Meet one of the most unique su­per­groups ever

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a hard­core su­per­group that also fea­tures Slayer leg­end Dave Lom­bardo along­side the in­com­pa­ra­ble Mike Pat­ton, not to men­tion four-string vir­tu­oso Justin Pear­son and punk shred­der Michael Crain, Dead Cross is an act that con­tra­dicts its star power with a sur­pris­ingly unas­sum­ing ori­gin.

“When ev­ery­thing went down with my pre­vi­ous band, I had booked stu­dio time with Ross Robin­son,” Dave re­calls. “When I got to the stu­dio, Justin and Michael were there. Ross had called them to help out this singer/song­writer girl who was putting some music to­gether and he wanted us to give it a more ‘al­ter­na­tive’ feel.

“He’s a bit of a ge­nius. He has a way of get­ting the most out of mu­si­cians,” he adds of the famed pro­ducer.

“I had read th­ese funny things about him,” Justin chimes in, “like he made the guys from Korn cry and then he made Robert Smith throw his can­dles at him.”

Un­der the watch­ful eye of the con­tro­ver­sial Ross, the man be­hind Slip­knot and Korn’s trail­blaz­ing self-titled LPs, how­ever, the trio soon went into busi­ness for them­selves.

Af­ter a brief stint with orig­i­nal vo­cal­ist Gabe Ser­bian, Dead Cross was com­pleted by the one and only Mike Pat­ton, best known, of course, for his mus­cu­lar, melodic work with Faith No More. In­ter­est­ingly, it was Mike that seemed to show the most en­thu­si­asm to­wards this bud­ding new project.

“When We all

got in dis­cus­sions about the record, Pat­ton was re­ally psyched about it,” states Justin. “The re­ac­tion to it was great! It’s kind of a weird thing, though, be­cause – and this might just be me be­ing a weirdo artist – I al­ways think some­thing

could be bet­ter. Like, I thought this was a good record, but he was way into it, al­most too into it. With his vo­cals added onto it, it to­tally came to life. It be­came some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent to what I was ex­pect­ing.”

Helmed by the volatile Ross and driven by Mike Pat­ton’s un­fil­tered wails,

Dead Cross’s self-titled de­but al­bum landed ear­lier this month to solid ac­claim via Ipecac Records. Pro­vid­ing cease­less an­ar­chy through­out its brief, 29-minute run-time, Dead Cross has al­ready been com­pared to one of

Dave’s most hailed works, Slayer’s opus

Reign In Blood.

“It’s hard­core, it’s fast and that’s what the fans like,” the drum­mer says of the new record. “Hope­fully those fans will en­joy it: Sui­ci­dal Ten­den­cies, Mis­fits, Slayer, ev­ery band I’ve played in, as well as Pat­ton and JP. I think the com­bi­na­tion of mu­si­cians is good and peo­ple are go­ing to re­ally look for­ward to it.”

With their al­bum’s re­lease this month fol­lowed by a US tour just days there­after, Dead Cross will be fill­ing the lat­ter half of 2017 with a more-than-fair dose of im­mense, awe-in­duc­ing hard­core. Brace your­self.

“Pat­ton was into this too much!”


Dead Cross (left to right): Mike Pat­ton, Michael

Crain, Dave Lom­bardo, Justin Pear­son

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