ANOTHER supergroup fronted by Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantomas) with Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies), Justin Pearson (The Locust, Head Wound City) and Michael Crain (Retox). Enough name dropping. Think Fantomas but with Justin Pearson… wait.. It is furious and completely batshit… but with less crazy electronics, more riffs, and Lombardo’s double pedal given it’s full use.
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Squeaky and snarly tech boy Mike Patton isn’t allowed to just have bands anymore. He has to be super-grouping at all times, which means he’s now formed a band with a heavy hall of fame: Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Misfits, Justin Pearson outta the Locust and Michael Crain from Retox. As Dead Cross they actually create an original mass of switching and swapping, their over-prepared songs veering between hardcore, noise rock and metal with a hearty dose of humour.
“Idiopathic” stretches out its parts but deviates between them, creating a weird slab of punk disorientation. The blast-beats that push us through “Obedience School” are matched with the kinda corny guitar riffs and mini-solos you might expect from someone who was in the Misfits, along with with modern hardcore vocalisations and heavy metal backing vocals that couldn’t possibly get along at a party. The lyrics prove that this album is largely a highly disciplined joke to this band, with lines like “Dance like nobody’s looking / like your mom ain’t busy cooking” sound pretty charming and ones like “Like a hooker isn’t hooking” a lot less so.
Idiot metal boys they are, though, and their record at least sounds as stupid as it is. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is a real played out metal epic, with low brooding vox giving off that twilit medieval saga vibe as marching drums and oscillating guitars make you think about death, and stuff. It's well-made, genre-mashing nonsense, for the most part, like proof that they can play and never grew up -- the techy hack 'n' slash of "Divine Faith" is a welcome reminder that Patton is good fast but also stupid as hell.
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