2020 Best of Metal: #20 Killer Be Killed-Reluctant Hero

Release date: November 20, 2020

Origin: United States/Brazil

Personnel: Greg Puciato-vox/guitars, Max Cavalera-vox/guitars, Troy Sanders-vox/bass, Ben Koller-drums

This is one of those supergroups in which you can really feel each individual’s parent band’s influence in the construction of each song. There are Dillinger moments, Sepultura/Soulfly moments, Mastodon moments and Converge moments. And, strangely, even though the individual parts are easy to pick out, the thing still coalesces into a unique whole. Their whole approach to switching vocalists mid-song really has kind of a hip-hop feel in a way where one vocalist starts a verse and another finishes it. That style happens a lot on here. I’ll admit it was kind of a surprise to see that Killer Be Killed (still hate the name) survived past their debut and led to this sophomore release. I really enjoyed the debut quite a lot and if you did as well, you will probably like this one. I don’t feel it is quite as strong as a whole as the debut, but there is still enough quality on here for it to earn the #20 spot for 2020.

4 flip flops out of 5

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