amazon and iTunes) below, but don’t forget to tell us what you think of it in the comments.

Unfortunately, the time we had to stream the album is up. But you can still buy it at the links above!

REVOLVER This is your debut album. What are you proudest of about it?
BATTLECROSS Everything about it! Honestly, we just wrote what we felt and wanted to hear. Proud of how we worked together to make this record the best it could be. Five minds pushing and breaking the boundaries, there can be some tension, naturally. Yet there’s no mistaking the chemistry between us. We’re proud that we’ve taken this huge first step with Metal Blade, and there’s plenty more to follow!

Your vocalist, Kyle Gunther, joined your group last year. What did he contribute to the songs you already had?
Kyle was the missing link, the cherry on top, the icing on the cake. From his low growls to his dying-seagull screams, he has added and continues to add power, aggression, consistency, and confidence to what we assumed were already polished songs. Kyle pulls the crowd close with his zeal and stage presence, and we push them back with our intensity, like the ebb and flow in the Sea of Metal. The addition of Kyle to our lineup made the BX puzzle complete.

Your band uses a lot of war imagery. Have any of you ever served in the Armed Forces?
None of us have ever served in the Armed Forces, however we are proud of our troops and stand by our country. The war imagery is intertwined into the band’s image because, by coincidence, a “battle cross” is a modern version of a fallen soldier memorial. That fact mixed our message of perseverance, power, and persistence holds a lot of water when you can relate it to the armed forces. We stand by our commitment to our band, just like loyal soldiers do to their country.

Battlecross "Gumby" shirtWhat are the origins of the Gumby mascot on the shirt (pictured left, click to enlarge)?
“Gumby” is actually Kyle’s nickname. He’s tall, lanky, and quite flexible—surely, the ladies love it! In high school, the guys on the basketball team gave him the name, reminding them of “Gumby,” the Claymation character, and it has stuck ever since. Really, that’s about it.. No epic story, no tragic tale, just our singer’s nickname. Actually, the closest thing we have to a mascot would be Zombie Gumby—Kyle’s face, zombified—the face that graces the front of our best-selling shirt! We asked our Producer and Recording Engineer Josh Shroeder to sketch us up a shirt design and voila, Zombie Gumby was unborn.

 

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  • adisposablehero

    Wow nice find MB, this is pretty damn good from 1 listen through so far. Nice tone & sound. The drummer is beast. Worth listening to again for sure.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509204684 Robert Denner

      wait till you see the live show, these guys are freakin’ epic 

  • Vartanian

    Future headliners right here!

  • Vartanian

    Future headliners right here!

  • Vartanian

    Future headliners right here!

  • Vartanian

    Future headliners right here!

  • Vartanian

    Future headliners right here!

  • Vartanian

    Future headliners right here!

  • Vartanian

    Future headliners right here!

  • http://www.facebook.com/krowlee Khris Rowlee

    fuck ya get some

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Franny-Fran/100000881352480 Franny Fran

    Fucking LOVE this band this song, can’t wait for the cd, come to Pittsburgh!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Franny-Fran/100000881352480 Franny Fran

    Fucking LOVE this band this song, can’t wait for the cd, come to Pittsburgh!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Pfister/1281651493 Ian Pfister

    A near perfect album, with my only gripe being that I wished it were longer. I wanted more. Every player excels at what they do. The relentless precision drumming, the perfect amount of rolling bass lines that accompany the thick sound of the dual guitars & biting leads, all topped off by the ferocious grumbles, growls & epic screams of BX frontman Gumby. Well written songs with structures complicated enough to keep you intrigued as you wonder whats gonna come next, but not too much as to lose you in the process. I don’t have a favorite song since it changes almost every time I replay the album. Pursuit of Honor is a tremendously exhilarating debut album from the motor city’s own Battlecross. 9.5/10

  • http://www.facebook.com/Karosuwillkillyou Karosu Lopez

    This album is a waste of money, why the fuck would I buy a “remake” of their previous album ‘Push. Pull. Destroy.”?

    • Your Mom

      hey man—sorry you’re not happy about that–and you don’t have to buy it.  The old record was not an official release.- it featured their former singer and was an entirely different mix-The band has changed their line up since then and a better product was produced. This is their official debut. if you’d like, please hit up the contact on their facebook page and they’ll refund your money for the first demo or send you the new record. Let them know.  Thank you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Pfister/1281651493 Ian Pfister

      Actually Karosu, the album is much different & miles above the PPD release due to the higher sound quality from the remixing/remastering. As well as the addition of the new vocal tracks from new singer Kyle Gunther, who adds a wider range &  variety of different  vocal styles. I too have the PPD release, and PoH really is a much better album & worth the $10 or $12 for the superior version.

    • Poop

      Go back to Lambgoat, troll.

    • Poop

      Go back to Lambgoat, troll.

    • rekkoon

      I totally agree. And, what is more important, “Push. Pull. Destroy.” was, in my opinion, sounds better, more “thrash” and bright. Sound is clean, vocal is nice and I hear no difference. So – it’s step backward imho. And I’m sorry that some idiots calls you troll just because you tell your opinion.

  • Dan

    m/ HEAVY m/

  • Dennis

    Fuckin awesome!!!

  • Papa

    Track 7 is my favorite!

  • Papa

    Track 7 is my favorite!

  • Galaxypest

    Brutal, after comparing the two, First hearing PPD I thought there was some depth missing in the vocals, this is complete with Gumbys addition to the group, and the production is excellent. Well done Gents can’t wait to see ya at the shop 

  • Dan

    m/ AWESOME m/

  • Chmemakowski7

    this shit fucking rocks go donnie brasco

  • Tech 9

    This is surprisingly solid, reminds me of a less awesome Revocation 

  • Metallifeimaging

    Glad to see some seriously talent laden Detroit Metal!!  I think any one who has bought the independent release should for sure buy this Metal Blade release because first week sales could give these guys the break they deserve.

  • Papa

    Actually, I lied… I think track 9 is my new favorite…

  • misery

    this is some awesome fuckin heavy metal !!!

  • Chris

    Great songs and great dudes…Push Pull Destroy, Breaking You, and Misery are my faves

  • Florentine Pogen

    Holy shit! I feel like my ears were just raped by a mandingo. Very cool.