Faith No More frontman Mike Patton and former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo have joined forces before; both of them are in the mutated film-music tribute band Fantômas. And now they’ve got a new band: A brutalist hardcore supergroup called Dead Cross, which also features former members of Retox and the Locust.
This summer, they’ll put out their self-titled debut album, which rockets by in less than half an hour and which features a cover of Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” They recorded it with Ross Robinson, the producer who worked with just about every late-’90s nü metal band but who also recorded post-hardcore landmarks like At The Drive-In’s Relationship Of Command and Blood Brothers’ Burn, Piano Island, Burn.
If first single “Grave Slave” is any indication, they are not fucking around at all. It’s a quick crushing blow of a song, burning through all sorts of turbulent aggression in less than two minutes. Check it out below, via Rolling Stone.
Dead Cross’ self-titled debut is out 8/4 on Patton’s Ipecac label.