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The term "supergroup" is a subjective one, and most definitely open to interpretation. Sometimes it seems like the designation is applied to, well, any semi-established musician that records a friendly one-off with another semi-established musician. This is not the case with Killer Be Killed, which features a legit wrecking crew of heavy-music icons: Max Cavalera, Mastodon bassist-vocalist Troy Sanders, Converge/Mutoid Man/All Pigs Must Die drummer Ben Koller and former Dillinger Escape Plan/current Black Queen singer Greg Puciato.
Sure, camaraderie is still central to the collaboration — but when these guys get together they're collectively bringing decades of Grammy-winning, boundary-pushing, genre-advancing experience into the room with them. And the results, as heard on Killer Be Killed's dynamic new album Reluctant Hero, reflect this powerful alchemy.
Revolver recently caught up with Puciato to find out which supergroup he feels has that same combustive chemistry. Below is his favorite all-star act.
I remember going over my friend's house and hearing that album, Above, not too long after [Alice in Chains'] Dirt came out [in 1992]. I would've been 14 or 15, and I remember looking through his CDs and finding Mad Season. When I asked him what it was, he said it was Layne [Staley] from Alice in Chains, Mike McCready from Pearl Jam and the drummer from Screaming Trees [Barrett Martin]. I remember hearing "River of Deceit" and just thinking, Wow, you know? To this day, it's one of the sickest Layne performances.
Back then, I didn't know that people from different bands came together and formed other bands — besides Temple of the Dog. You never saw a guy from Slayer and a guy from Metallica and a guy from Testament getting together to make a one-off. It made Seattle seem so much cooler, too: "These guys just hang out and if they feel like making a record, they just make one?" And much like KBK, Mad Season was a band that really didn't have the intention to go out and be bigger than their other bands. They just wanted to do it.