July 20, 2017

TOWER OF BABEL releases their first Masterpiece "LAKE OF FIRE" on Lion Music! Check it out on Spotify or download on iTunes or on the Band´s Website www.towerofbabelband.com

June 14, 2017

Mark will play a show with German AC/DC Tribute BON SCOTT on August 25 at the Rock Heart Festival in Marschacht Hamburg, Germany.

May 25, 2017

GOD´s ARMY to headline M.O.A. Mise open Air in Buessfeld, Germany on June 17, 2017 The new album is almost done and in the Mixing! More News about the release to be announced soon!! www.godsarmymusic.net

May 23, 2017

Mark will play a Show with JOE LYNN TURNER at the Artfootball Festival in moscow, Russia on June 12.

March 23, 2017

REZIDENT EX announce new Shows in Romania and the release for their new Album "AUDIO DOPING"

January 4th, 2017

STONEHENGE, London´s finest Classic rock tribute launches a "regular" at THE BIG RED on Holloway Road in London, UK once a month. featuring Luka Ravase Metalworks) on Vocals, Matt Pearce (Voodoo Sixx) on Guitar. Gab Soulavy on Organ /Synth, Ade Emsley on Bass and occasionally Davey Rimmer (Uriah Heep) on Bass. Visit us on FB www.facebook.com/StonehengeRocks

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 + 14.02.16 "MUSE HALL" True Thrash Metal Fest, Osaka 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, 2016

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 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 ....."


January 12

TAINTED NATION - Live w/ Mayhem Messiah @ Static, Swansea, UK
Friday March 28th 2014



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 Sunday nights in Camden

Live at "The Monarch" on Sunday, December 1st!
We will present a best of selection of songs from Deep Purple! Don't miss it!!

Doors: 7:30pm
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 - Hands of time

HARDLINE _ Live at Firefest 2013 - Takin' me down

HARDLINE _ Live at Firefest 2013 - Voices


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, 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, Spain
04.10.13 "SALA BNB" Burgos, Spain
05.10.13 "SALA BERLIN" Ourense, Spain
06.10.13 "SALA PLATAFORMA" Barcelona, Spain CANCELLED
08.10.13 "PUB D'LEYEND" Castellón, Spain
09.10.13 "SALA NOVELTY" Valencia, Spain
10.10.13 "SCALBUR METAL" Madrid, Spain
11.10.13 "SALA UTOPIA" Zaragoza, Spain
12.10.13 "SALA TUNK" Irun, Spain



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 1, 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.




December 24th,2012


Be good, be happy and enjoy every moment of your life!!

See you all soon! ... Mark Cross


December 10th - 2012


Just before Christmas these London based Musicians decided once more to put up another show with "MAMACOS" or what ever they might want to call themselves this time, at the MONARCH in Camden on Sunday, December 16.
Guitar shreds by Daniele Panza and heavy artillery of Drums and Bass of the finest by Davey Rimmer and Mark Cross and the magnificent Luka Twitch Ravase on vocals.

Mark commented: "It's great to meet up with these guys, they are all very talented Musicians from different bands. You got Davey on Bass guitar from Uriah Heep, Zodiac Mindwarp and Metalworx, vocalist Luka Twitch from Cavalar and Future Shock and Guitar virtuouso Dan Panza, who does a lot of session work in London.

The Monarch is luckily, but unfortunately at the same time, one of the last remaining places in London to host a weekly rock/metal show on Sundays like that!
Doors open 8pm, come on over to see us, we'll hang and have a few drinks!"

The Monarch
40-42 Chalk Farm Road London, Camden NW1 8BG


December 9th - 2012


Tainted Nation has been busy shooting their first Video Clip in the UK under the supervision of INDEPENDENT ELEMENT (release date tba) and started promoting the album, which sees the release on January 25th, 2013.

Pete Newdeck recently commented on a UK radio: "We are pleased and very proud to say, that we have already seen a few outstanding reviews on the internet. The album sincerely deserves it!"

The youtube link to Tainted Nation's pre listener "Loser", which had been posted on November 23 by Massacre Records, has reached until today over 100.000 views! CLICK HERE

F.E.A.R. is NOW available on German Amazon, where you can place a pre order of the album! CLICK HERE

Tour dates will hopefully be announced soon.

In the meantime everyone in the TN camp involved wishes each and avereyone a Merry Christmas and a succesful, healthy and prosporus rocking New Year!!



October 4


Marco Mendoza, Bass player for Thin Lizzy, whoa has also worked with Whitesnake and Ted Nugent, returns for a few shows in the UK promoting his solo work. On the bill is Soren Andersen on Guitar (Glenn Hughes) and Mark Cross on Drums (Tainted Nation, ex Firewind & Helloween ...).

Don't miss them, because this will be intersting and a very powerful trio.

25 October: Mansfield, The Diamond www.thediamonduk.com
26 October: Nuneaton, Queens Hall www.queenshall.net
27 October: Ipswich, The Railway www.ipswichrailwayvenue.co.uk
28 October: Workington, The Vine Bar www.facebook.com.vinebar.workington
31 October: Southampton, Talking Heads www.thetalkingheads.co.uk
01 November: Bournemouth, The Anvil www.theanvilbournemouth.co.uk


September 26


"THE MAMACOS" feat. Mark Cross, Dan Panza, Davey Rimmer and Luka Twitch announced another "Guitar shred" gig at The Monarch on October 7.

The Monarch
40-42 Chalk Farm Road London, Camden NW1 8BG


September 26


Tainted Nation release date for F.E.A.R. changed to January 25th, 2013


September 14


TAINTED NATION will play at the BORDERLINE London with VEGA.
VEGA are an innovitive modern rock sound outfit and TN are privileged to share the same bill on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4.

There are tickets at a reduced price of 10£ available, Show your support, as this gig will be the gig to launch TAINTED NATION's first album, which will be released on December 4th by Massacre Records! There have already been plenty of ticket preorders and if you wanna come, please write to pgn111@hotmail.com and firstly a ticket and secondly a free promo 3 track e.p free of charge will be sorted out for you, which will be posted with your ticket (s). See you all soon!!



August 20

A night dedicated to the awesome Jon Lord who influenced countless musicians and fans of all ages. Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord (9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012) was an English composer, pianist, and hammond organ player.
A fusion of musicians will be playing a mix of the greatest songs that Jon Lord performed throughout his brilliant career.

On 16 July 2012 the music world lost one of its greatest. Jon Lord has succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 71.

Co-founder of Deep Purple, Jon will be forever remembered for his amazing musical achievements.

His love affair with music started very early. Although having classical piano training, Jon was quickly seduced by the music of Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Smith. Instead of taking up an acting carrier after receiving drama school scholarship, Jon opted for gigging in pubs, including a short-lived outfit with Ronnie Wood, future Rolling Stones star.

True to that tradition, Live4guitar has organised a remembrance gig, where a host of musicians will rotate on stage for the evening performing many great songs that Jon graced us with.

The event will take place at THE FIDDLERS ELBOW in Camden on 30th August.

You can find info about the event by clicking here: http://www.facebook.com/events/412185355496211/


George GT Stergiou
Olivia Airey
Keith Airey
Daniele Panza
Emir Hot
Mark Cross
Alan Nelson
Danny Mattin
Hugo Terva
Arnaldo Rogano
Luka Twitch Ravase
Davey Rimmer
John Wheatcroft

If you happen to be in London on the night, please come along, it's going to be great.

Entrance: £5 at the door.


July 22


After the release of Something Different (Lion Music 2008) and Rebirth (Nightmare Records 2011), Italian progressive composer and bass player Alberto Rigoni (also member of TwinSpirits) announces a new album.

The album will be released worldwide in October 2012 (TBC)

Mark also features on Alberto's album: "Alberto is a stunning Musician and I love his versatile Bass playing. It's been an absolute pleasure working with him!"

Read more on Hard Rock Haven


May 16


UK's modern hard rocker TAINTED NATION have inked a deal with Massacre Records. The band's debut album, "F.E.A.R.", will be released on January 25th, 2013.

Pete Newdeck says: "This is a very exciting time for the band. We feel it an honour and a privilege to be signed to Massacre Records and we look forward to forging a strong working relationship together. The band is very hungry and keen to make an impact with what we feel is a strong and powerful debut album and in turn, we aim to hit the live scene with all guns blazing. It excites me to be involved with such a line up of talented musicians who are highly motivated and focused. This is only the beginning…"

The group, which recently signed a worldwide management deal with Germany's Rock N Growl Management, consists of the following musicians: Pete Newdeck – Vocals (Eden's Curse, Grim Reaper, Killers, Steve Grimmett), Mark Cross – Drums (Firewind, Outloud, Helloween, Kingdom Come), Ian Nash – Guitar (Steve Grimmett, Lionsheart), Pontus Egberg – Bass (The Poodles, Lions Share, Zan Clan).

TAINTED NATION's music can be described as a commercial, modern and powerful sounding rock mix.

Newdeck, who is mostly known for his work with EDEN'S CURSE and bands like GRIM REAPER, KILLERS and Steve Grimmett, started writing songs with bandmate and friend Ian Nash, who also played guitar for Grimmett, in 2009.

While with EDEN'S CURSE and supporting STRATOVARIOUS and FIREWIND in May 2009 on their U.K. tour, Pete and then-FIREWIND drummer Mark Cross became close friends and discussed the idea of forming a new band, only this time with Newdeck as the lead singer.

Newdeck's vocal abilities were truly convincing and in the spring of 2010, Pontus Egberg, bass player for Swedish hard rockers THE POODLES, completed the lineup.

Newdeck, Nash, Cross and Egberg recorded the TAINTED NATION debut album "F.E.A.R." in the U.K. and mixed and mastered it in Germany under the supervision of Dennis Ward, producer of many successful international artists.


May 2012


Mark joined www.drumteachers.co.uk/



More Catastrophe for Japan!

Outloud's acclaimed new EP will be available in Japan come May 30th, on the Rubicon label, with 3 exclusive bonus tracks! Here is the track listing:

1. Saints On Fire
2. Cross The Line
3. Mr. Long Gone
4. The Last Days Of December
5. Falling Rain (Flamenco Version)
6. We Run (For Piano and Vocals)
7. El Foco
8. Waiting For Your Love (Caribbean Highway Version)
9. Lovesigh 2012


May 2012


Tainted Nation's first live appearance in 2012 on May 26th at the "Watson Hall" Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire


May 2012


Join us on Sunday with super group "MACACOS" feat. the great Luka Twitch on vocals, the magnificent Dave Rimmer on Bass, the talented Dani Panza on Guitar, the king of heavy Artillery Mark Cross on the Drums and Master of Keys Gabor will join Metalworks at the Fiddler's Elbow playing some of the best guitar shred tunes ever written .... Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Mr.Big and more!
.Get on the bus, bike, car, surfboard or whatever suits you best and join us on this unforgettable night on May 6th!! Doors 7pm, cover 5,00£


March 2012


Mark Cross on Metal unity radio on Monday, March 26th at UK Time 4pm, central Europe 5pm and Greece 6pm.


March 2012


Tainted Nation signs up with German management Rock'n Growl!


February 2012


Here is something you might want to hear!! Check out your nearest CD store, spend a few Pounds, Dollars, Euros or Yen ..... and get yourself a great album with great songs, an awesome production, some solid drumming by me, Bobby and James and great vocals by George and Joe! Enjoy!

" After several years of absence record (last C . D . the " Forbidden Paradise "in 2000 ), the George Gakis back, more mature work, which bears the name: " Too Much Ain ' t Never Enough ".

The C . D . consists of 10 own compositions and one arrangement of a traditional folk song. With the great help of rock legends live, we are dealing with a surprising result.

The Kip Winger signs co-production and mixing, while the participants listen to the impressive names: Joe Lynn Turner ( Rainbow , Deep Purple , Yngwie Malmsteen ), Bobby Rondinelli ( Black Sabbath , Rainbow , Blue Oyster Cult ), James Kottak ( Scorpions , Kingdom Come , Warrant ), Greg Smith ( Alice Cooper , Rainbow , Ted Nugent ), John Spathas ( Socrates ), Mark Cross ( Helloween , Firewind , Outloud ). The album is released by the American company Perrisrecords and will be in stores in about 20 February.

The party registration with the live presentation of his songs make the cd will be Saturday, February 25 at the Revenge of Rock (Time: 22:30)!"


February 2012


Tomorrow I'll add some drumming to Alberto Rigoni's new solo album. Awesome bass player...

Check him out!

Mark Cross.


Januray 2012


OUTLOUD, who stirred things up on the hard rock circuit with its powerful self-titled debut in 2009 and fiery follow-up Love Catastrophe in 2011, announce the release of More Catastrophe, a six-song EP which contains three brand new songs plus the aforementioned Christmas single, and a Flamenco version of the song “Falling Rain” and a piano & vocals version of the track “We Run”. The EP will be available at their upcoming shows in Greece, as well as in stores and digitally across Europe via AOR Heaven.


1. Saints On Fire
2. Cross The Line
3. Mr. Long Gone
4. Last Days Of December
5. Falling Rain (Flamenco Version)
6. We Run