are an outstanding Extreme
Thrash metal band, with some Death and Tech Metal influences and a
modern twist, that is
frankly so brutal, you will need a lie down after listening to this
metal thrashing, shredding five
piece from Michigan.
this album you can see and tell that Thrash / Death Metal is very much
alive and kicking and seems to be getting stronger, with new bands such
as Diamond Plate, Reflection in Exile and of course Battlecross,
standing out from the other wannabes.
These metallers are leading the way and the is future is insanely
bright for the whole genre. Battlecross
already toured with bands like
Dying Fetus, Gwar, Devildriver, to name but a few, and from reading
reviews of live gigs, I see these guys are amazing very entertaining and
really are worth going to see, when they make it over to where you live.
The intro is nice soft delicate guitar playing then it just all goes totally insane and melts your face as 'Pursuit of Honor' goes straight for the throat, as vocalist Kyle “Gumby” Gunther lets out a death defying howl and takes a grip of your shoulders and gives you a damn good battering. This first track gears you up for an exceptionally heavy, fist pumping album of brutality!
Destroy' is relentless and the intense
riffage and brutality of “Gumbys” vocals don’t let up on 'Man of
Stone' and 'Breaking You'. This is a thrash fans idea of heaven, with ear-shattering screams
and heavy riffs. The next two tracks 'Leech' and 'Better off Dead'
leave you in no doubt of the pedigree of this band and these two tracks
being played live, side
by side, you
can close your eyes and imagine a
maelstrom of heads being banged and bodies being thrashed to these two
songs as mosh-pit after mosh-pit erupts.
fact I would say my favorite tracks on the album are 'Better off
Dead', it has everything that you would expect
from a thrash band, with its fast paced drumming and immense guitar
shredding, you simply can’t go wrong with this song. Same can be said
for the awesome 'Misery', which is a head-bashing smorgasbord
of metal ripping at your brain and tearing into you like an exocet
missile on speed. The album finishes with a short track called 'Foreshadowing', which I would change to foreboding, as these guys
are going to be whipping up a storm around the world soon. This album is a
small taste of what these talented metal-heads can bring to the
Review by: Seb Di Gatto
Pursuit Of Honor
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