Killer Be Killed
Metal supergroup Killer Be Killed emerged in the early 2010s with a roster that includes Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato, Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera, Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders, and former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch. Their aggressive yet melodic blend of sludgy metal and hardcore punk, combined with Elitch's expansive drumming skills (he was jazz-trained and had played with everyone from Miley Cyrus to M83), made them a big hit with fans of the bandmembers' parent groups. The band released their searing eponymous debut in 2014, with their sophomore effort, Reluctant Hero, arriving in 2020. Puciato and Cavalera had met at an L.A. benefit gig for the late Deftones bassist Chi Cheng. Having worked together on a Soulfly song ("Rise of the Fallen"), they had become friends and had often talked about recording an album together in the vein of Cavalera's earlier Nailbomb project with Fudge Tunnel's Alex Newport, but it was not until 2011 that they finally got together to make a demo. Excited with the results, Puciato approached his longtime friends Elitch and Sanders about playing on the record, and Killer Be Killed was born. Having chosen a name, they hammered out material in several lengthy rehearsal studio jam sessions during 2013 before entering the studio to record with producer Josh Wilbur. Signing to Nuclear Blast, the group released their debut album, Killer Be Killed, in May 2014. Combining the raw hardcore and thrash influences of Soulfly with the progressive sludge and doom tendencies of Mastodon, the record was not only popular with their existing fans but also attracted acclaim from other sectors of the metal world and beyond. The bandmembers spent the next few years tending to their myriad other projects, but they returned in 2020 with their second album, the punishing Reluctant Hero.
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Rock - Released May 9, 2014 | Nuclear Blast Entertainment
A supergroup featuring some of heavy music's heaviest hitters, Killer Be Killed don't disappoint on their vigorous self-titled debut. Featuring Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato, groove metal legend Max Cavalera, Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders, and Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch, the band's opening salvo is a crushing blend of thrash and groove metal that finds its members tempering one another's influence without losing their individuality. And while the music is, unsurprisingly, pretty devastating, the vocals are the real treat here. Sharing vocal duties, Sanders, Puciato, and Cavalera rotate in and out on every song, playing to their own strengths as they tag-team their way through the album. In a way, the band feels like a reaction to the wildly creative projects its members have been part of, allowing these guys to let off some steam and rock hard for the sake of rocking hard. Fortunately, it makes for a fine album of chug-heavy metal that'll make fans of these guys glad that their hobby from making killer music is to make more killer music. © Gregory Heaney /TiVo