Joined by Mastodon‘s bassman Troy Sanders and former The Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch, Killer Be Killed completed work on their self-titled debut which is due on May 9 in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records.
Featuring lead vocal contributions and lyrics from Greg Puciato, Cavalera and Sanders, the aggressive assemblage of songs run the gamut from percussive crowd-inciting brutality, jagged basement show style carnage and melodic, off-kilter hooks. Sanders described the band as a perfect blend of a legend, a freak, a beast and a wookie.
It’s delivered through a prism of metal history conjuring the raw aggression of early Sepultura rumblings like Morbid Visions and Schizophrenia with the increasingly progressive 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, underlined by a relentless drum performance from a master of precision, power and groove.
Killer Be Killed has come together even as their main projects hit a collective stride: Max just released his ninth studio album with Soulfly, Savages, to many of the strongest reviews of his legendary career. The Dillinger Escape Plan’s One of Us is the Killer debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Album chart earlier this year. Mastodon’s most recent album, The Hunter, was Album Of The Year in Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Rock Sound, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Total Guitar in 2011.
Mastodon and The Dillinger Escape Plan have toured together many times. During one such tour, in late 2012, Greg Puciato was telling Mastodon’s Troy Sanders about the project. Before too long, Sanders and Cavalera were meeting at a festival in South America for the first time: “Hey, I’m Troy. And I think we’re in a band together.”
The electric chemistry was apparent the first time they all assembled. “Having met, created and recorded an album together, this experience has easily exceeded my initial expectations,” says Sanders. “The collective energy and mutual respect for one another eased the entire process and has been very therapeutic for me.”
Killer Be Killed is the latest signing for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the joint venture between Nuclear Blast Records founder Markus Staiger and massively influential ex-Roadrunner Records Senior VP of A&R Monte Conner, who has worked with Max Cavalera on 18 records, starting with 1989’s Beneath the Remains.
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