Innovative musical polymath Mike Patton has just announced that he has joined yet another new project, and this time he’s heading back into heavy territory. Dead Cross is a hardcore supergroup who will be releasing an album in 2017, via Patton’s own label Ipecac.
In the above post, he’s referring to the legendary Dave Lombardo, drummer of Slayer, Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies and previous Patton collaboration Fantomas, Justin Pearson of The Locust and Retox, and Michael Crain from Retox and Festival of Dead Deer. The group first formed last year with singer Gabe Serbian, whom Patton has now replaced.
This could be a really exciting new heavy project for Patton, who has been experimenting with different sounds and formats of late. Earlier this year came a new album with hip-hop-indie supergroup Nevermen alongside Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) and rapper Doesone. There was Bacteria Cult, his new album as collaborative orchestral project Kaada/Patton with Norwegian composer John Erik Kaada. He’s also soundtracked and voiced several characters in video games, featured on Mark Kozelek‘s latest album, and last year he of course released the first Faith No More album since 1997, Sol Invictus.
It looks like 2017 will be another big year for Patton, who also recently admitted that he’s neglected both Fantomas and Mondo Cane, and that both are on a list of projects to work on. So who knows, maybe we’ll be hearing more from these too.
Mike Patton will be visiting Australia in January to debut his project tetema live for the first time, at Mona Foma in Hobart. The project is a collaboration between Patton and Australian composer Anthony Pateras. More details can be found here.