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Greg Puciato (Ex-THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) Discusses New Solo Album & KILLER BE KILLED

Puciato has a lot of irons in the fire right now.

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Greg Puciato (The Black Queen, Killer Be Killed, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan) will release his debut solo album Child Soldier: Creator of God later this year. We heard the first single "Fire for Water" last week, which featured ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Chris Pennie. The single also marked the first time Puciato and Pennie worked together on new music since The Dillinger Escape Plan's 2004 album Miss Machine.

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Now in an interview with Kerrang!, Puciato reveals he's also tapped drummer Chris Hornbrook (Poison The Well) and Ben Koller (Converge) for the record.

“Everything except for the drums. Some of it is electronic and doesn’t have drums – in which case I’ve programmed them or had Nick Rowe help me. But I’ve known Chris Hornbrook since we were 23. He knows how to hit a drum. For a lot of the songs on this record, I knew he was the guy. And then Ben Koller – who drums in Killer Be Killed, Converge and All Pigs Must Die – is on a track. Chris Pennie, the original Dillinger drummer, is on a track, too. He’s also done some orchestration and additional instrumentation on a few tracks as well.”

Puciato also discusses new The Black Queen and Killer Be Killed. He's also very careful not to talk too much about what Killer Be Killer has been up to, later adding "we’ve definitely said we’re not going to make any claims as to when it’ll come out or when it’s gonna be done" and "I don’t want to muddy the waters, because we’ve all made a pact that none of us are going to be the person who fucks up and says more than we should say."

“Oh, really early – I can’t imagine that record coming out until 2021. And then we’ve been working on the second Killer Be Killed record for years now, too. I’m guessing that’ll be out before the Black Queen record. Federal Prisoner has all the stuff happening besides my release. But that’s good. When the universe gives you an opening, and when it gives you work to do, you’ve got to do that work. This solo record was a massive outpouring that took a lot out of me. I kind of need a minute to let the Black Queen stuff start coming from a place of want instead of feeling like, ‘Oh my God, I have to write a Black Queen record right now.’ Steve can work on his end, and start compiling stuff. When I feel naturally recharged, I’ll hop back in.”

Puciato worked with producer Nick Rowe (Lamb Of God, Soulfly, Trivium) on the album.

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