Dead Cross, the SoCal band featuring Michael Crain, Dave Lombardo, Mike Patton and Justin Pearson, share a second single from their forthcoming album II(Oct. 28, Ipecac Recordings) with the release of “Heart Reformer” and its accompanying video.
“’Heart Reformer’ was as much fun to write as it is to listen to,” says Crain of the song. “It’s a classic Dead Cross song. It’s a pit stirrer and a fist pumper!”
The short-film like clip, which takes the track’s title literally, was directed and edited by Dark Details (a.k.a. Chris J. Cunningham).
The band broke the news of II’s impending arrival with the release of “Reign of Error.” The one-minute and forty-five second wake-up call of a song is matched with a Displaced/Replaced-crafted clip that offers a scathing critique of the U.S. Supreme Court.
II, 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,” adds 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.”
Album pre-orders are available now, with II available on several limited-edition physical formats:
Counterfeit Gold vinyl
Indie retail exclusive Glass Coffin vinyl
Ipecac webstore exclusive Pee Tape vinyl (limited to 500)
Three One G webstore exclusive Ash Wednesday vinyl (limited to 500)
Revolver exclusive Upper Crust vinyl (limited to 300)
Black cassette (limited to 400)
Gold cassette (limited to 100)
Dead Cross released their self-titled debut album in 2017. Alternative Press deemed the 10-song collection “viciously contagious,” The Quietus said the record is “completely gleeful,” The Needledrop deemed it “one of a kind,” The Guardian says, “an album that sounds as if it was a blast to make and one that’s immensely enjoyable to listen to” and Rolling Stone said Dead Cross is chock full of “charging, head-spinning ragers.” A surprise, also self-titled, EP followed in 2018, with a standalone single, a cover of Black Flag’s “Rise Above,” released during the Summer of 2020.