GIG REVIEW: DEAD CROSS Live at the Marquee Theater, Tempe, Arizona
One of the most interesting spectacles I have seen quite some time came to Tempe, Arizona at the Marquee Theater on August 12. This was the first time anyone here in this state was able to witness the new creation of a band called Dead Cross. Fronted the infamous Mike Patton (Faith no More) and backed up by the monstrous Dave Lambardo (Slayer) the combination of these two guys was something to see. Dead Cross was accompanied by the band Silent & the one-man industrial project known as Author & Punisher.
Besides name dropping, this was a show to see because of all the interesting and abstract elements each band brought. This drew an interesting crowd, some curious to see what Dead Cross was all about and other who already have been following the band since the beginning.
Silent opened up the show and set the mood. Their music just like their style a bit difficult to pin point but could be seen as a dark punk mix. Their performance was fairly energetic and interesting to see. Many times did their front man & bassist jump down into the crowd show casing their no care punk attitude trying to create an intimate performance considering how far the stage was from the audience. Over all the venue was filled with a very pleased crowd and it was a good start to the night.
Second, we had Author & Punisher. Just like everyone there when I saw his set up and interesting mix of what looked like a synth saw I was very intrigued on how and what he was going to play. For those industrial fans at the show they could appreciate the electronic noise he was creating. It was an interesting dark maniacal performance that caught everyone’s attention.
Finally the moment of chaos we were all ready for. Dead Cross hit the stage. Their performance of their debut album was great. Dave Lambardo’s drum set was nice & crisp and watching him play was amazing. Mike Patton’s vocals were very crazy and all over the place. Their music itself is very abstract and in your face it was very interesting getting to witness the performance live. The guys even played a new song they have been working on and the material seemed promising. All the fans were screaming and cheering as the whole band played. It was a good first performance for the guys in this desert state.
Over all it was a very a great line up and show that everyone enjoyed. Arizona will be looking forward to more future Dead Cross shows.