Metal Blade recording artists, Battlecross, headlined the “Winter Warriors Tour” in the Gateway to the West.

A full house of metal fans eagerly welcomed the “Winter Warriors Tour,” headlined by Detroit’s Battlecross. Known for their American heavy metal and thrash influences, Battlecross has caught the eyes and ears of many with their signature fast and furious sound and quick climb to national recognition. Along with an image of a powerhouse of harmonizing guitars, bestial upbeat thrash-driven drums, strong vocals, and pounding bass, the band is also quietly making a name for themselves as a group who goes above and beyond fans’ expectations.

Battlecross has made a select number of tickets available to veterans (through VetTix) so military veterans can attend local shows at no cost. The band is also donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of their limited edition tour shirts to a local charity that benefits veterans.

Opening the night was Black Fast, a local band who was recently signed to eOne Music. The band has experienced early success being the winner of two of the last three Best Metal Band in St. Louis contests from the Riverfront Times. In a nutshell, their sound can be described as progressive blackened thrash, but that does little justice to the band. They describe themselves as blistering, bludgeoning, no-holds-barred metal, but that still falls short of their obsessively tight performances, perfectionism, and dedication to the music and their fans.

Originally from North Carolina, Victory Records recording artists Wretched were up second, blistering through a set highlighted by death, and melodic and technical metal influences. The band is on tour supporting their new full-length release, Cannibal. The band and their strong melodies were a perfect complement to the other bands on the ticket.

War of Ages played third, keeping the already excited crowd pumped with their Christian-based metalcore sound. This Facedown Records band has evolved somewhat since the addition of their newest guitarist, Branon Bernatowicz, who brings a complementary layer of deconstruction to the band’s solid foundation mix of classic and death metal. Their newer music is slightly more polished than previous releases, but certainly retains the power, and singer Leroy Hamps’ underlying empathy still shines through.

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About The Author

Colleen was always the kid with the camera, taking snapshots of anything and everything she found interesting. Fast-forward to her teen years, where she spent much spare time and money on seeing as many live rock 'n roll acts as possible, both established and up-and-coming bands, and having a camera in hand. Colleen works to capture those moments that draw the viewer in and define the mood and energy of the artists and their performances.

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