Battlecross 'Rise to Power' (album stream)

Battlecross 'Rise to Power' (album stream)
Yesterday (August 18), it was revealed that Michigan thrash metal unit Battlecross would be opening for Scumdogs Gwar on their upcoming 30th anniversary tour. The younger band are likewise in the mood to celebrate, considering their new Rise to Power LP hits stores this Friday (August 21) via Metal Blade. If you want to get the party started even earlier, though, you can do so by streaming the full album right now.

The album is the band's third for Metal Blade and fourth overall. Featuring 10 amped-up thrash attacks, it's the first full-length from the band to feature drummer Alex Bent, who started playing with the group in 2014.

Opener "Scars" is a powder keg of quick licks, scissor-beat insanity and the venom-dripping hisses of vocalist Kyle "Gumby" Gunther. "Not Your Slave" is a blood-boiling, double-time ode to independence. Elsewhere, you've got the speedy, double kick-driven "Bound By Fear" and the Swedish-style melodic death metal crusher "Shackles."

You can stream the set down below.

The full rundown of Battlecross' trip with Gwar, which includes a number of Canadian dates, can be see here.