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Battlecross
Rise to Power
Type: CD
Company: Metal Blade
Release: 2015
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 1/1/2015
Extreme elements infused into this thrash metal attack
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.
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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.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Rise to PowerBattlecross
2015
Eric Compton1/1/2015


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