The first annual Battle Christmas Show was held at The Machine Shop Concert Lounge on Friday featuring heavy metal lords Battlecross. The snow and ice storm didn't stop anyone from coming out to Flint. Local Radio Station 101.5 The Banana was there promoting the event and the venue was completely packed. Opening the show was local heavy acts Wilson, Wulfhook, along with a fabulous burlesque performance by Leena Allure.
The Machine Shop is a favorite venue of many, with great sound, a rockin' atmosphere and cheap drinks. Battlecross has been playing here for years, mostly opening for bigger metal acts. This year these guys have been constantly touring and it was great to have them back home for the holidays, headlining their own metal show here at The Machine Shop.
Battlecross hit the stage at 10 pm and singer Kyle Gunther handed out presents, including a $50 cash gift. These guys have lots to be thankful for. They had some really big gigs this year, like opening for Metallica's Orion Music Fest on Belle Isle in Detroit and touring with the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. They also recorded and released a new album entitled, War Of Will on Metal Blade Records.
Battlecross performed for over an hour, performing a bunch of new songs off their new album. These guys pour their heart and souls in every performance and never disappoint. Singer Kyle Gunther is an amazing front man, full of emotion, expressions, and of course that great long heavy metal hair! There were dozens of Battlecross fans in the audience singing along to every song. Everyone was a hot sweaty mess after the show but no one complained. The concert scene gets a bit slow around Detroit in December and this is just what us metal heads needed right before the holidays!
Battlecross will be touring again next year and hopefully we will be blessed with more Detroit shows. In early 2014, Battlecross will be undertaking their first UK/Irish tour with Killswitch Engage, Trivium and Miss May I. They also will be playing the huge Graspop Metal Meeting Festival in Dessel, Belgium this summer. Who wants to go with me?!?
Battlecross Set List at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI 12.20.2013
FORCE FED LIES
WAGE A WAR
NEVER COMING BACK
FLESH & BONE
THE WILL TO OVERCOME
GET OVER IT
PURSUIT OF HONOR
PUSH PULL DESTROY