Possibly one of the most interesting band lineups in quite some time. Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) and Dave Elitch (The Mars Volta). Anyone who knows anything about metal music knows the scope of imagination and curiosity each of these artists possesses in their various projects is enough to imagine a truly disturbingly heavy amalgamation of genres that blend into one huge egotistical middle finger to modern popular music.
The first two track “Wings of Feather and Wax” and “Face Down” are two tracks which were released well before the album was released, and palates moistened. Possibly the easiest songs to listen to if you’re new to this music, but they also were well picked singles as they display the entire spectrum KBK intend to cover. What may have had pretensions about being an album of sheer brutality it is balanced out with memorable choruses and better dynamics. “Curb Crusher” is another track that encapsulates the wide array of influence, heavy guitars, nasty vocals but a pleasingly catchy chorus culminating in a dirty breakdown towards the end. “Save the Robots” is the first track that begins to change everything, it’s robotic intro reminiscent of Gojira‘s “A Sight to Behold”. The song gets heavier but combines groove metal, punk, before dropping into deeper verses and, you guessed it, a catchy chorus. “Catchy choruses” are not easy, they’re easy to write predictably but these choruses are different, it’s the melodic interweaving that grants their memorability. “Twelve Labours” is the best song to explore the spectrum and is clearly an equal balance of all artists in put, this is probably the album’s masterpiece. ‘Killer Be Killed’ wraps up nicely with the spacey “Forbidden Fire” and if “Twelve Labours” didn’t win you over this one must cement everything into place.
Some people may be disappointed with this release, other people will be truly astounded. A line up such as this is hard to rate on the whole but if one looks at it from the perspective that this is a brand new album from a brand new band. In that respect it can be viewed equally. It does everything it set out to to, it’s a true amalgamation of four incredibly talented artists with wide yet crossing influences. If only Killer Be Killed were as big as it’s creators main bands then perhaps it could gain the recognition it really deserves.
Verdict – 4/5