Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed (Album Review)

Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed

I’m not a massive fan of these “supergroups”. They tend to come and go sometimes, only making a small ripple in the metal ocean. I’m thinking things could be different for Killer Be Killed.

Comprising of Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan) vocals/guitars, Dave Elitch (ex-The Mars Volta) drums, Troy Sanders (Mastodon) vocals/bass, and Max Cavalera (ex– Sepultura/Soulfly) on guitars/vocals. Killer Be Killed is born from their members coming from differing styles. However, this album is cohesive and fuses together extremely well.

Apart from listening to Max’s body of work over the years, I’m rather unfamiliar with the rest of Killer Be Killed’s other bands, so I’m not coming to listen to this release with preconceived ideas on what to expect. I can listen and review on its own merits.

In saying all of this, Killer Be Killed is an awesome album. It’s commendable to have a heavy album that’s not all about blast beats and screaming vocals. The collaboration of three vocalists shows maturity and how big egos can work together to produce a vocal sound that has clean singing and Max’s signature harshness. “Wings of Feathers and Wax” is a perfect example of the three singers working together to an end product.

Killer Be Killed has a heavy ass crunch guitar sound that will strip paint off the walls, and some memorable riffs, but shows how it doesn’t need to have a million notes per second. Max and Greg combine to create a wave of sound and leave space in between for the guitars to ring out, sometimes the most powerful sound is none at all.

Troy’s bass sound is fat and punishing, just listen to Curb Crusher for proof of that. Dave’s drumming is flawless, pounding and unforgiving, driving the rhythm, keeping the pace of the songs. “Fire to your Flag” is a perfect example of Dave’s drumming. Also, some of the tribal sounds on “Twelve Labors” show the incredible range that he has.
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I.E.D is by far my favorite track on this album but with 12 to listen to it’s most likely to change soon. This song is unequivocally Max all over…Nailbomb MK 2 anyone?

Could this album take Killer Be Killed and change the way people consider the supergroup….? I’m not sure. What I can tell you is that this is a heavy album with groove and melodic vocals, taking the listener on a sonic ride. Will those who are fans of The Mars Volta, Dillinger, Mastodon, or Soulfly like this? Maybe….maybe not. It’s definitely worth the time to check it out though.
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All I can say is that I liked it and will have to look into the other bands now.

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Release Year: 2014
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Category: Album
Country: USA

Reviewed by Adrian ‘Dren’ Barham