NEWS: Dead Cross Release A Surprise New EP And Music Video

From out of nowhere, (sorry, bad joke) Californian hardcore beasts Dead Cross have surprised us with two brand new songs and a brand new music video.

The band’s self-titled debut album exploded to life last year, along with critical acclaim and a ruckus of tour dates which were occasionally accompanied with arrests and injuries. This new and also self-titled EP features two brand new songs, “Skin of a Redneck” and “My Perfect Prisoner”. The songs continue the same macabre anarchic heaviness of its predecessor, but with a bit of a change in tempo. “Skin of a Redneck”, in particular, is a slower kind of hardcore than the majority of Dead Cross‘ previous work, with some nicely distinct guitar tricks, fun electronic noises and a typically varied vocal display from Mike Patton.

Second track “My Prisoner” also shows off some new skills from the band, with some decidedly filthy guitar tones, deafening drum work and what I suspect to be some highly politicized lyrics. Enjoy the music video in its full gory glory. PS: Not for the squeamish.

But the fun doesn’t end there. The EP also contains two brand new remixes of songs from the previous album. Personally, I’m not usually a remix fan, and I’d go as far as to say they are often a cop out for EP releases. But I’ll make an exception in this case. These tracks are actually damn cool. Panicker‘s rejig of “Shillelagh” is a hard industrial pile-driver, with some cool filters over Patton’s voice and an early 90s Nine Inch Nails vibe that really gets the head banging. All of the above is also applicable to the Planet B remix of “Church of the Motherfuckers”, though I’d say it’s a little less industrial and a little more hip hop.

For my money, this EP addresses anybody’s concern that the Dead Cross project was a one trick pony. It shows that this is one hardcore project avant-garde enough to break its own rules, and that its overall musical identity is yet to be cemented. Perhaps it’s a rude request to make of a band who were kind enough to give us some new music out of the blue, but please give us some more!

The Dead Cross EP is available to hear on the band’s Spotify and Bandcamp page. For news and merch, check out their Official Facebook page, and for other Ipecac releases, visit the Ipecac Recordings website.

Dead Cross are also currently embarking on a Europe/ UK/ Russia 2018 with support from ZEUS and dälek.
Dates are as follows:
May 02 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
May 04 Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Mexico City, Mexico
May 30 Parc del Fòrum Barcelona, Spain
Jun 01 Paloma Nîmes, France
Jun 05 Estragon Club Bologna, Italy
Jun 06 Alcatraz Milan, Italy
Jun 07 Greenfield Festival Interlaken, Switzerland
Jun 08 Donington Park Castle Donington, UK
Jun 12 Rockhal Club Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg
Jun 13 Werk, Backstage Munich, Germany
Jun 15 Ba217 Bretigny Sur Orge, France
Jun 16 Gloria Theater Cologne, Germany
Jun 19 Les Docks Lausanne, Switzerland
Jun 20 Les Abattoirs Cognac, France
Jun 21 Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
Jun 22 Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Jun 22 Hellfest Clisson, France
Jun 26 Effenaar Eindhoven, Netherlands
Jun 27 Markthalle Hamburg, Germany
Jun 29 Tuska Metal Helsinki, Finland
Jul 03 SO36 Berlin, Germany
Jul 04 Open’er Festival Gdynia, Poland
Jul 06 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark
Jul 06 Eurokeenes Festival Belfort, France
Jul 10 Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jul 11 Plaine de la Machine à Feu Dour, Belgium
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