Detroit’s own Battlecross are about to embark on their maiden voyage across the pond on their continuing quest to conquer the world. The band will head over to Europe to tour with the likes of hard rock heavyweights Trivium and Killswitch Engage.

This past Saturday January 25th Detroit said goodbye to their hometown heroes at their Farewell Bash at The Token Lounge. The show featured Canadian brothers-in-arms Crimson Shadows who made their US debut earlier in the week as well as local death metallers Gutrot with old school rockers Wulfhook rounding out the lineup for this special show.

What a performance it was. As usual, the Battlecross boys brought the thunder with their relentless riffage along with the raw power and energy that has catapulted them to the top of the national metal scene in the past 3 years.

The National Rock Review had the distinct pleasure of attending the show and helping send the guys off in style. NRR would like to wish the guys the best of luck on the road and we are confident they are going to absolutely slay the European crowds.


Battlecross is:
Kyle Gunther – Vocals
Tony Asta – Guitar
Hiran Deraniyagala – Guitar
Don Slater – Bass
Adam Pierce – Live Drummer
Shannon Lucas – Session Drummer


Battlecross online:


Crimson Shadows are an epic Death/Power metal band from Toronto, Ontario. They have been together since 2006 and have found their unique style combining Power Metal technicality with Death Metal lyrics. You may be familiar with them as last year after winning the Metal Battle Canada, they traveled to Germany to perform at the Wacken Metal Battle 2013. They made their country proud and brought home the gold by outperforming representatives from over 20 countries around the world and winning the 10th incarnation of the event..

The National Rock Review had a chance to chat with the guys from Crimson Shadows to discuss their breakout year, success at Wacken and plans for the future.


Crimson Shadows is:
Jimi Maltais – Vocals
Ryan Hofing – Guitar
Greg Rounding – Guitar/Vocals
Cory Hofing – Drums
Morgan Rider – BassCrimson Shadows online:


Gutrot is:
Brian Forgue – Gutterals
Russ Crossman – Guitar
Zach Gibson – Drums
Chris Revill – BassGutrot online:


Wulfhook is:
Jeff Sling Schlinz-Vocals
Metal Matt Martin-Guitar
Duke Dudick – Guitar
Wild Barry Gomez-Bass
Dit Ditner-DrumsWulfhook online:


About The Author

Hailing from Boston and now residing in the Metro Detroit area, Mick has spent several years photographing concerts and interviewing musicians in the music industry. After spending a few years shooting and writing for, he founded and started the National Rock Review in the fall of 2013. Recruiting staffers from around the world, he has led the National Rock Review team in to a respected and established publication in the online music news/press industry in a short period of time.

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