Reviewed By: Chris Hammond
Killer Be Killed – Reluctant Hero (2020)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Style: Heavy Metal, Supergroup
- Deconstructing Self-Destruction 4:33
- Dream Gone Bad 4:15
- Left of Center 3:29
- Inner Calm from Outer Storms 3:52
- Filthy Vagabond 3:47
- From a Crowded Wound 7:11
- The Great Purge 4:12
- Comfort from Nothing 4:18
- Animus 1:07
- Dead Limbs 4:48
- Reluctant Hero 6:04
Greg Puciato / Vocals, Guitars
Max Cavalera / Vocals, Guitars
Troy Sanders / Vocals, Bass
Ben Koller / Drums
The guys behind some of the most unique and influential metal bands of the last couple of decades (Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura, Converge) are back. Reluctant Hero is the follow-up album to the first self-titled release of 2014.
Greg, Max, Troy, and Ben have assembled 11 tracks of music that don’t have regular radio appeal, but fans will neither care nor worry about this.
The new album brings together the musicians’ talents and builds upon them. Listeners will hear that this album is much more musically fluid and organic compared to the 2014 release. This could be the fact that these guys actually feel more cohesive as a group, especially now that Ben Koller has taken on drum duties from former band member Dave Elitch.
There are actually three band members taking on vocal duties and they work eloquently together. Bone-breaking drums along with thrashing guitar riffs and bombastic bass just add to an already perfect musical meal.
Tracks aren’t all in one style, the band explores everything from the punk-influenced “Filthy Vagabond” to the reserved Nine Inch Nail-Esque “Reluctant Hero” track.
The album overall is an exploration of each member’s musical talents and bringing them all together to Frankenstein the perfect monster, something the album Reluctant Hero does in spades.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Album is out November 20/2020 on Vinyl, Digital download, and CD
Purchase through the Official Killer Be Killed website