American thrash metallers BATTLECROSS have confirmed summer tour dates with Canada's Wacken Battle winners Crimson Shadows and New York's IKILLYA.
Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says, "We're excited to announce our first headline run in quite a while. It's short but sweet, and this gives us time to write the new record this summer. We are stoked to have our Canadian brothers, Crimson Shadows joining us. We did a short run with those guys earlier this year and they're a great live band and have an awesome record coming out next fall."
After two busy summers on the 2012 Trespass America tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage and Trivium, the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and Metallica's Orion Festival, the band looks forward to some time off before their South American dates with Killswitch Engage. They will use the time to write the follow up to 'War of Will' on Metal Blade Records, which debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the top current albums chart, and #2 on the Heatseeker chart. It also debuted in Canada's Soundscan charts at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal!
BATTLECROSS are currently on tour with their energetic live show in Europe with a series of festival appearances including Download Festival and the Graspop Metal Meeting, plus club shows with Huntress and Lacuna Coil. BATTLECROSS will wrap up their headline tour with an appearance at Michigan's Dirt Fest, followed by additional tour dates supporting Killswitch Engage. The entire confirmed listing of dates can be seen below.
Guitarist Tony Asta says, "The past year has been very inspiring for the band and our attitude towards the writing process this time around is more confident and driven. I expect our next album to kick you in the ass harder than the last. Album #3 will be a serious contender in 2015 and a defining Battlecross record."
Tour w/ Crimson Shadows
Thu/Jul-24 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Fri/Jul-25 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
Sat/Jul-26 Elizabethton, TN @ The Bonnie Kate
Sun/Jul-27 Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
Mon/Jul-28 Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
Wed/Jul-30 Reading, PA @ Reverb
Thu/Jul-31 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Fri/Aug-01 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
Sat/Aug-02 Albany, NY @ Bogies
Sun/Aug-03 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Mon/Aug-04 Quebec City, QC @ L'Agitee
Tue/Aug-05 London, ON @ Rum Runners*
Wed/Aug-06 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
Thu/Aug-07 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Fri/Aug-08 Louisville, KY** @ Expo 5
Sat/Aug-09 Birch Run, MI @ DIRT Fest
Sun/Aug-10 Libertyville, IL** @Austin's
*co-headline w/ Macabre
** w/ Killswitch Engage
BATTLECROSS Summer 2014 European tour dates:
19/06/14 IT - Milano - Club Legend w/ Huntress
20/06/14 SI - Ljubljana - Orto Bar w/ Huntress
21/06/14 HR - Zagreb - Mochvara Club w/ Huntress
27/06/14 BE - Dessel - Graspop Festival
BATTLECROSS South American tour dates
w/ Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire
Fri/Aug-22 Curitiba, Brazil @ Music Hall
Sat/Aug-23 Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Carioca Club
Sun/Aug-24 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Circo Voador
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the addition of German thrashers CRIPPER to its roster! CRIPPER are convincing with their enthralling mix of old-school and modern thrash metal. Served with technical refinement and a lot of groove, they kick ass while being varied and distinct. Since their founding in 2005, the guys and gal from Hannover, Germany have left their marks as being a rousing live band, carrying the audience with dashing songs and sweaty shows. On tours with Overkill and Onslaught, CRIPPER have spread their virus throughout Europe. Once a big festival was infected, they would book the band again - CRIPPER played several times on festivals such as: Summer Breeze, Wacken Rocks, Metalfest, and Rockharz Open Air. But there's more - boarding the well-known 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise ship from Miami twice, playing the Brutal Assault festival in the Czech Republic, shows at the Bang Your Head, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and being invited to enter the stage of the Slovenian Metaldays five times have allowed CRIPPER to gain international recognition and a continuously growing fanbase.
So far, CRIPPER have released three studio albums and with that formed their distinctive style. The creative works of this highly motivated self made team is always showing through in three different aspects: the album artwork, merchandise, and so far four complex and artistic music video productions that the band has self-produced from start to finish. Some new song material is ready, which will form the cornerstones of the upcoming album are set. Fire at will!
CRIPPER comments on signing with Metal Blade: "Crazy shit! We are part of the Metal Blade family now! Cripper is a self-made band. Despite never being signed to a real label, we have released 3 albums, toured Europe a couple times and even made it across the ocean twice. Being control freaks in every possible way, we were very content with our situation, but still we started to feel like it is time for a change. We were highly motivated to produce a new demo to see if Metal Blade liked our new stuff. To make a long story short: they did, and so we are here now, ready to walk trough newly opened doors and taking the opportunity to reach more people with our music. With Metal Blade we keep our self-made attitude regarding our artistic freedom and full control, only now we get the chance to present ourselves on a much larger platform. Our upcoming album with the title "Hyena" is in the making and we hope to release it worldwide in November!"
Britta Görtz - vocals
Christian Bröhenhorst - guitars
Jonathan Stenger - guitars
Dennis Weber - drums
Gerrit Mohrmann - bass