Reign in Blood an enduring metal classic. That’s not to say this is a two-man show, as guitarist Mike Crain and bassist Justin Pearson (both from Retox) expertly craft short but powerful songwriting bursts that serve as the backbone for the quartet’s hardcore explosiveness.
This hardcore punk project featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Fantomas) and members of San Diego art-punkers Retox hit a roadblock after initial vocalist Gabe Serbian quit music last year to focus on his family. The project was revitalized after Mike Patton (Faith No More) stepped in on vocal duties. The band’s self-titled debut is a 28-minute burst of pure punk force, and is easily the most vitriolic material that either Lombardo or Patton has been involved with in many years. Patton’s snarls harken back to angrier tracks from Faith No More’s mid-’90s heyday, and Lombardo pounds his drums with the ferocity that helped make Slayer’s