Michigan thrashers Battlecross will embark on a North American tour this summer with Crimson Shadows and Ikillya.

The trek launches July 24 in Columbus, Ohio, and include an Aug 9 date at Birch Run's DIRT Fest.

They will also begin working on their third album, due to be released sometime next year.

"We're excited to announce our first headline run in quite a while," says guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala. "It's short but sweet, and this gives us time to write the new record this summer. We are stoked to have our Canadian brothers, Crimson Shadows joining us. We did a short run with those guys earlier this year and they're a great live band and have an awesome record coming out next fall."

Guitarist Tony Asta says, "The past year has been very inspiring for the band and our attitude towards the writing process this time around is more confident and driven. I expect our next album to kick you in the ass harder than the last. Album number three will be a serious contender in 2015 and a defining Battlecross record."

Battlecross are currently on tour in Europe playing shows and festivals including Graspop in Belgium. After the North American tour. they are headed to South America with Killswitch Engage and Memphis May Fire for three Brazilian shows.

Battlecross Tour Dates
July 24 -- Columbus, Ohio, The Basement
July 25 -- Greensboro, N.C., Greene Street Club
July 26 -- Elizabethton, Tenn., The Bonnie Kate
July 27 -- Charlotte, N.C., The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
July 28 -- Jacksonville, 1904 Music Hall
July 30 -- Reading, Pa., Reverb
July 31 -- Buffalo, Waiting Room
Aug. 1 -- Hartford, Conn., Webster Underground
Aug. 2 -- Albany, N.Y., Bogies
Aug. 3 -- Ottawa, Mavericks
Aug. 4 -- Quebec City, L'Agitee
Aug. 5 -- London, Ontario, Rum Runners (with Macabre)
Aug. 6 -- Syracuse, N.Y., Lost Horizon
Aug. 7 -- Pittsburgh, Smiling Moose
Aug. 8 -- Louisville, Ky., Expo 5 (with Killswitch Engage)
Aug. 9 -- Birch Run, DIRT Fest
Aug. 10 -- Libertyville, Ill., Austin's (with Killswitch Engage)