True Heavy Metal barbarians from BATTLERAGE deliver yet another bludgeoning slab of raw steel! If you know their previous works, you know what to expect: gruff vocals, pummeling drums, thundering bass and killer riffs. This metal machine from Chile rolls over and mercilessly crushes skulls on its way... but not without finesse of the guitar solos! Fist pounding attacks in the vein of GRAVE DIGGER and PARAGON and epic anthems reminiscent of early MANOWAR and OMEN is what you get here. "From the depths of Metal Hell, from the waste where demons dwell..." The Axeman has risen again - posers, beware! The battle for True Metal rages on!
BATTLERAGE is a true heavy metal band hailing from Santiago, Chile, born in 2002 from a personal project of the ex-STEELRAGE drummer, Francisco Vera, who wanted to play some tough and loud heavy metal. Vera left STEELRAGE and contacted Mauricio Cavalla (guitar, member of AFTERLIFE) to compose the first songs for this new-born band, and a few months later Christian Willembrinck (bass, ex-member of STEELRAGE) and Fox-Lin Torres (vocals, ex-DAMA NEGRA) joined Vera's project.
In February 2003, after the release of their first demo "Metal Slaughter", which got a very good reception among the fans of this genre, the band started to play some shows. A few months after the release of "Metal Slaughter" Alejandro Oliva (guitar, ex-member of AKRAMEN) joined BATTLERAGE and in December the same year recorded with the band their second demo "Return of the Axeman".
2004 was a roller-coaster of good moments and line-up changes. The band signed a record deal with Highland Records/Octagon Music Group, but unfortunately Mauricio Cavalla had to leave BATTLERAGE due to personal reasons. Cavalla was replaced by Nicolás Arce before the recording of the debut full length, "Steel Supremacy" that was released in November 2004. This album, like the demo, got a great reception among the Chilean public. Not much later after this, another band member left. Alejandro Oliva parted ways with BATTLERAGE to work on his own project and was replaced by Daniel Roman (member of VALKIRIA).
Another good year for BATTLERAGE arrived in 2005. With many shows ahead and a new record coming, an EP called "Battlefield Belongs to Me" that is a sort of a "trailer" for a next full length album, their success in the Chilean metal scene was confirmed. Unfortunately this EP got delayed due to some label problems. Late in 2005, guitar player Nicolás Arce left the band to focus on his own band called LOST HIGHWAY (split in early 2006) and was replaced by Luis Arenas.
In May 2006 "Battlefield Belongs to Me" was finally released and gained many good critics again. Christian Willembrinck had to leave the band, being replaced later by Rodrigo de la Hoz (member of ABOHRRENT, ex-ANIMA IMMORTALIS).
Still in 2006 BATTLERAGE recorded what was to be their sophomore album, but sadly, due to the problems with their former label, this material has never seen the light of day.
The two demos from 2003 were limited to 200 copies and not available since a long time. Being the lucky ones who have had them, Metal On Metal Records thought it's a shame for these real heavy metal hymns not to be available for a wider audience and decided to reissue both demos on one CD in November 2008, remixed and remastered, under the title "The Slaughter Returns", with a new artwork, 20 pages booklet with lyrics and liner notes and with 2 additional songs.
2008 saw also the release of the limited audio tape "Living Slaughter" (Morbillus Records), containing live tracks from the band's shows in February 2004 and in December 2006.
In fall 2008 BATTLERAGE entered the studio to record the songs from their never released second full-length once again. The fact that they had to do it, since they didn't own the rights to the old recordings, only worked in their advantage, because both the performance of the musicians and the sound improved. Meanwhile Rodrigo de la Hoz left and Nicolás Arce played bass on the album as the session musician, however in 2009 Felipe Vuletich (member of WITCHBLADE) joined the band.
Their long awaited new studio album "Blood, Fire, Steel" was finally released in September 2009 on Metal On Metal Records. Recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Nicolás Arce who also played all bass on the this album, and adorned by a fitting artwork by Gonzalo Ordóñez, it sounds just like a real heavy metal album should sound like.
During 2010 and 2011 BATTLERAGE played numerous gigs, the most important being two shows supporting U.D.O. and SAXON.
The band kept on working on their next album, "True Metal Victory". Just before the recordings guitarist Luis Arenas left the ranks and the band hired Gabriel Hidalgo for some extra guitar solo work. The album was mastered in September 2011 and released on October 28th through Metal On Metal Records. The battle for True Metal rages on! This bludgeoning, epic slab of metal with slamming riffage, pounding drums, harsh vocals and shout-along choruses is bound to raise the fists of every true metal fan!
In May 2012 a compilation "Battlefield Supremacy" was released by RAW Metal (Metal On Metal Records division) on pro-tape format, limited to 66 copies. It contains "Battlefield Supremacy" album from 2004 plus 4 studio tracks from "Battlefield Belongs to Me" EP from 2006.
True Heavy Metal
Chile (Santiago), 2002
Fox-Lin Torres (vocals)
Alejandro Oliva (guitars)
Felipe Vuletich (bass)
BATTLERAGE "Battlefield Supremacy" is a tape-only release, strictly limited to 66 hand-numbered copies. It contains all songs from their 2004 full-length album "Steel Supremacy" (minus the Manilla Road cover) and 4 studio songs (including intro) taken from their 2006 EP "Battlefield Belongs to Me". Both releases of this respected Chilean True Metal horde were very hard to find an not available for a long time. This is raw heavy metal with an epic feel... Metal in its purest form, played with no compromises! On the battlefield they reign supreme!
The Axeman is back! BATTLERAGE from Chile play true metal with balls, adding an epic feel to their crushing tunes. On their 3rd full length CD the old teutonic metal influences (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD...) took over, but you can still hear their fascination with early MANOWAR or OMEN. If you look for experiments, look elsewhere, but if you like memorable songs, solid riffing and drumming, topped with harsh vocals, check this slab of pure and uncompromising barbaric Heavy Metal! This Warmachine is designed to crush your skulls!
They claim: "We kill as we play!" And when they're done, they will grind your bones! Don't you believe? Then check the 2 re-mixed and re-mastered demos from 2003 of this respected Chilean horde playing true and raw "battle" heavy metal with an epic feel... especially if you're a fan of bands like OMEN, MANILLA ROAD, GRAVE DIGGER, early MANOWAR, IRONSWORD, PARAGON and GODDESS OF DESIRE. This is Metal in the purest form, played with no compromises. The Axeman returns... Beware the Metal Slaughter!
• "Metal Slaughter" (2003)
• "Return of the Axeman" (2003)
• "Steel Supremacy" (2004)
Full-length, Highland/Octagon Music Group
• "Battlefield Belongs to Me" (2006)
EP, Highland/Octagon Music Group
• "Living Slaughter" (2008)
Live album (cassette), Morbillus Records
• "The Slaughter Returns" (2008)
Full-length, Metal On Metal Records/RAW Metal
• "Blood, Fire, Steel" (2009)
Full-length, Metal On Metal Records
• "True Metal Victory" (2011)
Full-length, Metal On Metal Records
• "Battlefield Supremacy" (2012)
Compilation (cassette), RAW Metal