Sunday, 15 October 2017

Dead Cross

I'm sure this is fairly "old" news by now, but a few very notable musicians have come together under the "Dead Cross" moniker and put out a surprisingly decent album earlier this year. Vocalist Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle), drummer Dave Lombardo (Slayer), guitarist Justin Pearson (The Locust, Swing Kids, Retox) and guitarist Mike Crain (Retox). Their original vocalist was Gabe Serbain (The Locust, Retox).

They formed in 2015, though their first release wasn't put out until earlier this year, after Patton re-recorded Serbian's vocals. The band's eclectic backgrounds do inevitably seep into the mix here, from elements of thrash metal, experimental noise, and of course Patton's vocal aerobics. However, their defining influence stems from straight-forward hardcore punk. However, instead of emulating it, they take their collaborative influences and provide their own take on it. Let's put it this way, they cover Bauhaus instead of The Accused. Their self-titled debut is a surprisingly decent album, especially by "supergroup" standards. Enjoy.

1. Seizure And Desist
2. Idiopathic
3. Obedience School
4. Shillelagh
5. Bela Lugosi's Dead
6. Divine Faith
7. Grave Slave
8. The Future Has Been Cancelled
9. Gag Reflex
10. Church of the Motherfuckers