(Our bro BadWolf offers a word of congratulations . . .)
It feels good to know that even in these dark days good things happen to people who deserve it, and great hard-working bands do get signed to big labels. Today is a day we can celebrate something good happening to an underground band we support.
When I last checked in with Battlecross (here), Detroit’s finest tech-thrashers, they were sounding global but bogged down in local. They’d just completed a lead singer swap after self-releasing a debut album with no backing. They were re-recording said album with said new vocalist, but had nobody to support them or release the debut V2.0.
What a difference a few months and some good press makes: On May 2nd Battlecross announced that they have signed a contract with Metal Blade Records. (more after the jump . . .)
Metal Blade, who I would loosely group with Century Media and Nuclear blast as a ‘major’ metal label, have a large and varied roster full of highly successful and artistically important acts including NCS favorites Behemoth, and fellow Michiganders The Black Dahlia Murder.
The danger in signing to a major label with a huge roster is that it’s easy for a relatively new band to get lost in the shuffle and/or burn out on extensive touring. Metal Blade has its fair share of ‘lost’ artists (who here actually knows who the fuck Falconer is?).
When I spoke to Battlecross guitarist Tony Asta about the signing, he told me that the ‘cross knows it’s time to work harder than they’ve ever worked before.
That means promoting a nationwide release of their re-furnished album (which will NOT be titled Push Pull Destroy this time around) and touring to markets they’ve never been to before, which means it’s going to be a lot easier for many NCS readers to get the full Battlecross experience very soon.
Take it from the BadWolf, keep your eyes peeled for these guys at a filthy disgusting bar near you—they rip face like I drink Gin.