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Mike Patton screaming over the string chaos generated by Michael Crain and Justin Pearson of Retox, while Dave Lombardo does his own inimitable thing behind the drum kit – are you fucking kidding? You’d be hard pressed to come up with a better fantasy superband than that even after a pint or twelve down the pub with your mates. Like many of the best things in the world, DEAD CROSS all happened somewhat by chance and in a weird upside down way…



“Before the band even had songs, we had shows booked,” Dave Lombardo says with a laugh, recalling how it all began. “What happened was, I had another band booked to go into the studio with Ross Robinson, and then that band backed out on the commitment. When I went to the studio to tell Ross that, he said there was no problem, and told me to come by the next day, because he had a project that I could work on. I got there the next day, and sitting there were Justin Pearson and Michael Crain. I liked the idea, and when I started working with them I told them about the shows I had booked with that other band that decided to not play anymore, and asked if they could help me fulfil those dates, and they agreed.” A few more plot twists ensued to bring the whole thing to its current form, namely original vocalist Gabe Serbian stepping down, which lead the way for Mr. Patton to step in. In unusual fashion, Patton wrote his lyrics and recorded his vocal parts separately from the band, but you’d never know by listening to the songs, which sound for all the world like the whole band was locked in a small cave shouting at each other.

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Every month when it comes to writing this editorial, I sit back and tot up how many new records I’ve listened to in the time we’ve worked on getting this bad boy to the printers, and then I contemplate just how many more we’ve got to sift through for the upcoming issues as well. I literally lose count every time and for that I’m thankful. Never does it stop being fun listening to music each and every day. For me, Terrorizer also gives an opportunity for some of those bands to talk about their creations and the stories behind them. These are aspects that to me are as equally as important as the music itself. The written word can then bring those stories to life and that, in essence, is the importance of magazines and why they are still relevant in a social media driven world. Life isn’t just a soundbite or a meme and neither is music, so being able to share the stories behind Myrkur’s stunning new album or the dark, personal journey behind Akercocke’s brilliant ‘comeback’ album is vital. I hope you enjoy reading the features as much as I did when they landed in my inbox. Alongside those two pieces, as always there’s a fuck load of awesome bands featured and the odd controversial review to boot. It’s been a blast to create the issue and we’re already hard at work at the new one so we’ll see you very soon! Stay tuned. Darren Sadler