D.R.I. – “CROSSOVER” ALBUM FROM 1987 REVISITED! “MILLENNIUM EDITION” RELEASES MAY 25, 2010!


D.R.I. – (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) released Crossover back in 1987 on Metal Blade Records. To describe D.R.I. for those unfamiliar with them, they are an Old School Punk and Metal crossover Band that combined Thrash, Traditional Metal and thick Hardcore flavor with a Punk attitude to their overall sound. D.R.I. gets described as Crossover Thrash over the years too, which is just fine and Metal dandy with me. I can’t get too carried away here with the genre tags, just take my Metal word for it… D.R.I. is a Metal Band worth listening to. D.R.I. may not be the household name from the 1980’s, only they are as legit, credibly heavy and blue collar as any Metal or Extreme band that has walked upon planet Earth.

The Crossover album has always been a great listen for me, past and present. The extremities of Metal and Hardcore just seem to boil over on Crossover. Each time I listen to this D.R.I. album, I realize how closely linked Punk Rock and Metal really are, I get that same feeling each time I listen to the legendary Misfits as well. D.R.I. was not looking for any commercial hugs from the mainstream with their brand of Metal meets Hardcore, this band just blazed away with uncompromising attitude and astute, extreme musicianship.

D.R.I. has toured on and off, rather consistently for years, even into 2010, despite their last studio album Full Speed Ahead being released back in 1995. This is a band that would make my Metal day with a new studio album release… then again, their back catalog and especially Crossover, is a Metal and Extreme bounty that has and always will stand the test of time for me.

As I sunk my Metal ears into Crossover this past weekend, I found out once again, just how addicting D.R.I. really can be. After my third listen through to Crossover today, it felt like I opened up a can of Old School Extreme whoop ass, which slapped me in the face… and it set me straight.

** Crossover: Millennium Edition will be released on May 25, 2010, on Beer City Records!!

* Just a sample of where this CD is available for pre-order: You can pre-order Crossover: Millennium Edition on amazon.com and Best Buy.com. Amazon.com is selling it for $15.98 versus Best Buy.com’s price of $13.99… prices don’t include shipping.

* Check out all you need to know about D.R.I. by clicking on the two links below:

D.R.I. – myspace music page

D.R.I. Official Website

D.R.I. as they appeared on Crossover:

Kurt Brecht – vocals

Spike Cassidy – guitars

Josh Pappe – bass

Felix Griffin – drums

Track Listing For Crossover:

One:

Five Year Plan

Tear It Down

A Coffin

Probation

I.D.K.Y.

Decisions

Two:

Hooked

Go Die

Redline

No Religion

Fun & Games

Oblivion

* The word “dandy” was used on Metal Odyssey, in the first paragraph of this D.R.I. post.

Stone.

6 Responses to “D.R.I. – “CROSSOVER” ALBUM FROM 1987 REVISITED! “MILLENNIUM EDITION” RELEASES MAY 25, 2010!”

  1. Good one.

    I did not like a lot of “hardcore” or cross over stuff back then but course when it’s so close to Thrash Metal then I am down. and DRI rocked it…

    You have to get this (if you haven’t already seen it):

    http://www.amazon.com/D-R-I-Live-at-Ritz/dp/B00005B2Z5

    I have it on VHS somewhere!

    My fav. band that got lumped into that genre is: the Crumbsuckers – “Beast on My Back” – killer album…

    Honorable mentions:

    Life of Agony, Suicidal T., Cro-Mags, C.O.C., Nuclear Assault, MDC, Agnostic Front.

    But the KING of ALL has got to be S.O.D. in my book!

    Kinger

  2. Too many people put out this album primarily for title. DRI’s best album was without a doubt the previous effort “Dealing with it” which is a far better album. “Crossover” is average and very watered down.

  3. I see Felix Griffin all the time around town. I’ve got a cool photo with him and Katon from Hirax.

    http://themetalfiles.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/hirax-austin-tx-082909/

  4. You can order ‘Crossover’ directly from us not only on CD , but vinyl to!

    http://store.beercity.com/mm5/merchant.mvc

  5. Jim Burns Says:

    i love all heavy, in your face/ass shit…slayer, anthrax, mdc, sod, CRICIFUCX, AND OF COURSE…DRI…..I LOVE ALL THEIR ALBUMS AND ANY ONE IS A GOOD CHOICE TO GET STARTED…ALTHOUGH MY PERSONAL FAVS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DEALING WITH IT, 4 OF A KIND, & THRASH ZONE….AKA…CHECK OUT THE SONG “THRASHARD”….CROSSOVER ALLSO KICKS MY METAL ASS…..DRI!!!!!!!!

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