Killer Be Killed started out as a project between Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan) and Max Cavalera (Soulfly). With the addition of Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and former The Mars Volta skinsman Dave Elitch things became more serious. Let’s see whether their collective labour can rival any of their respective main bands…
If you’re expecting a glorious collision of all things great about Mastodon, The Mars Volta, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Soulfly you’ll be in for a rude awakening. If anything, the Killer Be Killed album comes across as the musical nucleus of a new Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy album with the occasional sludgy reference to “Remission”-era Mastodon. The only novelty is that the vocals are roughly equally divided between Troy Sanders, Greg Puciato and Max Cavalera.
The main issue with tracks like ‘Wings Of Feather And Wax’, ‘Melting Of My Marrow’ and ‘Dust To Darkness’ is that they suffer from a serious lack of overall cohesion and any focused sense of actual songwriting. The tracks on this album feel more like a bunch of guitar riffs thrown together than actual songs. Of course, “Killer Be Killed” has its moments, but they’re really scarce. The guitar riffs are your typical Max Cavalera fare, namely to the point, lots of attitude and ultimately utterly forgettable.
If you’re into Cavalera Conspiracy or Soulfly, this album will appeal to you. If you’re looking for something with more substance, you’d better stick to your Mastodon, The Mars Volta and The Dillinger Escape Plan albums. I’m sure the Killer Be Killed gents had a blast creating and recording the album. Too bad I can’t say the same after listening to this record!