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Artist Spotlight: Battlecross

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

A weekly feature showcasing local artists

Name: Battlecross

Line up: Kyle Gunther, vocals; Tony Asta, guitar; Hiran Deraniyagala, guitar; Don Slater, bass, and Brian Zink, drums.

Sound: Thrash metal and traditional heavy metal.

History: This Detroit-based band has been around since 2004, but the game changed for them when Metallica took notice and booked Battlecross for the Orion Fest on Belle Isle in 2013. More people started to take notice, from local fans to European metalheads.

Future: Before embarking on a European tour this summer, Battlecross will headline the Token Lounge on Sunday at 28949 Joy in Westland. Doors open at 6 p.m. with Voyag3r playing at 6:30 p.m. followed by Hate Unbound, Dead in 5, Imminent Sonic Destruction, Carnis Immortalis and then Battlecross. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Melody Baetens