The Skinny: Motor City thrashers Battlecross hit up Heavy MTL this year and played to a thick crowd of metallers eager to hear cuts from the band’s long-awaited third album, Rise To Power, out now via Metal Blade Records. Ahead of the metallic mayhem, however, we were able to get some time with guitarist and co-founder, Hiran Deraniyagala, who shared with us this Tales of Touring Terror (#ToTT) episode.

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