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The very best that 2017 had to offer…

Artist of the Year: Chelsea Wolfe

Album of the Year: Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

Song of the Year: Kendrick Lamar – DNA

Music Video of the Year: Kendrick Lamar – DNA

Rock Act of the Year: Queens of the Stone Age

Alternative Act of the Year: The National

Rap/Hip-Hop Act of the Year: Kendrick Lamar

Punk/Hardcore Act of the Year: Code Orange

Metal Act of the Year: Converge

Electronic/Industrial Act of the Year: LCD Soundsystem

Best Collaboration: Gorillaz w/ Vince Staples РAscension 

Best Live Act: Mastodon

Best Local/Regional Live Act: We, the Creature

Best Album: (Local/Regional Act): Harnessing the SunRa Honey

Comeback of the Year: LCD Soundsystem

Best New Artist: Downlows

Lifetime Achievement: Queens of the Stone Age

  1. Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
  2. Converge – The Dusk In Us
  3. Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
  4. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  5. Queens of the Stone Age – Villians
  6. Kendrink Lamar – DAMN
  7. Slowdive – Slowdive
  8. Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence/Not the Actual Events
  9. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
  10. Harnessing the Sun – Ra Honey
  11. Spy Convention – Tidal
  12. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  13. Full of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy
  14. Poewer Trip – Nightmare Logic
  15. Code Orange – Forever
  16. Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven
  17. Idle Shades – The Time is Now
  18. Myrkur –¬†Mareridt
  19. Mutoid Man – War Moans
  20. Godflesh – Post Self
  21. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  22. Pallbeart – Heartless
  23. Roger Waters – Is This the Life We Really Want?
  24. Downlows – New Fun Places
  25. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
Killer Be Killed. Left to right: Max Cavalera, Troy Saunders, Dave Elitch and Greg Puciato .

Killer Be Killed. Left to right: Max Cavalera, Troy Saunders, Dave Elitch and Greg Puciato .

By Rick Polo (Editor-in-Chief)

The earth shook for fans of the Prog Rock/Metal community last year. When it was announced that members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, The Mars Volta and Soulfly were uniting for a secret project called Killer Be Killed, the buzz was immediate. As leaders of both modern progressive and heavy music, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon and The Mars Volta are held in high-regard as innovators. Coupled with the legendary Max Cavalera of Sepultura, Nailbomb and Soulfly fame, Killer Be Killed has been hyped as the supergroup of the generation for many.

The roots of Killer Be Killed were planted as early as 2011 when Cavalera and Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato announced that they would be working together on a collaborative project. Shortly thereafter, Mastodon bassist Troy Saunders and former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch hopped on board, and the project was officially born.

As many feel the popularity and impact of heavy music has severely dwindled in American over the last 10 years, this project promises the best of the best of what America has to offer. And while many of the genre’s contemporary heavy hitters are popping up from across the Atlantic (France’s Gojira. Poland’s Behemoth, etc.), Killer Be Killed may serve as the United States’ best representation of heavy music in over a decade.

Cavalera is no stranger to the international metal scene. For nearly 30 years, his long-standing influential presence has been felt, beginning with Brazilian thrash and Nu Metal pioneers Sepultura, and continuing with his current project, Soulfly. Puciato and The Dillinger Escape Plan have been captivating audiences since the late 90’s, successfully bridging the gaps between punk, post-hardcore, metal and progressive with their extreme brand of music. The Mars Volta rose from the ashes of the post-hardcore movement and successfully carried the torch of Prog Rock throughout the 00’s, and Mastodon have served as possibly the biggest heavy act of the last decade, slaying audiences with their Tool-meets-Metallica brand of sludgy, thrashy Progressive Metal.

In March of 2014, Killer Be Killed released two tracks from their upcoming self-titled debut via Nuclear Blast Records. “Wings of Feather and Wax” and “Face Down” are first glimpses into what these Prog titans have laid upon the world. Both tracks lean more toward the styles of thrash, reminiscent of older Mastodon and Sepultura records, and far cries from another The Mars Volta or The Dillinger Escape Plan have ever released. Still, the musicianship is tight, and the music is heavy! Both Saunders and Puciato share vocals on these particular tracks, and their vocal harmonies match surprisingly well.

“It’s a bit of Sabbath-y doom, a bit of thrash, a bit of hardcore and punk,” said Puciato in a press release. “Of any of our bands, it sounds the furthest from mine.”

With elements of tried-and-true classic heavy metal with modern touches from some of the genre’s finest, Killer Be Killed is set for genre domination, as well as to make a bold statement for American music, perhaps to inspire more contemporary acts away from trendy and “core” sub-genres and back to original heavy music influenced by many of its modern offshoots. At any rate, Killer Be Killed is the sound of now.

Killer Be Killed’s debut is set to be release May 13 via Nuclear Blast. As of press time, no announcements of live dates or a tour have been made.