Mike Patton has a very special habit of projectile vomiting new material almost every year with either a new band of his, or through an older project. Now, returning with ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo once again, the two recruit Retox members Justin Pearson (The Locust) and Michael Crain for this huge doozy of a record. Together, they’re united as one of the most schizophrenic groups of the year – Dead Cross, who will be releasing their exhilarating debut studio LP at the beginning of August.
Probably the greatest thing about this new supergroup is the fact that all four members have a great load of experience in hardcore punk and a bit of noise that’s been inoculated into Dead Cross’s system. While it’s an extremely disconcerting piece from start to finish, Patton and the boys unleash a whole new world of quality in the shape of noise, thrash, punk and powerviolence all together.
To be honest, there’s no particular standout track throughout the entire run of this LP. Pretty much, any track is welcoming in its own disturbing and abrasive way. Opener Seizure and Desist will sit you down in a deranged and distressed manner, and from there, the whole album forces itself right down your throat.
You can hear Patton using a number of different vocal styles that help give this album an extra flair. In Idiopathic, he starts with scratchy baritone yelling before ascending to some falsetto screaming, with the mixing production taking effect to make his presence feel extra threatening. Grave Slave showcases more of Patton’s vocal techniques in very unexpectedly diverse ways that almost link up to his Mr Bungle days.