Metal legend Max Cavalera, famous for his many bands such as founding Sepultura, Soulfly, Nailbomb, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed and more has announced the launch of “Max Trax”, a twice-weekly Internet video series in which he will discuss the inspiration for many of the songs spanning his nearly 40-year music career. Cavalera shared the news of his online project in a video message posted to Soulfly social media earlier today. Continue reading
Metal supergroup Killer Be Killed stormed the music world when they released their 2014 debut. According to a new interview with Max Cavalera, the band has demos of 10 new songs ready as progress towards a new release. Max previously said a new album was potentially possible for 2019. Comprised of Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Ex-Sepultura), Sanders (Mastodon) Greg Puciato (The Black Queen, The Dillinger Escape Plan), and drummer Ben Koller (Converge, All Pigs Must Die, Mutoid Man), released its self-titled debut via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. They were one of the first signings to that label by former Roadrunner executive Monte Connor. Continue reading
Rock supergroup Gone Is Gone has dropped a new lyric video for their track ‘Sentient’. The song comes off of their début full-length due early next year. Continue reading
While speaking to Ghost Cult about the upcoming Soulfly album Archangel (Nuclear Blast), Max Cavalera took a moment to talk about his other projects. Cavalera Conspiracy released their third album Pandemonium (Napalm) towards the tail end of 2014, but it was Cavalera’s third and newest band, Killer Be Killed that caused the biggest of stirs last year, with their self-titled debut being released in the first quarter of last year through Nuclear Blast. They just did a tour of Australia at Soundwave Festival earlier this year and have permanently added drummer Ben Koller of Converge.
When asked how is able to balance three high profile outfits, the enthusiastic metallist replied: “I jump from one to the other, pretty much without thinking! I have a switch in my brain that goes off and on. I work mostly with Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy had some things last year. Killer Be Killed, we did a bit this year too, some shows.”
What does the future hold for Killer Be Killed? As a band, you have to see it as a huge success? “Yes. It was really much better than I thought (it would be) and the singers really work well together, and I had no idea how that was going to work, but it came together really good. I’m so pleased, it’s a cool, melodic record. It was done in the right way, it felt organic and very natural. It came out very pleased with it. I just don’t like the cover. I fucking hate the album cover. That’s the only negative about Killer Be Killed!”
So what is the next step? And will whatever comes out have a “Max approved” cover?
“Yes! I’ll make sure of that! We’re going to make 2 more songs soon to come out next year on Nuclear Blast for the fans, then we’re going to work on a second record next year.”
Sticking it out for eleven years doing old school death metal take a lot of heart and dedication, and for Kenosha, WI based Jungle Rot, they have been slugging it out producing blue collar style brutality and never letting down from it. They have released their ninth full length release Order Shall Prevail (out now via Victory Records) and continue to wave the flag for underground Midwestern death metal.
Aside from the music, the band is taking part on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival across North America this summer, and places them in front of a slightly different audience than the underground death metal crowds they were used to playing for. But being a band up for challenges, they were ready to confront this head on.
“This is the first time we’ve stepped outside of the underground,” said guitarist Jimmy Genez. “We definitely like playing underground. That’s just home. The label popped up – ‘We’re sponsoring the second stage. Do you want to be involved?’ We’re like sure. Why not? It’s a good chance to get some exposure. A lot of people have seen us but probably never heard us before. That’s a good thing. Will we ever completely out of it? Probably not and I’m ok with that. I’ve been doing this a long time. I think I’ve reached the level unless Slayer asked me to join, I’m never going to be in a band that big. [At least] nothing I started anyways. I don’t have it in me. I’m not a 25 year old kid spending a lot of time fliering on the streets. I’m 40. I don’t have time for that.”
While the Rockstar Mayhem Festival is not solely focused on death metal, the band saw an opportunity to play for younger fans of extreme music but other styles as well.
“This is going to be good for the band. It’s good exposure. We’re team players with the label. This is definitely a first for us. It kind of sucks to play 25 minutes and just breaking a sweat and it’s time to get off. This is definitely new and we’re ok with it.”
Will it be odd not seeing a sea of death metal logos everywhere? “It’s different but we don’t mind different. We want lots of different people to hear our music. I know there’s all kinds of metalheads. There’s pat stubs and stinky fucks and more hardcore Slipknot types. We like to think we can bring something to the table.”
They began working on Order Shall Prevail immediately after completing the touring cycle for their last album (2013’s Terror Regime). Sticking to a formula that worked best for them, they created another powerful album that longtime fans have grown to know them for.
“Right after we released the last one and we did a little touring for it, we sat down and started writing. We started getting some stuff grooving on it. The writing process is pretty easy for us. It’s what you think it would be. It’s a couple of guys getting together, talk, smoke weed and jam. We just write riffs, record them, piece them together, see what works with what riff, mumble tracking the vocals and see if the vocals are strong there. It’s pretty simple.”
“We didn’t go into any different mindset with this record. We knew we wanted to top the last two. Of course any band will tell you that their latest album is their best album, but I truly believe it is. It’s got everything on there that Jungle Rot’s known for. It’s got the fast thrashy shit, the slower headbangers, the couple mosh riffs…it’s got everything.”
One highly publicized song on Order Shall Prevail is “Fight Where You Stand,” which features Max Cavalera (ex-Sepultura, currently of Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed) on guest vocals.
“My old friend Joe Nunez used to play drums for Soulfly. He’s from my area. He’d come home and we’d hang out. He would say ‘I know you don’t believe me but the Cavaleras love Jungle Rot. They’d listen to it on the bus, the kids love it.’ Nah I don’t believe it. I never believed him. We played 70,000 Tons Of Metal and we’re playing and I look down and there’s Max banging his head. I was like fuck yeah! That’s cool.”
“Right after we got off the stage, he and his wife came up to us and they introduced themselves – we’re big fans, blah, blah, blah. It was amazing. I kept in touch and I hit Gloria up and asked if Max would be interested in doing some vocals with us. They were coming to Milwaukee in like a week. She said yeah Max is totally down. We got a laptop and a couple of mics and met him on the tour bus and got his tracks. It was pretty easy. He was really into it. He had ideas he wanted to try.”
“It was kind of cool having a legend like Max Cavalera sing my lyrics too. I listen to it and like ‘wow. He’s singing to something I wrote.’ It’s pretty cool.”
Another change came within their lineup as they enlisted a new drummer (Joey Muha) for this album. Being no stranger to drummer changes, they quickly made the shift and found his enthusiasm to give them an added charge atop of their already energetic sound.
“We’re like the Spinal Tap of death metal,” he said, about the drummer changes. “Jesse [Beahler] played on the last two albums and is a great kid. He wanted to move on and try different things. He’s really a tech drummer – really into crazy techniques and stuff. Jungle Rot wasn’t a thing for him. I’m sure playing in the band helped his playing a little bit, because there’s a certain tightness involved. He was a great drummer. He wanted to move on and try different things. Plus he lived far away too.”
“We got our buddy Joey [Muha] from Threat Signal. He’s from Canada. He’s a good friend of the band. He’s a good hard working kid. He’s really hungry for it. He takes a lot of pressure off of the older guys in the band. He’s out there running around finding the production guys, doing the guest lists – you don’t have to do that and it’s nice.”
“If you buy a Jungle Rot record, you know what you’re getting into. It’s definitely not a tech-death twist anywhere. It’s not going to happen. It’s gonna be solid headbanging.”
In an interview with Metal Hammer, Max Cavalera has reported that he expects another Killer Be Killed album to be released in 2016.
“There’s another Killer Be Killed record coming next year, and more Cavalera Conspiracy stuff in the future. At this point I’m just letting it roll. Whatever happens will happen – that’s my attitude. I’m not forcing anything. If it happens, great; if not then it’s still okay.”
A bonafide supergroup, Killer Be Killed performed their first live dates as a band in Australia earlier this year, is comprised of Cavalera, Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Troy Sanders of Mastodon, and drummer Dave Elitch (Antemasque/ex-The Mars Volta).
Killer Be Killed are streaming drum cam footage of their new drummer Ben Koller (Converge, All Pigs Must Die, Mutoid Man) on “Wings Of Feather And Wax” live from the 2015 Soundwave Festival in Australia.
Greg Puciato – vocals, guitar
Max Cavalera – vocals, guitar
Troy Sanders – vocals, bass
Ben Koller – drums
Juan Montoya – guitar
Sumerian thrashing black metallers Melechesh is streaming a trailer for their newly released sixth album Enki, out via Nuclear Blast below. Enki was recorded in Greece by Giorgos Bokos (Rotting Christ) while Jonas Kjellgren (Immortal, Legion Of The Damned, Overkill, Hypocrisy) took care of the mixing and mastering in his renowned Black Lounge Studios in Sweden. Drums were recorded at Devasoundz Studio with Fotis Benardo (ex-Septicflesh, ex-Nightrage).
Guests on Enki include Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Killer Be Killed), Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax).
Melechesh mainman Ashmedi spoke about the production process, the lyrical concept and the cover artwork of the band’s new album Enki, out March 10, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. Stream lyric video of “Lost Tribes” featuring Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Killer Be Killed) here.
Also check out a video of Ashmedi talking about the latest single, ‘Lost Tribes’ and working with metal legend Max Cavalera HERE.
Enki is the follow-up to 2010’s masterpiece The Epigenesis. A trailer for the album can be viewed HERE. Enki marks the band’s sixth full-length album and features iconic guests including Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Killer Be Killed), Sakis Tolis (ROTTING CHRIST) and Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax).
Enki was recorded in Greece by Giorgos Bokos (ROTTING CHRIST) while Jonas Kjellgren (IMMORTAL, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, OVERKILL, HYPOCRISY) took care of the mixing and mastering in his renowned Black Lounge Studios in Sweden. Drums were recorded at Devasoundz Studio with Fotis Benardo (ex-SEPTICFLESH, ex-NIGHTRAGE)
Ashmedi, mainman for the pioneers of Sumerian thrashing black metal, MELECHESH sat down recently to talk about the production process, the lyrical concept and the cover artwork of the band’s new album Enki. Also check out a video of Ashmedi talking about the latest single, ‘Lost Tribes’ and working with metal legend Max Cavalera HERE:
The band’s official lyric video for the song ‘Lost Tribes’ featuring Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, KILLER BE KILLED) can be viewed HERE.