Dead Cross, the four-headed Hydra featuring Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Justin Pearson, and Michael Crain, return with the abrasive 9-song album, II, on Oct. 28 via Ipecac Recordings.
The album, while both a raucous hardcore collection and at times, a politically-charged opus, has its roots in friendship, with the band rallying together after Crain received a surprise cancer diagnosis.
“Words can’t even begin to describe how much this album means to me. It’s birthed of pain and uncertainty,” explains Crain. “The slow, excruciatingly painful, and nauseating recovery from cancer treatments were the catalyst for every riff and note on this album. However, my will to live and be with my brothers Justin, Dave, Mike, and co-producer Ross Robinson, got me out of bed and running into the studio every day to get it all on tape.” The news of II’s impending arrival is accompanied by the release of “Reign of Error,” and its Displaced/Replaced-created video.