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Unnamed supergroup start work on debut album

Max Cavalera

Supergroups are an odd beast. They’re essentially bands formed by famous people that all come from different projects. When you consider it, “supergroup” is really just a sensationalist term to try and generate hype. Every great band is full of talented individuals, but they’re not a supergroup unless they’re previously famous. At the same time, while the term does afford any new supergroup a certain amount of guaranteed “free” hype, it can also be a double edged sword that can cripple new acts with unfair expectations. Quite often supergroups don’t “live up” to the expectations because more often than not it’s artists looking to expand their horizons and do something different – and a lot of fans go in expecting the same thing from these artists, but to a higher degree, and thusly leave disappointed.

A while ago, it was announced that Max Cavalera (ex-Sepultura/Soulfly/Nailbomb/Cavalera Conspiracy) would be joining forces with Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), and Dave Elitch (ex-The Mars Volta) to create a new supergroup of unprecedented ferocity. To celebrate this announcement, we profiled the Top Ten best supergroups, and that was that. It’s been a while since we heard anything from the still unnamed project, but Cavalera recently opened his mouth about it in an interview, and he had this to say:

“It’s going to be cool, we just don’t have a name yet, the name is a pain in the ass to find a name but the music is great. We have been working on this for two years!

Greg approached me kinda like how Alex [Newport] approached me to do Nailbomb in that he was really, really trying to get me to do this project. I told him already I was pretty busy doing Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy [and] I was not really looking for an extra thing, but he was pretty insistent and then I just gave up and was like ‘let’s fucking do this!’

“It started with just me and Greg and then we got Dave Elitch – he’s an amazing drummer – and then Greg knew Troy and we asked him to be the bassist so it kind of became a supergroup all of a sudden.

We jammed a couple of times and the last jam we did it sounded killer; the songs are really powerful real heavy. It’s hard to describe but I think the coolest thing about this project is that all three of us are going to sing on every song.”

So, that’s that. Still no word on a name, though I’m sure that will be announced relatively soon. Having all three of them do vocals sounds like an exciting prospect, as they can all bring very different things to the fold, although we all know that Puciato is an exceptional vocalist, and more than capable of handling it all. When you consider the broad range of influences between the four of them, there’s no real predicting what this project will sound like. Elitch seems like the odd one out, although he is an extremely capable drummer, so I’m sure he’ll handle the material with aplomb. Colour us intrigued.

The supergroup are currently in Fortress Studios with Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira). Expect more news soon.

What do you guys think? Are you excited for this project? What do you think it will sound like? Which member is your favourite? What should the project be called? Sound off in the comments!

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