Dead Cross – Dead Cross (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 27:38 minutes | 558 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Front Cover | © Ipecac Recordings
Dead Cross are an American hardcore punk and heavy metal supergroup formed in Southern California. The band consists of guitarist Mike Crain (Retox), bassist Justin Pearson (the Locust, Head Wound City and Retox), drummer Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits, Slayer and Fantômas) and vocalist Mike Patton (Faith No More and Fantômas). While the band consider themselves as hardcore punk, they have also been labelled in the media as heavy metal and thrash metal.
As anyone familiar with the thin alt-rock gruel served up by Mastodon/At the Drive-In/Queens of the Stone Age team-up Gone is Gone will attest, the rock supergroup is often something that seems a better idea in theory than in practice. Which makes the self-titled debut from Dead Cross a rare and impressive exception. It reunites Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo with Faith No More wild man Mike Patton (the two previously appeared together in oddball metal outfit Fantômas) for a ferocious burst of inventive, hardcore punk that never stays still long enough to get predictable. Retox guitarist Mike Crain’s squalling, shreddy riffs nod smartly both to 80s Bay Area punk and the more contemporary mathcore of the Dillinger Escape Plan and Botch, while Patton, sounding more energised than he has in years, puts his elasticated vocals to good use, barking, yelping and cooing his way through the sludgy Gag Reflex, the pulverising crust punk of Idiopathic and even a surprising cover of Bauhaus’s post-punk classic Bela Lugosi’s Dead. The result is an album that sounds as if it was a blast to make and one that’s immensely enjoyable to listen to.
01 – Seizure and Desist
02 – Idiopathic
03 – Obedience School
04 – Shillelagh
05 – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
06 – Divine Filth
07 – Grave Slave
08 – The Future Has Been Cancelled
09 – Gag Reflex
10 – Church of the Motherfuckers