By now, we’ve all heard about the Dillinger/Mastodon/Soulfly/Mars Volta side project Killer Be Killed. Supergroups rarely amount to anything better than flash in the pan gimmickry, so I’ve remained quietly skeptical on the matter until some music came through the hype machine. However, the first ever promo from the group has been made available so now I can’t control my excitement for some reason.
Greg Puciato and Max Cavalera have been talking about this project for years now, but I had no idea Greg would also be handling guitar duties. The inclusion of Troy Sanders on bass and Dave Elitch on drums creates an interesting rhythm section. I’m most excited for the three-way vocal hooks that are sure to come:
“It’s a bit of SABBATH-y doom, a bit of thrash, a bit of hardcore and punk,” Puciato explains, searching for the right words to describe something defiantly unique.
“This is a very special project. It’s a one of a kind thing, with a lot of potential,” asserts Cavalera. “The album is a mix of heavy, fast and melodic songs.”
Featuring lead vocal contributions and lyrics from Puciato, Cavalera and Sanders, the aggressive assemblage of songs run the gamut from crowd-inciting brutality and jagged basement show style carnage to melodic, off-kilter hooks. Sanders jokingly described the band as “a perfect blend of a legend, a freak, a beast and a wookie.”
It’s all delivered through a prism of metal history conjuring the raw aggression of SEPULTURA’s earliest rumblings, together with the progressively esoteric shamanistic approach of MASTODON and just a hint of the dissonance of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. It’s a set of songs with more traditional structure than most of them are known to perform, with a drum performance from a master of precision, power and groove.
“I love the idea of Greg, Troy and I singing together, with David Elitch’s amazing drumming,” says Cavalera. “Being a part of this is something quite different for me.”
“There would be no point in doing this if it sounded the same as our other bands,” notes Puciato. “Of any of our bands, it sounds the furthest away from mine, mainly because DILLINGER is [guitarist/founder] Ben [Weinman]’s expression, musically.”
So I’m all kinds of excited. Hopefully the music is as unique and powerful the group make it out to be when the album drops next year on Nuclear Blast Entertainment. More info when we get it!