30 Years Ago: D.R.I. release Crossover (cross over the line of your stubborn, closed mind)

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30 Years Ago: D.R.I. release Crossover (cross over the line of your stubborn, closed mind)

D.R.I. released their third album on this day in 1987 through Metal Blade Records.

As you can hear in the video, bands like D.R.I. were known as metalcore (or thrashcore), a genre term which has come to mean something completely different. As people endlessly seek to classify music into smaller sub-genres, the title of this album has become a weird technical genre: crossover thrash. Punk 'crossing over' to thrash?

I would say it was both a conscious decision and a natural progression for us to cross over.
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Being picked up by Metal Blade Records exposed us to more metal bands like Trouble, Slayer, Hirax, etc… It was cool to see and hear metal bands crossing over to hardcore speed music and we were probably influenced by them as well.
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Lyrically I think Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper may have played a role in shaping my style, as well as hardcore bands like MDC and the Dead Kennedys.
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First they labeled us the fastest band in the world, then the “Kings of Crossover.” Someone even said we started grindcore, but to me we are just a band who is enjoying a hell of a ride!
- Kurt Brecht / D.R.I. interview, Antigravity Magazine, 2013