Mastodon's Troy Sanders Picks Favorite Supergroup | Revolver

Mastodon's Troy Sanders Picks Favorite Supergroup

Bassist, also of Killer Be Killed, "blown away" by industrial-metal crew
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photograph by Travis Shinn

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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 Sanders to find out which supergroup he feels has that same combustive chemistry. Below is his favorite all-star act.


I was over the top — and still am — about that first Nailbomb record [1994's Point Blank], and I felt like that before I was in a band with Max or even met Max. It's funny that all these years later I've befriended Max, and Alex Newport of Nailbomb has now mixed many songs from my other bands. Thirty years ago, I listened to Nailbomb and was blown away, and now I speak to both of these guys on a regular basis.