Who They Are: Dead Cross began life in 2015 as an emergency stopgap, a way for ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo to fulfill some standing tour obligations after his former band Philm went belly-up. But this grindcore-meets-hardcore collaboration with Locust members Gabe Serbian – who bashed the kit in that band but handles raw-throated mic duties here – and Justin Pearson, and Retox's Michael Crain has emerged as a road-hungry full-time concern. "With this band, I play harder, I play faster, and I play with the fury that this music demands," the legendary drummer told Rolling Stone.
Why They're Great: Dead Cross manage to pull off a nearly impossible feat: combining the virtuosity of underground veterans with the feral energy of a young band on the come-up.
Signature Anthem: The band's lone officially released track to date, "We'll Sleep When You're Dead," serves as a seething statement of purpose.
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