I'm absolutely stoked that you have found me! :)
There is lots of stuff cooking! Tainted Nation's tour dates announced, my new Production Company CRP is now active, Drum Tuition, new recordings and live shows etc etc.

Enjoy browsing my site and I'll see you on the road soon!

Stay Crossed!

Mark Cross.



February 6, 2016

Tainted Nation is proud to give you "Fight"! The brand new video of the first song released from the upcoming album "On The Outside". The new album will be available in stores February 26, 2016.



February 3, 2016


It's been a while since we last updated the MC news, but al lot of good things have happened and there was just little time to invest for updates. Apologies! :)

TAINTED NATION will release their second album "On the Outside" via Pride & Joy/Edel in Europe. The band just posted their first lyric video clip of the song "Fight" A tour hasn´t been planned yet, but a few dates are in progress.


January 6, 2016

Ok you Heavy Metal and Thrash Metal maniacs ! It´s time to get nasty, I couldn´t resist and had to agree to play two shows in one night!! Prepare yourselves for a God's Army show and two with Frank Blackfire, ex Guitar player of Sodom & Kreator on:

05.02.16 "PANIC ROOMS" Viehofer Platz 2, 45127 Essen, DE (opener GOD´s ARMY") doors: 18:30

13.02.16 "MUSE HALL" True Thrash Metal Fest, Osaka JP

14.02.16 " JP

Frank has just recently released his new solo album "Back on Fire" on November 20th. Check it out on Nihilistic Empire .... http://www.nihilisticempire.com/startseite_main_.html

More shows, details and news to follow soon.... Prepare yourselves for madness!!


April 25


It's been a while since we last updated the MC news, but al lot of good things have happened and there was just little time to invest for updates. Apologies! :)

TAINTED NATION will be getting back on the road for 3 UK dates in May with Eden's Curse!

UK DATES May 2014
22/05/14 - Slade Rooms - Wolverhampton - England
24/05/14 - Static - Swansea - Wales
25/05/14 - The Underwold - London


Mark joins the SCORPIONS for a show in Bahrain at the BIC Gulf Formula1 Grand Prix 2014.

Mark stated on his Facebook page:
"I know it's been quite a surprise for many to see me play with the Scorps and so it was for me! I'm truly honoured. It's been a wonderful experienece
Here are a few highlights from Bahrain, the gig, the Formula 1 race, it was simply amazing!!!
1000 thousand thanks to the Scorpions, their team and everyone in Bahrain .....big respect! Thank you all for your hospitality! See you all soon somewhere on the road ....."


December 24



December 14


UK rock outfit Tainted Nation are pleased and proud to announce the release of their video clip 'Dare you', exclusively with Classic Rock Magazine. This is the second release from their debut album 'F.E.A.R.' released on Massacre Records. The video can be viewed below:

|Dare You" has been directed by Ryan Priddey of Independent Element



November 28

METALWORKS - London's hottest Sunday "Rock nights" in Camden

A best of Rock selection with Matt Pearce (Voodoo Six), Luka Twitch Ravais (Mick Underwood band), Mark Cross (Tainted Nation) and Davey Rimmer (Uriah Heep)

December 1st, 2013
December 15th, 2013
December 29th, 2013
January 1st, 2014

Showtime: 8:30pm

November 24


HARDLINE live on October 19

HARDLINE _ Live at Firefest 2013 - Life's a bitch & Hands of time

HARDLINE _ Live at Firefest 2013 - Hot Cherie (feat. JSS)

HARDLINE _ Live at Firefest 2013 - Takin' me down

HARDLINE _ Live at Firefest 2013 - Voices

HARDLINE _ Live at Firefest 2013 - Fever dreams  


November 11, 2013

MC Live Interview coming up on Botox Radio!! Tune in .....

Tuesday, November 12 live on Botox Radio, Athens, Greece at 6-8pm UK time, 7-9pm CET and 8-9pm GR time, an evening with Mark Cross talking about everything that's cooking at the moment…..

Join us on http://www.botoxradio.com/index.php/site/show/RESERVE


October 12, 2013

Thank you Spain!

We had an awesome time and will be back soon.
A massive "Thank You" goes out to our Crew Peter Timmins, our drum tech and Merchandiser and Pete Davies our FOH Engineer. Axel at our Management "Rock'n Growl" and all the Promoters in Spain and to our Endorsement Comnpanies for all supplies! Mitch at Tama Japan, Marco at Evans and Joe Testa at Vic Firth!

And last we wish to say that it has been an absolute pleasure working with "Last Chance to say Goodbye", our support band from Switzerland!
You guys were awesome, best company and great fun!

See you all soon again!

Thank you,
Tainted Nation


October 6, 2013


Mark will drum for American AOR kings HARDLINE, who will headline this year’s FIREFEST in Nottingham at the Rock City on October 19.
Mark commented: “I’m honoured to play songs such as Life’s a bitch, Rhythm from a red car and Hot Cherie amongst other great tunes the band has recorded over the years and share the stage with the great voice of Johnny Gioeli. I remember listening to their breath taking first record "Eclipse" in the 90’s. Hardline's exceptional performance has been most inspiring. On Oct 19 I will replace my friend Mike Terrana’s position for one show in Hardline. See you all there!"  

Read more: http://www.hardlinerocks.com
Video clip: Hot Cherie

Mark kicked off the tour with TAINTED NATION in Spain on October 3 in Monzon and will head back to the UK with more shows mid October.

Read more at:


September 20, 2013

Another spectacular Rock Night in London, Camden at "THE MONARCH" with legends METALWORX on Sunday, September 29 and October 20 and 27.
This great line up features Matt Pearce on guitar (Voodoo Six), Mark Cross on Drums (Tainted Nation), Ben Christo on Guitar (Sisters of Mercy), Richie Faulkner on Guitar (Judas Priest), Davey Rimmer on Bass (Uriah Heep), Luka Ravais on Vocals and more!

Don't miss it, it really is one of London's great Sunday night Rock shows


September 1, 2013

Read a new interview with Mark Cross on UK's Drummer site mikedolbear.com. Please leave your comments!!



July, 2013

TAINTED NATION "F.E.A.R. over Spain" Tour announced and three new UK shows added!!

BLACK MOON CREEP and ROCK N GROWL BOOKING have forged their first collaborative tour together. It is for UK’s modern hard rockers TAINTED NATION who will play 7 shows in October this year in Spain. Support bands have to be announced to a later point.

NEW UK SHOWS - September 2013

14.09.13 "RHONDDA HOTEL" Porth, Glamorgan UK
20.09.13 "THE PATRIOT" Crumlin UK
22.09.13 "UNDERWORLD" London, Camdn (with Pretty Maids)
31.10.13 "MARR's BAR" Worcester, UK


03.10.13 "SALA SERJOS" Monzon, ES
04.10.13 "SALA BNB" Burgos, ES
05.10.13 "SALA BERLIN" Ourense, ES
08.10.13 "PUB D'LEYEND" Castellón, ES
09.10.13 "SALA NOVELTY" Valencia, ES
10.10.13 "SCALBUR METAL" Madrid, ES
11.10.13 "SALA UTOPIA" Zaragoza, ES
12.10.13 "SALA TUNK" Irun, ES



June 15, 2013

Tainted Nation will shoot their second Video on Wednesday, June 19 in the UK. As a special aftermath, TN will perform a short set, Pub Gig at the "Wheatpieces" 2 Clifford Avenue, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 7RW after 6pm.

This will be an open event and a great opportunity to the fans and everyone who wants to meet the band and have a good time!

Remember, you will also be seen in the video.
Whoever will attend, please leave your note on FACEBOOK



May 3, 2013

R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman! You have left an important era behind! Safe journey!


May 2nd, 2013

Mark will play at the "ROADHOUSE" Saturday, May 4th in Birmingham with "LIFE OF BRYAN", the UK Bryan Adams tribute band.

Who's out there??


May 1st, 2013

Two more dates have been added to the F.E.A.R. over the UK Tour!

14.09.13 "RHONDDA HOTEL" Porth, Glamorgan UK
20.09.13 "THE PATRIOT" Crumlin UK


April 10th, 2013

Musik Messe Frankfurt!
If you want to meet Mark, find him on Friday and Saturday at Hall 3 at Vic Firth's or Paiste's stand!


March 13th, 2013

First leg of TAINTED NATION Tour dates for 2013 announced!

more dates coming soon ....


February 14th, 2013

- - - - - - - - - The Drum Dungeon - The Vocal Lounge - - - - - - - - - -

2013, a new year in Music Productions.

CRP - Crossroads Productions is back, the Production Company which was founded by Mark Cross in 2009 and is now registered in the UK. 

Mark added: "It's 2013 and now that we've settled a bit, we are once more looking into the bright side of Music Productions and ignore the crisis of downloads and cheap plugin productions. You don't have to be a famous Musician to work with famous Musicians, we are here to explore and share every opportunity with you and I am keen to record the drums for you."

Pete Newdeck, the second man at CRP, also a drummer, songwriter and vocalist for the band Tainted Nation, is a mastermind in Vocal and Backing Vocal performance, but also in writing, arranging and editing. He is the leader of The Vocal Lounge program.
Our facilities provide high end analog and digital equipment in a great working environment! We want the Best and we work with the Best!!

The concept is simple!
Either you are a producer, songwriter, established musician / band or someone who is looking to record his music and find a record deal, or perhaps found yourself at a dead end and need to add the missing parts, send us your files and we'll take care of the rest!


A: Mark Cross records the drums for you.

B: Pete Newdeck records the backing or lead vocals for you.

C: arrange and produce your music.

D: can add the best musicians to play on your music

E: sound design and orchestration

F: sampled sounds or real sounds

G: programming

H: edit and convert

I: mix and master

Our services are offered at very fair rates!!

Contact us:

P: +44 (0) 1242 681 395

E: info (at) crossroads-productions.net

W: www.crossroadsproductions.co.uk (under construction ...)


Incorporated with:

Yellow Shark Studios
Two Rivers Productions


February 7th, 2013


New rockers TAINTED NATION release today their aptly titled "Million Dollar Teaser" video clip! The video can be viewed below.

TAINTED NATION - The Million Dollar Teaser 2013 

This video clip is to raise awareness and promote the debut album F.E.A.R., released on January 25th, 2013 on Massacre Records.

Bassist Pontus Egberg cheerfully says: "For this, we wanted to show that we do have fun playing rock'n roll! We all feel the same pleasure working together with such great chemistry."

Vocalist Pete Newdeck added: "There was no expense spared making this creative masterpiece of a teaser clip under the supervision of Cross. It oozes class! In all seriousness, we are having a ball and blown away by almost every album review. So far, so good."

TAINTED NATION recently released the first video 'LOSER'

TAINTED NATION are already booked for R-Mine Metalfest 2013 in Tongeren Belgium in June alongside Symphony X, Hell, Jorn Lande, Rapsody Of Fire, Nightmare, Secret Sphere, Voodoo Highway and Raven Lord to name but a few.

Mark Cross added 'We plan on doing dates around the UK and Europe, which to us is very important – live shows are what this band is about'.

For information on ordering the new album F.E.A.R visit www.taintednation.co.uk and hit the merchandise tab. The band are offering a variety of packages or via the usual outlets from Massacre Records.


Source: Rock'n Growl Promotion and Management


January 25th, 2013


Tainted Nation, the new modern Rock/Metal outfit, are pleased to announce the release of the first video clip 'LOSER' to promote their brand new album F.E.A.RThe band -somewhat an 'all star ' line up of Pete Newdeck (Eden's Curse) vocals, Mark Cross (ex firewind,Helloween) Drums, Pontus Egberg (The Poodles) and Ian Nash (lionsheart) release the debut album on January 25th 2013 through Massacre records (www.massacre-records.com).

Vocalist Pete said, 'This is a major achievement for the band and we are very proud of what we have done thus far. We believe the album is pushing Rock and metal into 2013 and further and that it has something new to offer. It was a pleasure working with Independent element (www.independentelement.co.uk) for the video, and it was nice to break away from the standard fomula of video clips around today. Hopefully it shows a band chemistry, a humourous side and a musical side to boot. Album reviews for F.E.A.R have been pretty overwhelming to say the least and I am pleased to say we seem to be getting talked about. We look forward to the future'

Tainted Nation are already booked for R-mine metalfest in Tongeren Belgium in june alongside Jorn Lande,Rapsody Of Fire, Nightmare and Ravenlord to name but a few.

Mark Cross added 'we plan on doing dates around the UK and Europe , which to us is very important......live shows are what this band is about'

For information on ordering the new album F.E.A.R visit Mark's Shop or visit www.taintednation.co.uk and hit the merchandise tab. The band are offering a variety of packages.



The band – somewhat an 'all star' line up of Pete Newdeck (Eden's Curse) vocals, Mark Cross (ex Firewind, Helloween) Drums, Pontus Egberg (The Poodles) and Ian Nash (Lionsheart).