Dead Cross
(Ipecac Recordings)

This manic metal/punk hybrid was constructed from the minds of ex-Slayer/current Misfits/Suicidal Tendencies drummer Dave Lombardo, and eventually Faith No More frontman Mike Patton (who signed on last year). If this alone is not enough to pique your interest, then you might as well just quit reading now.

On their self-titled debut, there’s plenty of blistering, pun-filled tracks with titles like “Seizure and Desist” and “Grave Slave,” not to mention a cover of the Bauhaus classic “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” If any of this sounds like something up your alley, then by all means, give it a listen. If not, you’re likely to tire quickly (the tracks do tend to blend together after awhile). One must also wonder if this “supergroup” of sorts will actually stick around, or be just another brief “blip” in time that goes as quickly as it came the way so many offshoot bands tend to; I suppose only time will tell.

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