Putting multiple iconic musicians with such unique and instantly recognisable voices in a room should make for chaos. Opposing forces, too many chefs, and all that. Yet somehow, Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), and Ben Koller (Converge) joined forces like some heavy metal planetary alignment, and it just fucking worked.
Killer Be Killed came together over a few years before finally officially announcing themselves in October 2013, and released their first songs in March 2014, followed by an album in May the same year.
Musically, KBK are a groove metal juggernaut. Thrashy, melodic, and raw it’s full of great hooks and heavy riffs. The real beauty of KBK though is the interplay between the three vocalists.
Sanders is in fine form as always. His roars and cries, one of the best parts of Mastodon, serve as the perfect middle ground through the tracks. Puciato puts his eclectic vocal abilities on full display – passionate screams, glorious cleans, and everything in between. Then Max brings it home with one of most iconic roars in metal.
Killer Be Killer are a miracle in many ways. It shouldn’t be possible. These four very busy rock titans should struggle to line up their schedules long enough to produce anything, let alone something so fucking good.
I’m also incredibly lucky they were able to realign those schedules long enough again for a very short run of live shows in Australia. I was able to be at two of the only six shows they’ve ever performed to date and it really felt like witnessing a miracle.