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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 Cavalera to find out which supergroup he feels has that same combustive chemistry. Below is his favorite all-star act.
I think my favorite supergroup would have to be Lard, which is [Dead Kennedys singer] Jello Biafra and [Ministry main man] Al Jourgensen. I really like Jello's voice with Al's riffs. Those records are great even today — that EP, The Power of Lard. The first one was called The Last Temptation of Reid. Those riffs, man — Al Jourgensen was really on a roll. That's a really good underground project that people should check out.