Willie Cross

The sparse, crackling desert of Tucson, Arizona raised me and fostered an interest in a broad range of music genres. The first concert I ever attended was Allison Krauss with my parents. My mother is a devout fan of country music, a classic cowgirl born in North Dakota. My dad was dismissive of music, but it was his former passion for the likes of The Band and Neil Young that would bring me to appreciate the roots of the music I listen to now.

I would make the trek to downtown Tucson to see as many shows at The Rock and Skrappy’s as possible. Hardcore shows, metal or indie- it made hardly any difference to me. I had to escape the confinement of my family’s remote residence, and music gave me a great excuse to find a way out.

I wrote a paper sometime later in college about the origins of metal. At the time I had never looked that far into it, but the research I did on metal was eye opening. I was already a huge fan of Led Zeppelin, but it was listening to Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath (1970) so late in the game that threw the floodgates open. I started digging into doom, drone and black metal with a fervor unmatched up to that point in my life.

I am still evidence of the subjectivity of music. Though black metal remains my strongest passion and point of interest, I listen to it in equal parts with everything from hip-hop to electronic to post-rock. As Miles Davis said, “It’s music and I like it.” Though some may disagree with the existence of music criticism, writing reviews with an eye for exposure is an incredibly important component of bringing independent music to the light. I am very excited to be part of the Echoes and Dust family, and have already come across some amazing music through the site.

I am now based in Flagstaff, AZ and also write for a local publication called FlagLive. Though music remains my main interest, I am also fostering a potential career in food writing. I also travel, play in a band called Black Lanterns and enjoy a glass of straight Bulleit Rye Whiskey, no ice.

Party on, Wayne.






Articles by Willie Cross

Interview: Raato of Graveborne

Willie Cross asked singer Raato of Finnish black metal band Graveborne some questions to find out more about the band and the new album.

Avichi – Catharsis Absolute

It takes an album like Avichi’s Catharsis Absolute to allow USBM’s devotees to once again see what it is to progress, yet remain true to the roots of the admittedly foreign genre of black metal. – By Willie Cross

Graveborne – Through the Window of the Night

Through the Window of the Night is a violent, uncompromising stream of dark, grisly music that grips the listener and does not let up for a single moment. – By Willie Cross

Twilight in Versailles – Capsule

If humans had the capacity and means to visit other galaxies or solar systems, Capsule would likely be the soundtrack to these journeys. By Willie Cross

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