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War of Will

Battlecross Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • ASIN: B00CV1P9J8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Force Fed Lies 3:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Flesh & Bone 3:290.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Never Coming Back 2:240.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. My Vaccine 4:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Get over It 4:590.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ghost Alive 3:190.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wage a War 3:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Will to Overcome 3:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beast 3:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Never-Ending Night 3:070.69  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 30 Jan 2014
By Fresh
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hell of an album. These guys just tear the s*** out of their instruments. They are so creative and are such a great band. Seeing them on their first European tour in 2 days ;D
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5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Magic and Mastery 22 July 2013
By Douglas K. Roberts - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I've followed the career of Battlecross for well over a decade as the core of Tony Asta and Hiran Deraniyagala have weathered all manner of trials. I became a fan when I saw their dedication to craft, showmanship and their iron resolve: It was music or die trying. Having finally assembled like-minded souls, this CD resonates with the force of a collaborative explosion. After hearing this CD, I am a fan because of their talent, virtuosity, song-writing, CD-composition ~and~ all of the above.
Specifically, there are 2 guitar bridges that utterly leap out: "Flesh & Bone" @ 1:50 and "Get Over It" @ 3:50. Totally cool, harmonized riffs, that come from nowhere, sonically surprising, showcasing sublime musical know-how. The guitars' tones are amazing and, yes, they duplicate this live.
The guitar solo in 'Never Coming Back' is just sick, crazy awesome. These boys don't try to create heart-pounding, storm-trooping, machine-gun rhythms: they SUCCEED. This is hard-jamming, classy metal, the way previous generations of musicians have only aspired to perform. You can just feel the energy and joy as their hard-work at attaining guitar virtuosity has climbed well beyond their original vision. Now they perform these technically demanding songs with ease. The whole CD was recorded in a month. There is no pretense, no straining, no bumbling around grasping for a "cool" rhythm. It's just ~there~ on nearly every second of this album.
I would be remiss if I didn't single out "Beast" as my favorite. It is a dark, brooding piece, with weird minor, chromatic steps that create an awesome atmosphere -- kind of like you're taking a relaxing, gondola trip with Charon. The rhythms here are the cleverest and unique on the CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wage A War!! 8 Dec 2013
By W. Jackson - Published on
Format:Audio CD
From the opening riffs of Force Fed Lies I knew I was going love this album. Usually I try to check out bands I have never heard of and I remember people making a big deal about these guys at Orion Festival this past year. So as I was perusing over the heavy metal section at FYE I found this album and immediately loved it.Battlecross covers just about every metal genre there is on this album. They even get Shannon Lucas on drums from The Black Dahlia Murder to sit behind the kit. This one should top many end of year lists. Great album. Excellent band. Buy this for real!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you thought Pursuit was brutal.... 13 July 2013
By kronosb - Published on
Eeeee-gad...The mighty "Cross" tops the Thrashing gem from 2011(re-recording of "Push, Pull, Destroy" titled "Pursuit of Honor")
I guess part of what makes this a beast of a recording is the additon of session drummer Shannon Lucas. Don't get me wrong, when it come to a metal bashing hero, not many can hold a torch to Mike Kreger. But Shannon brings the stampede, meter, and fills to order. Shoot, I even heard that Daath/Six Feet Under/Hate Eternal(Derek Roddy's replacement)KEVIN FRAKIN TALLEY is the tour drummer. Word is they SLAAAAYED the Orion fest.

Anyway, These guys have been working hard, they quit the day jobs and committed to the pursuit of the heavy metal dream. The fruits of their labor is an entirely Kick Ass recording. Hiran & Tony are the benchmark for modern metal riffage, harmonies and dueling leads. For effs sake, Don Slater is peerless...period, no argument, the freakin' best. Finally this time, Gumby has a hand in the lyrics and original vocal phrasing, he delivers the goods. ???what happened to Mr. Wood from the "Push Pull Destroy" recording??? Kudos to him for the base work on pursuit.

Can't wait to catch them this month with Rob Zombie, Behemoth, COB, Amon Amarth, Machinehead, and Mastodon, \m/\m/!!!!!

Directions for listening, Start at Track One, continue to Track 12 (a blazing rendition of Pantera's "Hostile") Ice your neck.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over and Over 4 Jan 2014
By I.O. Kirkwood - Published on
I have been listening to this album over and over. From Force Fed Lies to Never Ending Night, the only song I skip is The Will To Overcome and only if I remember to hit the skip button (not a priority). I'm a huge lyrics and vocals person so intelligence and vocal appropriateness is very important. The lyrics are relevant, phrased to give chilling emphasis to the screams and growls (Gunter's range leaves me speechless), and I can't fault the message: You are responsible for your life so quit your whining and get on with it.

I find myself at odd moments humming along to one or another of the songs, my favorite being "Get Over It" (but only by a very small margin to the other songs). The guitars are melodic, driven, and demonstrate a virtuosity that I have seen duplicated live (Asta and Deraniyagala are amazing). What impresses me most about the album is its coherence and balance. The drum and bass work blends so seamlessly, that I feel as if I've taken a deliciously sonic beating after a listen. Given that this was also duplicated live despite the change in drummers (I saw them with Adam Pierce) is a testament to Slater's skill. Ofttimes in thrash metal the bass line is lost, subsumed by the guitars and drums, but not so here and to great effect.

The song I skip, The Will To Overcome, is due more to preference. It doesn't strike me as coherent as the other offerings, almost as if it hadn't been given the time necessary to develop rather than a lack of inspiration. I've been told War of Will was written in a month and when the creative process swallows you up, there is always that one scene, that one song, that one paragraph that you wish you had given more time. Having that time is a luxury and hindsight always proves to be illuminating about what could have been done differently or better. This isn't to say that others won't find the song completely awesome.

I highly recommend the album to anyone who is on the fence about thrash metal (with a dash of death metal vocals). This will push you right over into the lush, green pastures of the genre and give you a new appreciation for the talent that's out there.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Thrash Album 13 July 2013
By Prez - Published on
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Wow, this album is awesome. It does my metal heart good to see that there are modern-day thrash metal torch-bearers still alive in modern music!
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