Metro Detroit thrashers, Battlecross, return home for a Michigan show as part of this years Dirt Fest lineup at the Birch Run Expo Center on August 9.

Howie D. from Hard Edge Radio and National Rock Review caught up with guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala as they finished up a short headline tour before stopping at home for Dirt Fest. They talked about a few different topics including, the crazy last few years since signing with Metal Blade Records, getting to head over to Europe for both a big name tour and some well-known European festivals, playing the main stage at the 2014 Dirt Fest and how much they truly appreciate the support from fans and peers.

Battlecross has been going non-stop since things started to blow up for them in just two years. 2012’s Trespass America tour, 2013’s Orion Fest and Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival along with tours to support Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed and Death Angel are on their resume and standout achievements for this band in their short time in the national spotlight.

The immediate future shows no signs of letting up either as they get ready to head to South America with Killswitch Engage, take some time to work on new material and then do some US dates as part of Machine Heads US Tour. It’s this work ethic of consistent touring and focusing on the band that tells me Battlecross is going to be around for the long haul and continue to expand their fan base. These guys are really earning that “Blue Collar Trash Metal” title.

The interview with Hiran Deraniyagala from Battlecross:

Dirt Fest

$35.00 general admission for 50 bands!

Saturday Aug 9
Birch Run Expo Center
11600 Birch Run, MI 48415
All Ages Welcome
Gates Open at 12 noon (11:30am for VIP)
Rain Or Shine Event
Produced and Hosted by Dirt Fest Partners:
(Dalton Bros. & Banana 101.5)


Band Lineup:
Killswitch Engage
SID of Slipknot
Hed Pe
Smile Empty Soul
Blue Felix
Beyond Threshold
Beast In The Field
Powerman 5000
Nothing More
Redlight King
Framing Hanley
Gift Giver
Murder FM
It Lies Within
Gemini Syndrome
Like A Storm
Eyes Set To Kill
Critical Bill
Sunflower Dead
Through The Ashes
Saint Ridley
Bridge To Grace
The 2nd System
Switchblade Scarlett
Brody & The Busch Road Trio
The Mighty Swine
Hell Rides North
Black Flower Blossom
My Perfect Nightmare
The Persevering Promise
Know Lyfe
Aim Your Arrows
The Finale
Bulletproof Snow
Martyr For Madison
Laid In Stone
Autumn Coma
Flood Of Souls
First Decree
Hour 24
Dystopian I
At Ocean’s Depth
This Is Life This Is Living
Sins In Stereo
Dead Sky

About The Author

Harold 'Howie D' Herula has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has been involved with some of the best companies, venues and events in the area of Detroit. His experience includes, club disc jockey, event host, booking agent, artist and talent manager, event coordinator, promotions, marketing, and advertising. He currently is the host of Hard Edge Radio in Detroit.

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