So we had a lot of fun last week posting some of the last.fm 3×3 collages of what we’re really listening to. We’ll get a prog metal celeb’s take after the jump.
Tag Archive: The Dillinger Escape Plan
At long last, our friends in White Arms of Athena are poised to release White Arms of Athena, the Kurt Ballou produced follow-up to their celebrated 2011 debut album Astrodrama. We’re pleased to announce the full details of the release, which is sure to be a stand-out record among the current wave of progressive and psychedelic music.
In case you aren’t familiar with recent developments, Killer Be Killed — featuring Soulfly‘s Max Cavalera, The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s Greg Puciato, Mastodon‘s Troy Sanders, and former The Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch — actually lives up to its “supergroup” status, measuring up to be the sum of its parts. I said as much in my review over at Metalsucks, concluding that their debut album is “a proper culmination of influences that represents each member’s artistic lineage and talents in a manner that does each legacy act justice.” In short, the album doesn’t suck. We’re closer to Down than Hellyeah on the metal supergroup spectrum here.
Since its announcement, the members of Killer Be Killed promised many things about the upcoming supergroup project. Max Cavalera, best known for his work in Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Sepultura‘s early years, said the album would be a “mix of heavy, fast and melodic songs,” while Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan let fly that the record is “a bit of Sabbath-y doom, a bit of thrash, a bit of hardcore and punk.”
The past two years for Suicide Silence have been undeniably tough. After losing frontman and founding member Mitch Lucker to a fatal motorcycle accident, it’s easy to assume the group was on the brink of disbandment. However, the group’s strength and resilience has shown, picking up good friend All Shall Perish vocalist Eddie Hermida to carry on the legacy in Mitch’s memory.
It’s no secret that the group have been hard at work on a new album, but now some substantial movement is starting to take place as the group announces that the next record will be aptly titled You Can’t Stop Me, due for release July 15th through Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
As a vinyl collector and a massive fan of The Dillinger Escape Plan, I was pretty bummed that the group’s new single ‘Happiness Is A Smile’ was going to be released exclusively on vinyl through the band’s merch table during their latest run of dates with Trash Talk, Retox, and SHINING. The tour was coming nowhere close to home, so I just assumed it wasn’t meant to be.
The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of the most destructive forces in live music, hands down. Largely unpredictable sets could see you and about a hundred others up on stage and/or various band members jumping off of large objects or climbing up to the ceiling. Joining them on their latest North American tour are the moshworthy Trash Talk and Retox, as well as Heavy Blog favorites SHINING.
You can see photos from this tour’s first two stops at Webster Hall and Union Transfer in New York and Philadelphia respectively below. You may notice a slight imbalance; photographer Maclyn Bean was late for the show in New York and missed SHINING’s set, whereas Dillinger’s set in Philly could not be captured due to the lack of a photo pit and the omnipresence of mosh.
Yes, Killer Be Killed, that’s the supergroup featuring current and ex-members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Soulfly, Mastodon and The Mars Volta. Naturally the hype train was in full swing when the first details of this project began to emerge, but, more often than not, supergroups tend to add up to something much different than simply the sum of their parts. So, what exactly does the music say about Killer Be Killed?