DEAD CROSS, the Southern California outfit featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, MISFITS) and singer Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE), will bring its frenetic blitz of thrashing hardcore fury to stages across Europe this summer. They will appear at major festivals, including Primavera Sound (Spain), Hellfest (France), Download (U.K. and France), Grasspop Metal Meeting (Belgium), Dour (Belgium) and Tuska (Finland), as well as headline club shows across the mainland, and a show in Moscow, Russia.
DEAD CROSS also includes guitarist Michael Crain (RETOX, FESTIVAL OF DEAD DEER) and bassist Justin Pearson.
Lombardo remarks: "Since DEAD CROSS made its rattling debut, touring Europe has been a goal. We have had incredible support from the European fans and I can't wait for them to experience this band live. We intend on leaving the fans musically beaten and sonically battered."
Meanwhile, as if to continue the strong socio-political commentary that permeates DEAD CROSS's debut album, Pearson adds: "It will be a literal breath of fresh air to leave the U.S. for a chunk of time in light of the political rhetoric that we are currently experiencing. Perhaps by the time we return, we can see the complete demise of #45."
June 02 - Primavera Sound - Barcelona, Spain
June 03 - This Is Not A Love Song - Nimes, France
June 05 - Estragon Club - Bologna, Italy
June 06 - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
June 07 - Greenfield - Interlaken, Switzerland
June 10 - Download Festival - Donington, UK
June 12 - Rockhal - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
June 13 - Backstage Werk - Munich, Germany
June 14 - Novarock Festival - Nickelsdorf, Austria
June 16 - Gloria Theatre - Cologne, Germany
June 17 - Download Paris - Paris, France
June 19 - Les Docks - Lausanne, Switzerland
June 20 - Westrock - Cognac, France
June 23 - Hellfest - Clisson, France
June 24 - Grasspop - Dessel, Belgium
June 26 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Netherlands
June 27 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
June 29 - Tuska Metal - Helsinki, Finland
July 01 - Glav Club - Moscow, Russia
July 03 - SO36 - Berlin, Germany
July 10 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 12 - Dour Festival - Dour, Belgium
The self-titled debut album from DEAD CROSS was released in August 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.
Patton told Rolling Stone that he got involved with DEAD CROSS after reaching out to Lombardo to see if he could release the band's album on Ipecac. After getting a text from the drummer asking him to join the group, "my jaw dropped," the singer said. "I was like, 'Who, me? Hmm …' And I think it took like all of 30 seconds, but in a sarcastic way, I'm like, 'Yeah, of course. I can do this. Are you sure you want me?' So I kind of second-guessed him a little bit. And he said, 'Man, you'd be our dream vocalist.' And then it was just a matter of logistics. I decided to record it here in my basement, which is fitting. It shouldn't sound too polished."
Regarding DEAD CROSS's musical direction, Patton said: "To me, it is a traditional hardcore record. It is very pointed, direct and visceral. Like, I wasn't going to play keyboards, add samples or any kind of orchestration. It was like, 'Yo, just go for it.' In some ways, it reminded me of stuff that we had collectively all grown up with and loved when we were like teenagers — bands like the ACCÜSED, DEEP WOUND or SIEGE, stuff that was just brutal, uncompromising and right to the point. I was listening to all those bands again before this came to be, so it was already back infused in my blood. And now I got a chance to do a pencil-in-your-eye record."