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MAY 9 2014



Killer be Killed will of course be tagged with that heaviest of all tags ‘Supergroup’ featuring as it does Soulfly’s Max Cavalera, Greg Puciato from Dillinger Escape Plan, Dave Elitch (ex-Mars Volta) and Troy Saunders of Mastodon.


So what do we get and is it any good? Cavalera tells us that “This is a very special project. It’s a one of a kind thing, with a lot of potential. The album is a mix of heavy, fast and melodic songs.” That of course is only part of the story, if you want a feel for the music; Puciato adds “It’s a bit of SABBATH-y doom, a bit of thrash, a bit of hardcore and punk.”


And that for us pretty much sums it up – as a project there is plenty of everything in the mix, which of course sometimes sounds the warning bells but here the mix of styles keeps it interesting.


Opening track ‘Wings of Feather and Wax’ recalling the Icarus myth is all that you need to make you delve deeper. It’s a great song with a great Metal groove but surprisingly accessible with a huge clean chorus supplied by Puciato. It’s here that you also realise that all three vocalists feature on all tracks rather than one taking the lead on each and that in itself brings out something unexpected that just amazingly works so well and leads to some interesting song structures.


“Face Down’ built on thrash guitars is just as heavy, with harsher vocals from Puciato and Saunders coming into the mix at pace. If you want it really heavy then ‘Melting of my Marrow’ as it might suggest is the one with Cavalera leading the way. Already this is damn fine Metal.


As it turns out the album is both relentless in pace and quality with ‘Snakes of Jehova’ futher exploring the Metal before ‘Curb Crusher‘ throws a thrashier punkier angle into the mix. ‘Save the Robots’ throws the curve-ball you were expecting with a synthesized voice opening the track before the huge riff crashes in before a psychedelic vocal is overtaken by a growl follwed by a drum-drencehd breakdown. It’s a fine song and perfectlt placed.


‘Fire to Your Flag’ takes it up a notch with Cavalera bursting into flame before ‘I.E.D’ highlghts the contribution of Sanders with sheer force. The closing tracks similarly don’t give the listener a moment’s rest with ‘Dust into Darkness’ as doomy as it gets and as good as anything else here. “Twelve Labors‘ chuggs along impressively with a huge bone-crunching melody offset by growls and leaden riff; and closer “Forbidden Fire‘ seals the deal on what is a simply breathtaking album that both exceeds expectations and leaves you wondering how good this will be inn-your-face live.  


This may well be the Metal album of the year.



by Mark Diggins