For fans of hardcore punk and thrash metal, Dead Cross is a veritable super group.
The pile-driving band teams Faith No More singer Mike Patton and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo with two San Diegans - former The Locust bassist Justin Pearson and guitarist Michael Crain, best known for their work together here in the band Retox.
On their self-titled debut album, Dead Cross expertly delivers its high-octane, breakneck-paced songs with a sly wink and cartoonish lyrical imagery.
Witness such tongue-in-cheek couplets as: "I'm just a moron chasing pigeons in the park"; "dance like hookers hooking"; and "a vegan dog, your missing pets are on my plate."
Dead Cross, with Secret Chiefs 3: 8 p.m. Saturday. Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $25. (619) 239-8836 or observatorysd.com