In less than an hour from now, at 5:00 p.m. EST, SiriusXM Liquid Metal’s Jose Mangin will debut Battlecross‘ cover of the Slayer classic “War Ensemble.” After its debut, the song will play every three hours throughout the weekend.
Guitarist for the Detroit-based metallers, Hiran Deraniyagala, says:
Slayer is obviously one of our biggest influences. Slayer taught me personally to not give a fuck 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 and Metal Hammer Germany beginning May 27th and will later be made available to fans via iTunes.
Battlecross’ cover was recorded, mixed and mastered by Matt Dalton at 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Battlecross is currently on a North American tour with Killswitch Engage and Trivium. The tour will wrap up at the end of May, and then the band will regroup and venture to Europe in June for a series of festival appearances, as well as club shows with Huntress! The entire confirmed listing of dates can be seen below.
Battlecross Tour Dates:
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
08/09 Birch Run, MI Birch Run Expo Center DirtFest
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/ , 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
Rock Hard \m/