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Mastodon’s Troy Sanders is Joining Max Cavalera and Greg Puciato’s Supergroup


Troy Sanders / Max Cavalera / Greg Puciato

Max Cavalera and Greg Puciato go way back, so we weren’t all that surprised to learn in early 2011 that the two were collaborating on a new supergroup side-project. We were, however, surprised (delightfully so) to learn this past March that the Soulfly and Dillinger Escape Plan frontmen had added Nate Newton (Converge, Old Man Gloom) and Dave Elitch (The Mars Volta) to their new project’s ranks. Even more surprising still: today we find out that Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders will be participating in the project as well.

The news come from Cavalera himself during an interview on a Singapore radio show [via Metal Injection]:

Troy [Sanders] from Mastodon just joined the band, too, so now we’ve got three singers for the project, which is also really killer. I’m really excited about that, too. I think it’s gonna be a very original project. I don’t know any other metal projects out there with three people singing like this. So it can be almost like a Transplants of metal. Transplants had three singers; this also has three singers, and it can be very, very great. I’m following, in a lot of ways, some of the same footsteps as Nailbomb [Max’s mid-1990s project with Alex Newport of Fudge Tunnel] in my approach to this project — 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. We are working on the [music] in December and then we’re hoping to get in the studio in January. The main thing we don’t have is a name.

This band will almost certainly never tour due to the overwhelming commitments of the various members’ day job bands, but hearing what this record will sound like it still a tantalizing prospect.

For those not familiar with Nailbomb, here’s a taste:

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