BATTLECROSS Release Slayer Cover

Battlecross released a new cover of Slayer’s War Ensemble.

Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says,

“Slayer is obviously one of our biggest influences. Slayer taught me personally to not give a f#@k 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 will be streaming via Metal Hammer UK & Metal Hammer Germany beginning May 27 and will later be made available to fans via iTunes.

It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Matt Dalton at 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

The band recently kicked off a North American tour with Killswitch Engage and Trivium that wraps up at the end of May, then the band ventures to Europe in June for a series of festival appearances, as well as club shows with Huntress.

BATTLECROSS w/ Killswitch Engage
05/23 Kokomo, IN Centerstage Bar & Grill w/ Black Fast
05/24 St. Louis, MO Fubar w/ Black Fast
05/25 Merriam, KS Aftershock w/ Black Fast
05/26 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
05/27 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater w/ Nothing More
05/28 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater w/ Nothing More
End Tour
08/09 Birch Run, MI Birch Run Expo Center DirtFest
European Tour
06/05 Nürburg, DE Nürburgring Rock am Ring
06/06 Nuremberg, DE Zeppelinfeld Rock im Park
06/10 Hamburg, DE Markthalle Beastfest
06/11 Tilburg, NL 013 w/ Huntress
06/14 Derby, GB Donington Park Download Festival
06/15 Nickelsdorf, AT Nova Rock Festival w/ Black Sabbath, Seether
06/17 Zurich, CH Rock City w/ Huntress
06/18 Geneve, CH L’Usine w/ Huntress
06/19 Milan, IT Legend Club Milano w/ Huntress
06/20 Liubliana, SI Orto Bar w/ Huntress
06/21 Zagreb, HR Attack w/ Huntress
06/27 Dessel, BE Festival Park Stenehei Graspop Metal Meeting
South American Tour
w/ Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire
08/22 Curitiba, BR Music Hall
08/23 Sao Paulo, BR Carioca Club
08/24 Rio de Janeiro, BR Circo Voador

War of Will, the band’s most recent album, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the top current albums chart, #2 on the heatseeker chart, #15 on the current hard music chart, #16 on the hard music overall chart, and #32 on the independent albums chart. It didn’t stop here though, as the band also debuted in Canada’s Soundscan charts coming in 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. This marks the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut. War of Will also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release.

http://www.battlecrossmetal.com
http://www.facebook.com/battlecrossmetal
http://twitter.com/battlecross

Hanneman Tribute: ANTHRAX w/ Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown

Former Pantera/Down bandmates, Phillip Anselmo & Rex Brown joined Anthrax on stage during the Golden God Awards last week to tribute fallen comrade, Slayer guitarist, Jeff Hanneman.

I got chills twice while listening to this… 

Here’s the live video stream from r4d3cki on YouTube.

IMG_1007ScottJoey

TO HUMANS Featuring JEREMY LOMBARDO Releases EP

(Apple Valley, CA) – TO HUMANS, a new alternative rock project featuring drummer Jeremy Lombardo (son of world-famous metal drummer Dave Lombardo), released a brand new self-titled 5-track EP. It is available via their official Bandcamp page. TO HUMANS also features lyricist/vocalist/guitarist Danny Toranzo and bassist Ace Anderson.

TO HUMANS: New Alternative Project Featuring Jeremy Lombardo Releases New Self-Titled EP

Drummer Jeremy Lombardo states,

“When we perform, we’re definitely not your average indie rock band. We definitely all have a connection to each other when we perform live. There’s a certain spirit that we all feel and we try our hardest to impress and share that emotion and spirit that we feel with our audiences.”

Jeremy adds,

“The new EP is essentially a compilation of some of our earlier songs that the band wrote a long time ago, mixed with a couple newer songs that we wrote shortly before entering the studio. Most of our songs start as a freeform jam fused with Danny’s ideas that eventually morph into what you’ll hear on the EP.”

TO HUMANS formed in 2011. They have performed several shows at venues including the legendary Whisky A Go Go, The Roxy, The Viper Room, The Wire, and more. The band cites Portugal the Man, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Circa Survive, Arctic Monkeys and others as influences.

TO HUMANS will be performing at two shows in California this April.
4/12 Upland, CA @ The Wire
4/27 Hollywood, CA @ Amplyfi

For more information on TO HUMANS, visit these websites:
www.tohumans.bandcamp.com/album/to-humans-ep
www.facebook.com/tohumansband
www.twitter.com/ToHumans
www.youtube.com/tohumansband