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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?
01. Sad Ghost
02. Mad At Myself
03. Life of a Nine
04. The Langdon House
06. Old Dena
07. Stingray Affliction
08. Never Lose Your Flames
09. Personality Cult
10. Tears on the Runway, Pt. 2
11. The Settlement
12. Disappear (Remember When)
The union of metal and pop music is a polarizing thought, but it is certainly not a new development. Modern metal acts such as Scar Symmetry utilize simple song structures and highly accessible melodies for a more subtle blend, but there acts that are more straightforward in their intentions. Devin Townsend Project‘s albums Addicted! and Epicloud were both praised for the smart and seamless amalgam of pop and heavy metal, even after publicly citing Nickelback as a key influence. The Dillinger Escape Plan have even dabbled in overt pop-worship for years as well.
We’ve seen proof that the style can be pulled off with finesse, should the best aspects of both genres are utilized; there’s nothing inherently wrong with using downtuned guitars to write catchy and heartfelt music with soaring vocal hooks, so long as you do it with some intelligence and creativity. Issues is one such band that openly embraces the “pop metal” tag, but ultimately fails at creating a fun or interesting listening experience on their self-titled debut.
Big news happened in Australia over the weekend that will likely do no favors in public perception of extreme metal. In Brisbane’s Soundwave festival tour stop, deathcore act Thy Art Is Murder kicked off festivities by requesting that fans take on the security staff and jump up on the stage.