Canada’s Protest the Hero had a monster 2013 with the explosive release of its fourth album “Volition” on Razor & Tie records. Likewise, Michigan’s Battlecross had an equally impressive year touring the world in support of its sophomore album, “War of Will” on Metal Blade. This week the duo announced their 2014 North American Tour which will kick off Saturday, March 1 in Buffalo, New York and arrives in Boise on Saturday, March 15 at the Knitting Factory. The tour will also feature The Safety Fire, Intervals, and Night Verses. Tickets are only $16 and go on sale this Friday, January 24.
Offered Battlecross guitarist Tony Asta of the tour:
“Battlecross is very excited to hit the road with Protest The Hero! They seem like a very successful, humble group of guys who don’t take things too seriously yet are serious about the business — a good role model for all modern bands and we can’t wait to get to know them on the road. Oh yeah and they’re shredders! Being direct support is a huge honor and we won’t let anyone down. This is a very unique tour package and we can’t wait to play to new crowds as well as expose some of our fans to bands they may not have seen yet. See you all in the road this spring!”
Battlecross‘ latest effort, “War Of Will“, saw the band on the road as a part of 2013′s Rockstar Mayhem Festival and debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the Top Current Albums chart, #2 on the Heatseeker chart, #15 on the Current Hard Music chart, #16 on the Hard Music Overall chart, and #32 on the Independent Albums chart. It didn’t stop here though, as the band also debuted in Canada’s Soundscan charts coming in at #178 Top 200 Current and #25 Hard Music Charts while also landing on the iTunes charts for release date at #103 on the Top 200, #10 on Rock, and #2 on Metal! This marks the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut! “War Of Will“ also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release.
Battlecross was devastating during its Treasure Valley Mayhem performance, and afterwards, The Examiner sat down to speak with guitarist Tony Asta. You can check out that interview here.
“War of Will” also placed #2 on Metalholic’s Top Thrash albums of 2013 and # 25 on our Top 50 Metal albums overall. Likewise, Protest the Hero placed #11 on our Top 50 Metal albums list for 2013 with “Volition“.
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