Monday, August 6, 2007
When was the last time you heard a band described as crossover? 1989? There was an era in the mid-1980s where a bunch of punk bands started playing a lot more metal and the genre got quickly labeled as crossover, mainly because D.R.I. (pictured above in 1986) released an album called "Crossover" in 1987 with a more metal sound and their skankin' guy logo made out of metal on the cover. Probably today it would just be called hardcore or thrash, but crossover was the blend of punk and metal that became prominent in the mid-'80s. Other prominent crossover bands included Suicidal Tendencies, The Cro-Mags, Corrosion of Conformity, S.O.D., The Accused (from Seattle), Nuclear Assault, Ludichrist, Attitude Adjustment, Cryptic Slaughter, Verbal Abuse... oh and Portland's Wehrmacht.