Killer Be Killed

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Killer Be Killed
From left to right: former drummer Dave Elitch, Max Cavalera, Greg Puciato, and Troy Sanders
From left to right: former drummer Dave Elitch, Max Cavalera, Greg Puciato, and Troy Sanders
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresGroove metal, alternative metal[1]
Years active2011–present
LabelsNuclear Blast
Past members
  • Dave Elitch

Killer Be Killed is an American heavy metal supergroup founded by Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato and Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera in early 2011. The lineup also features Mastodon bassist and co-vocalist Troy Sanders and Converge drummer Ben Koller. The band had slowly been working on material before announcing its name in October 2013,[2] along with their signing to Nuclear Blast.[3] The group's self-titled debut record was released on May 13, 2014.[4] On September 4, 2020, the group returned with a new single, and released their second album Reluctant Hero on November 20, 2020.[5]


Formation, early years and self-titled (2011–2015)[edit]

The band was first announced in February 2011, when Metal Hammer reported news of Puciato and Cavalera planning a new project in the vein of Cavalera's Nailbomb band with Alex Newport in the mid 1990s.[6] Shortly afterwards, Mars Volta's Dave Elitch and Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders were announced to be part of the project.[7] Converge bassist Nate Newton was originally eyed to be included in the project, but was unable to join, so Cavalera reached out to Sanders instead.[8][9] Despite not yet having a name, the group entered the Fortress Studio in Los Angeles in September 2013 with producer Josh Wilbur.[10]

In October 2013, the band revealed Killer Be Killed as their name and announced that their first album would be released through Nuclear Blast.[2] In March 2014, an announcement confirmed that the band's debut album would be self-titled, Killer Be Killed, and would be released on May 13, 2014.[4] On March 14, 2014, two songs from the upcoming eponymous debut, "Wings of Feather and Wax", and "Face Down" were made available for streaming.[11]

Converge drummer Ben Koller joined for the band's live debut at Soundwave Festival and was announced as a full-fledged member that summer, replacing Elitch.[12]

Reluctant Hero (2016–present)[edit]

In an interview with Full Metal Jackie, Cavalera said he'd love to do another Killer Be Killed album; "I'd love to do a little bit with Killer Be Killed … We did one record and it was very well received, and I think we can do a better one than that. I think we can really — if we work hard on it — we can make a kick ass second Killer Be Killed album."[13] In a 2016 Facebook update Koller announced there is "whispers in the dark of a new Killer Be Killed album".[14] In April 2018, Max Cavalera confirmed that the band were convening in Phoenix to write and rehearse new material in Soulfly's rehearsal space, with the aim of releasing a new album in 2019.[15]

On Friday, September 4, 2020, the band released a brand new song called "Deconstructing Self-Destruction" which features Max, Greg, Troy and Ben credited as writers. The song is the first single off their second album Reluctant Hero which is set for release on November 20, 2020, via Nuclear Blast Records. Wall of Sound broke the news after digging up the album's artwork and tracklisting.[5]

On October 9, 2020, the band released their second single from the album called "Dream Gone Bad".[16]

In an interview with Wall of Sound, bassist Troy Sanders explained why the second album's recording process was kept a secret; "I mentioned to my guys 'every time we get together and work on something, let's just keep it to ourselves' so we don't create any type of buzz or excitement to our small handful of fans."[17] Reluctant Hero was released in November 20, 2020.

Musical style[edit]

Commenting on the writing process of their first album, Cavalera told Decibel that the record will be "politically charged" and that the composition will be a merging of styles of each of its members.[18] In a press release, Puciato characterizes the style, "It's a bit of Sabbath-y doom, a bit of thrash, a bit of hardcore and punk" continuing, "Of any of our bands, it sounds the furthest away from mine...",[19] whereas critics have described the band's sound as a progressive form of groove metal, incorporating elements of melodic metalcore, hardcore punk, crossover thrash and progressive rock.[20]


Current members
Live/session members
  • Juan Montoya – lead guitar (2015, 2020–present)
Former members
  • Dave Elitch – drums, percussion (2012–2015)


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Killer Be Killed 58 47 113 90 192 91 71
Reluctant Hero 45 52 69

Singles and music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Album
2014 "Wings of Feather and Wax" Thomas Mignone[30] Killer Be Killed
"Snakes of Jehovah"
2015 "Curb Crusher" Neal Walters[31]
2020 "Dream Gone Bad" Jim Louvau & Tony Aguilera Reluctant Hero
"Inner Calm From Outer Storms"
"From A Crowded Wound" Costin Chioreanu


Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 Killer Be Killed Best Live Band[32] Nominated


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  2. ^ a b Project Featuring MAX CAVALERA, GREG PUCIATO, TROY SANDERS Gets Name October 18, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Max Cavalera/Greg Puciato/Troy Sanders Supergroup Finds a Label Home MetalSucks. October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
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  23. ^ "Killer Be Killed Belgian Albums Chart". Retrieved July 14, 2014.
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  27. ^ "Killer Be Killed UK Albums Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  28. ^ "KILLER BE KILLED: Debut Album First-Week Sales Revealed". May 21, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  29. ^ "Supergroup Killer Be Killed Announce New Album, Reluctant Hero". Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  30. ^ "Killer Be Killed: 'Wings Of Feather And Wax' Video Released". Blabbermouth. June 4, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  31. ^ "Killer Be Killed: 'Curb Crusher' Video Released". Blabbermouth. March 19, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  32. ^ Wookubus (June 15, 2015). "2015 Metal Hammer 'Golden Gods Awards' Winners Revealed". Theprp. Retrieved November 21, 2020.

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