Formed in 1981 by two Rockford, Illinois and two Brookfield, Wisconsin natives in the midpoint of Milwaukee, Die Kreuzen (pronounced dee kroytzen) chose their name specifically to avoid stereotyping because no one knows what it means. The band combined early hardcore with heavy metal leanings. Die Kreuzen roughly translates out of German meaning to intersect or to hybridize, which is exactly what they did on their five LPs for Touch and Go. Remember that flannel shirt movement in the 90's? Yeah. This is what those guys were listening to.