The term supergroup is bandied about far too often, but it’s safe to say that the hardcore band Dead Cross is one.
Featuring former Slayer founder/drummer Dave Lombardo and Faith No More’s vocalist Mike Patton, as well as former Retox members Justin Pearson and Michael Crain, Dead Cross delivers a new sound built on equal parts experience and chaos.
“I perceive their musicianship as fearless,” Lombardo says about his bandmates. “They will do what they want, not play based on a particular genre. That is lost in music, especially in metal today. There is a lot of formula in music today. These guys are very creative and not afraid to take chances.”
That is reflected on the band’s self-titled album that was released on Friday, August 4, on Ipecac Recordings (Patton’s label) and Three One G Records (Pearson’s label). Dead Cross will hit the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Saturday, August 12.
“The whole album has a personality and a magic,” Lombardo explains. “It’s real and organic; not processed. There’s a magic from beginning to end and fans can enjoy the songs as an entire body of work, rather than just a collection of songs.”
The enigmatic Patton isn’t the first singer for Dead Cross. The band was formed in 2015 with vocalist Gabe Serbian, of The Locust, Head Wound City and Retox. Serbian left the band in 2016, and the remaining musicians re-recorded the vocals with Patton.
“Though Serbian was an original member of Dead Cross, he decided to move on when the rigors of touring were going to conflict with the birth of his daughter,” Lombardo explains.
“I had booked studio time with well-known metal producer Ross Robinson at the same time Pearson and Crain were in the studio recording with their new project. I put down some tracks for them and that’s when we noticed there was a chemistry.”
To fill the singer spot, Lombardo texted his longtime friend Patton.
“Mike Patton’s name came up while we were in the studio and, because I knew him, I sent him a text, asking him what he was doing,” Lombardo says. “When we talked, he asked if my new band wanted to release the record on his label, Ipecac Recordings.”
Lombardo quickly replied, “Only if you sing on it.”
This isn’t the first time Lombardo and Patton worked together. They shared the spotlight in a late 1990s in Fantomas.
“Mike Patton and I have an on-stage connection when we perform live,” he says. “It’s some kind of electrical energy. I’m looking forward to recapturing that energy in our new project.”
Lombardo is a busy man, who also drums for The Misfits and Suicidal Tendencies. For Dead Cross shows, Lombardo says that fans can expect controlled chaos.
“I expect that the fans will hear live exactly what they hear on the record—chaos—a brutal performance by all of us.”
Dead Cross, Marquee Theater, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 8 p.m. Saturday, August 12, $25-$55.