DEAD CROSS, the Southern California outfit featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, MISFITS), and singer Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE), will release its debut album in late summer via Ipecac Recordings. The effort was helmed by producer Ross Robinson, who has previously worked with KORN, DEFTONES, SEPULTURA and LIMP BIZKIT, among others, and was mastered at Golden Mastering in Ventura, California.
Asked what it has been like working with Patton on the DEAD CROSS album, Lombardo told "Whiplash", the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie (hear audio below): "Well, we haven't really worked together except through e-mails. [Laughs] What we did was… We had all the music recorded... We recorded it early last year, and then, of course, the opportunity came up to look for a new singer. So, we really didn't have to work together. We just sent Patton the music and he recorded [all the vocals] himself. But there was a lot of e-mails going back and forth between us — a lot of communication."
Regarding whether DEAD CROSS will do any touring following the album's release, Lombardo said: "Yes. I am very excited. I didn't know that that was gonna happen. We didn't know if we were gonna do any touring, if it was just an album that we put out, but, no, Mike is into it; he's really excited."
DEAD CROSS, which is rounded out by Justin Pearson (THE LOCUST, RETOX, HEAD WOUND CITY) and Michael Crain (RETOX, FESTIVAL OF DEAD DEER), last year parted ways with singer Gabe Serbian.
Asked how Patton's addition to DEAD CROSS has changed the band's sound, Pearson told the Faith No More Followers web site: "It's hard to explain. The band is still finding its own skin to fit into. No matter whom you bring into a band, the sound becomes who all are part of it. Let's revisit this question after the album comes out, after we play shows with the new lineup, and after we can reflect on things."
Pearson also talked about DEAD CROSS's collaboration with Robinson. He said: "Ross is one of the most amazing people I've worked with. I'm so grateful for his involvement with the things I have been able to do with him. He has certainly helped me grow and opened my eyes and mind to so many things, musical and non-musical. And the non-musical aspects are as important as the musical, if not more. However, he didn't track Patton's vocals. The music was tracked and produced with Ross when we were working with Gabe. Once Gabe left the band, there was a shift and since then, Patton has tracked the vocals on his own."
"Whiplash" airs every Sunday night from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS. The show can be heard on the KLOS web site at 955klos.com or you can listen in on the KLOS channel on iHeartRadio.