November 1, 2012


Mastodon's Troy Sanders Joins Already Awesome Metal Supergroup

Gary Wolstenholme
Gary Wolstenholme

A metal supergroup is a beautiful thing. Who would argue with the ass-kicking power of Hellyeah or Them Crooked Vultures? Only a fool would! So we salute the news of Mastodon singer-bassist Troy Sanders joining an already imposing metal supergroup with our devil horns raised triumphantly in the air.

This still-unnamed band was started by Max Cavalera (formerly of Sepultura and Nailbomb, currently in Soulfly) and Greg Puciato (of hardcore punk outfit the Dillinger Escape Plan) in 2011. Earlier this year, they netted Nate Newton (of Salem, MA's hardcore band Converge) and former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch. Now, Sanders is joining the supergroup as their third vocalist. Three metal singers, one band: That's a lot of growling.

"I don’t know any other metal projects out there with three people singing like this," Cavalera told Singapore radio. "It's almost like a Transplants of metal. Transplants had three singers [Transplants included Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Blink-182's Travis Barker, among others]. This project also has three singers, and it can be very, very great."

Cavalera said the group is "hoping to get in the studio in January," but given the inevitable scheduling conflicts (and the fact that they still haven't figured out a name), it could be some time before a full album actually comes to fruition.

It does, however, sound like they have their sonic approach settled. Cavalera likened the supergroup's music to the relentlessly harsh grind of his mid-nineties project Nailbomb. "I'm following, in a lot of ways, some of the same footsteps as Nailbomb," he said. "A lot of do-it-yourself, punk-rock kind of feeling to the project. So the songs are written really quick. I don’t think too much about it. I like it more like that, so they are very raw."

In other words, prepare to bleed from your ears.