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Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato on His Upcoming Album With Max Cavalera

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Back in 2011, the news leaked out that Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato was teaming up with guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, ex-Sepultura) for a new musical project.

The two had joined forces before for the Soulfly song ‘Rise of the Fallen’ which can be found on the 2009 Omen album.

While chatting with Puciato about Dillinger Escape Plan’s next studio album, Noisecreep’s Mike Gitter asked the vocalist an update on the Cavalera project.

So Greg, what’s up with the record you’ve been supposed to record with Max Cavalera that there have been whispers about for some time now.

“We have 11 songs written. It’s me, Max, Troy [Sanders] from Mastodon and Dave Elitch, who played drums in Mars Volta for a little bit. Here’s how it started. We were at a Deftones show in LA at the Palladium and we were talking backstage about old thrash metal, punk and hardcore and we found ourselves referencing many of the same things and we were like ‘fuck man we should make a record together and do it as a one-off like Nailbomb (Max’s 1994 side project with Fudge Tunnel‘s Alex Newport).’ A month later, I talked to Max again and he said we should actually do that.

“No one in metal makes collaborative records like people in jazz and hip-hop do. It doesn’t have to be like a band that you’re launching from the ground that you go on tour with. There is something to be said for collaboration and throwing yourself out there and learning something new from working with different people. Dave was a buddy of mine already and he’s a phenomenal drummer. He was the first person I thought of to play drums.

“We [Dillinger Escape Plan] spent a lot of time touring with Mastodon and Troy seemed like a really obvious fit. We had a really easy time writing and we may actually be recording really soon, like in the next month or so. And then we’ll have to sit on it. We can’t release it right behind the Dillinger record and we also have to figure out when the Mastodon record is coming out and the same for whatever Max is doing next. It’s going to come out. It’s just going to be a matter of logistics as to when.”

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