Rise to Power
Company: Metal Blade
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Some more extreme elements are infused into this thrash metal attack. Jason Suecof (Death Angel, Trivium, Whitechapel) is the producer this time around with Mark Lewis (Trivium, All That Remains) on board as engineer and mixer. Iím not sure Iím completely sold on the band at this point, although I canít pinpoint a reason why. I throw them in with the likes of Skeletonwitch as electric youth that is nearly a mandate to continue metalís longevity. Battlecross are clearly dedicated to the cause and every single note of ĎRise to Powerí is calculated intensity that simply doesnít fade out or burn away. The deathy vocals seem to consume more of the verses this time around with the familiar blackened screams still included for duel delivery and emphasis. Itís as fast as lightning, sounds phenomenal...what am I missing here? Clean vocals? My inbox is open.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.