DEAD CROSS, the new "punk" outfit featuring former SLAYER and PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo alongside members of THE LOCUST and RETOX, has parted ways with singer Gabe Serbian. A replacement frontman has already been found and is currently re-recording vocals on the group's debut album, to be released early next year via an as-yet-undisclosed record label.
During an appearance on the "Everything Went Black Podcast", DEAD CROSS bassist Justin Pearson stated about the band's formation: "It's been strange. We had shows booked and shit before we even had a song written, so it was a weird sort of scenario that we started. And we went in, like, headfirst and wrote a set and played a bunch of shows and then immediately went to record an album. And we were almost done, but our singer left the band — we have a new singer — so we're re-recording vocals."
Asked to divulge the identity of the new DEAD CROSS vocalist, Pearson said: "I'm not allowed to say yet. I wanna say. I've told people, but they're, like… He's kind of an established singer, and they need an official announcement or something… Let's just say it's, like, a good friend of all of ours, so it'll be rad once it happens. I mean, he's already recording and we have a label and stuff like that now."
DEAD CROSS's debut album is being helmed by producer Ross Robinson, who has previously worked with KORN, DEFTONES, SEPULTURA and LIMP BIZKIT, among others.
Fan-filmed video footage of DEAD CROSS's May 9 performance at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California as the support act for NAPALM DEATH and MELVINS can be seen below.
Lombardo recently told Madcap Music Review about the source of the searing anger and rage that is fueling the aggression of his new band. He said: "Ever since the tragedy in Paris [that took place last November]; that's why I'm fucking pissed. Because everything hit really close to home. I could have been on that stage [at the Bataclan venue in Paris where EAGLES OF DEATH METAL performed]. I could have been at a festival and some fucking son of a bitch comes in with a shotgun or whatever and starts [blowing] people's heads off. So I'm just… I'm angry. I'm over it, but, you know, with the new releasing some aggressive music, [we're able to] get all the feelings out, get all the shit that we wanna say out in this music. It's not gonna come out playing alternative music, it's not gonna come out playing soft. And my name and my drumming is synonymous with thrash and hardcore music, so I'm really excited about this."