Dead Cross @ The Observatory – 08/10/2017 -

Dead Cross @ The Observatory – 08/10/2017


Dead Cross @ The Observatory – 08/10/2017Faith No More’s Mike Patton and Suicidal Tendencies (and former Slayer) drummer Dave Lombardo are no strangers to working with one another as they played together in Fantomas back in the early 2000’s and have teamed up again in 2017 in the hardcore punk infused metal band Dead Cross. Guitarist Michael Crain and bass player Justin Pearson complete this brutally raw “supergroup” who released their self-titled debut album August 4 on Patton’s Ipecac Recordings. The band kicked off their five week North American Tour with their first ever live performance on Thursday night August 10 at The Observatory in Santa Ana.

The band played the entire album in sequence plus a new never before heard song that had the capacity crowd in a frenzy for the duration of the show. Mike Patton’s operatic and spastic vocals overlay the similarly fast and brutal musical attack which makes these already awesome songs that much better in a live setting.

Hidden behind his massive Tama drum-kit, Dave Lombardo can barely be seen but can certainly be heard. A hard hitting drummer, Lombardo’s presence can always be heard in a song and on these particular Dead Cross songs on this night, his sound was massive as he pounded out each track. Although Lombardo and Patton are the two “stars” in this band that takes nothing away from the talent of Justin Pearson on bass and Michael Crain on guitar as these two rounded out the band perfectly both adding to the brutality of the live setting.

It’s unclear as to what the future holds for Dead Cross after this run of live dates as both Lombardo and Patton are two very busy musicians with other bands but we can only hope more music and more touring are on the agenda. Fans attending this show definitely witnessed something special as regardless if Dead Cross is labeled a “supergroup” or a side project they are a killer band with four incredible musicians.

The Hardcore Hip-Hop trio Ho99o9 played prior to Dead Cross and delivered their own flavor of controlled chaos and did a fine job in direct support and loosening up the crowd prior to Dead Cross. Comedian Neil Hamburger opened the show with a brief comedy set that had those in attendance rolling with laughter.

Dead Cross Setlist:

Seizure and Desist | Idiopathic | Obedience School | Shillelagh | Unknown New Song | Bela Lugosi’s Dead | Divine Filth | Grave Slave | The Future Has Been Cancelled | My Perfect Prisoner | Gag Reflex | Church of the Motherfuckers

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