Dead Cross, the SoCal band featuring Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk), Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival of Dead Deer) are set to release their self-titled debut album on Aug. 4 via Ipecac Recordings.
Dead Cross emerged out of a series of impractical schemes, fallen-through plans, and last-minute musical experimentation. Shows were scheduled before a single song was written, fans were formed before even one show was played. The chaos of its creation seems apt; after all, the band is comprised entirely of artists who have thrived playing tightly-coiled turmoil—intelligent dissonance disguised as disorder. Consisting of Dave Lombardo, Justin Pearson, Michael Crain, and Mike Patton, the impressive, expansive, and eclectic list of prior bands collectively played in would be enough to ensure the unyielding ferocity of the music… but a resume isn’t necessary, here. Dead Cross stands on its own, speaks volumes with its multilayered evil-genius vocals, manic guitar riffs, and brutal rhythms.
Their S/T debut is demonstrative of all of these essential elements, jumping relentlessly between high-speed frantic furore and lingering darkness, even including a gloriously bouncy, yet still stunningly haunting take on Bauhaus’ ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’. You can’t dispute the ten tracks are brimming with a scathing anger, something which is wholly essential with today’s political shituation, and Dead Cross know it. Patton’s multifaceted vocal range is on full display over the ten tracks too, from rageful spits of malice to hitting pitches higher than comprehension.
Jump into Dead Cross’ rollercoaster ride of an album which’ll leave you with ragin’ whiplash but also grinning stupidly from ear to ear because this is THE band you didn’t even know you needed. You can’t help but feel compelled to press repeat over and over again…