Nima : It is by now no secret that I have little connection with modern metal in general, so let me already say that Battlecross really is no band for me! But goddamn, what these guys do on their second album, 'Pursuit Of Honor', is quite impressive.
This quintet calls upon influences from the fast and technical power, speed and thrash metal with a huge load of deathcore, wrapped in a highly modern cloak. The whole sounds rather wrought-up and aggressive and there is hardly a moment to catch a breath. In only 34 minutes the band rushes through nine tracks (in- and outro excluded). To form an idea of what you can expect, ask yourself how it would sound if you'd mix (the more recent works by) In Flames, Soilwork, Children Of Bodom, Iced Earth, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Dragonforce, Gamma Ray and The Black Dahlia Murder. The whole sounds rather wrought-up and aggressive and there is hardly a moment to catch a breath. In only 34 minutes the band rushes through nine tracks (in- and outro excluded). Although the production is also of the modern kind, the album fortunately doesn't sound over-produced; a problem many modern albums suffer from nowadays. Something else that I also find pleasing is the fact that Battlecross doesn't seem to have the urge to use whining clean vocals - which for me is one of the most annoying aspects of most modern bands. The vocals vary from aggressive shouting to screams a la Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) and Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder).
On top of everything, it is clearly audible that we're dealing with highly gifted musicians here; the guitar and drum works are simply sublime. Also the composition-wise the band deserves respect and compliments, because they have managed to come up with a sound of their own. Regardless of the fact that this really isn't my thing, 'Pursuit Of Honor' is not an easily digestible album. But if you like modern extreme metal you can purchase it with an assured heart.