The 10 Best Rock Supergroups Of All Time!
This year we've seen the emergence of Gone Is Gone, AKA At The Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar, who’s roped in Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders, Queens Of The Stone Age axeman Troy Van Leeuwen and keyboardist Mike Zarin. It already sounds like we have a brilliant new supergroup on our hands. But which bands are they duelling it out with for the crown? Here we present The 10 Best Rock Supergroups Of All Time...
10. THE DAMNED THINGS
Whaddya mean ‘strange bedfellows’? There’s always been that natural, easily-traced line between Fall Out Boy and Anthrax. It was only a matter of time before Scott Ian teamed up with one half of Team FOB… We’ll stop being facetious. Because, actually, Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman’s love for the heavier end of music didn’t make this as much of a surprise as it might have seemed. Throw in Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley, concentrating more on singing than yelling, and you have a combination that worked better than you’d think on paper.
9. THE BLACK QUEEN
What’s surprising about this band made up of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s human-gorilla frontman Greg Puciato, ex-Nine Inch Nails man Joshua Eustis and electronics whizz Steven Alexander isn’t that they’re largely guitar-free electro-pop, but that it’s so perfectly-formed. Clearly, this is not the work of men picking around with computers and sequencers. This is people who’ve spent long nights being caressed by electro moods that it’s become embedded in their bones. Presumably that’s how you unwind after shitting on stages and breathing fire into the audience with Dillinger.
8. IGGY POP & JOSH HOMME
Lots of good things happen at the Kerrang! Awards. Most of them too blue to print. But here’s one rock'n'roll pairing we’re proud to have brokered at our annual knees-up: Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age main-brain Josh Homme. With the Ginger Elvis’ smooth guitars and Iggy’s overpowering poet’s voice, it’s as surprising as white milk that their Post-Pop Depression album is a total winner. Cool as all hell.
7. KILLER BE KILLED
If you’re going to put together a really, really heavy band, there are worse people to start with than Max Cavalera from Soulfly/Sepultura. But then you make it REALLY heavy by adding Troy Sanders from Mastodon, Greg Puciato from The Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge drummer Ben Koller. What do we know about at least two of these men? They like making supergroups. What else? Well, from the evidence of KBK’s savage self-titled album, they also like making really loud noises.
6. VELVET REVOLVER
Before 'That Reunion', Slash and Duff McKagan shared a post-GN'R stage together from 2002 until 2008 with supergroup Velvet Revolver. Teaming them with former GN'R drummer Matt Sorum, guitarist Dave Kushner and the late frontman Scott Weiland, of Stone Temple Pilots, over six unstable years they proved as undependable as Guns before their eventual collapse. But some of the music they left behind would proudly grace albums by any of their prior bands. Long since mooted for a possible return, with Scott's 2015 passing and the band's most high-profile due involved in some other project you might have heard of, the chances of seeing VR back onstage together again seems to have all but faded.
5. THEM CROOKED VULTURES
Dave Grohl knows everybody. Dave Grohl’s tried to start a band with everybody. And we’ll be honest, we’re just a bit jealous that John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin – you know, that Led Zeppelin – agreed to jam with him and Josh Homme in Them Crooked Vultures. We’d hate Dave Grohl for being such a jammy, talented bastard, if he was’t so ruddy, bloody nice.
You know how we just said Dave Grohl knows everybody? That wasn't a lie. He proved it for the billionth time by recording a bunch of collaborations with everyone from Cronos to Max Cavalera and King Diamond under the name Probot. Hell, one song saw Lemmy and Dave smash things up together. The result? We'll let Shake Your Blood do the talking.
The real shock about Audioslave was that they lived up to the ridiculous levels of hype. In theory, taking the killer musical muscle of Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, Timmy C and Brad Wilk, and throwing Soundgarden's Chris Cornell over the top, shouldn't have really worked. Different styles and all that. But it did. Big time. Their self-titled 2002 debut album was an instant classic that gave us Zeppelin-esque anthem Cochise (you know the one with all the fireworks in the video). Somewhat annoyingly, a lot of people tend to overlook how good their other two records were – especially 2006's Revelations. We can't exactly complain that their split paved the way for RATM and Soundgarden to reform… but can't we have all three? WE. WANT. A. REUNION.
The wheeze: when your band and all your mates’ bands are on downtime (no, no pun intended), you record a demo of Black Sabbath-y metal and put it out in the tape-trading underground without telling anyone who was involved. Then Philip H. Anselmo, Pepper Keenan, Kirk Windstein and Jimmy Bower went back out on the road to continue their day jobs in Pantera, Corrosion Of Conformity, Crowbar and EyeHateGod respectively, and laughed to themselves as they saw how far the music had got. Their cover was eventually blown, but somehow this didn’t stop Down becoming one of metal’s biggest bands, and carrying on for two decades. Weird.
1. A PERFECT CIRCLE
Maynard James Keenan pulled off the impossible with A Perfect Circle… he formed a new band every bit as revered as Tool. The calibre of musicians that have played in it is stunning: Billy Howerdel, James Iha, Jeff Friedl, Troy Van Leeuwen, Danny Lohner, Paz Lenchantin, Josh Freese and more. The only thing more stunning is the music. Their two albums were soaring, soul-burning affairs. Hell, even their 2004 covers album, eMOTIVe, was incredible. They haven't played since 2014, but we're still holding out for more music and more tours. Please.
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