Napalm Death, Mastodon, Soilwork, Faith No More Members Announce Supergroup

Producer Russ Russell exclusively reveals details of Tronos project.

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Iconic metal producer Russ Russell exclusively revealed a new supergroup project featuring members of Napalm Death, Soilwork, Faith No More and Mastodon working on new music for the past 18 months. Gathering up Shane Embury, Dirk Verbeuren, Billy Gould and Troy Sanders under the Tronos name, the band is still very much in the making process and still looking for a vocalist similar in style to Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke. "For some time now - once again it's me and Mr. Shane Embury from Napalm Death, we're glued together like Siamese brothers - we've been talking for years about doing a project, 'cause we love Celtic Frost and then when Triptykon came along we were just like 'Oh my God this is fantastic, we need to do something like this!'" the producer explained Team Rock Radio.

"But also crossed with - we have a great love of all things ambient and floaty like Cocteau Twins. You know, as much reverb and chorus and delay you can put on a guitar as possible and make nice aerial, floaty, beautiful sounds." After explaining the group's sound, Russel went on to reveal the band members, naming several major players of the metal domain. "[Embury] said 'OK, we need to find a drummer.' He said, 'Actually, Dirk Verbeuren from Soilwork, he's been asking for ages to do a project together, let's see if he's interested.' So we emailed him a track, we went to bed, got up the next morning and he'd sent back the finished drums, done. We went 'Wow, that was easy.' So we wrote two more songs the next day, we sent them to him - the next day, two more finished drum tracks, delivered." Russ continued, "Who else can we get on it? Shane said, 'I don't really wanna play bass, I wanna play guitar on this project, so we need to find a bass player - I know, how about Billy Gould from Faith No More?' He did a few bass tracks, sent them over, they're absolutely fantastic, just so recognizably him." Furthermore, the two contacted Troy Sanders as the second bassist and noted that the band is looking for a vocalist. "I would like something in the style of Jaz Coleman," Russel added, also revealing that Silje Wergeland from the Gathering will contribute with "really nice floaty female epic vocal parts."

The initial supergroup idea had much of the metal community excited, so what do you think the project might ultimately sound like? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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    second... bassist?
    Thats just like... doubling up every problem a band can have!
    You should check out Shrum if you haven't done so yet. They have 2 bassists and no guitarist.
    Mastodon seems to take part to a certain amount of supergroup recently ?
    How is Troy Sanders going to find time to be in two supergroups outside of Mastodon? Badass
    So there are two Supergroups that have a member of Mastodon in em? Cool. Though I want to see a Supergroup with members of: Red Fang, Mastodon, The Sword, and High On Fire. I'd prefer the line-up to be something like Rhythm Guitar/Lead Guitar/Vocalist - Matt Pike Rhythm Guitar/Lead Guitar - Kyle Shutt Bassist/Vocalist - Aaron Beam Drummer/Back-up Vocalist - Brann Dailor
    I was going to assume it was Mike Patton from Faith No More. He's in like a gazillion bands anyway (not that that is a bad thing)
    Aren't Billy Gould and Troy Sanders both bass players???
    Vicryl 2.0
    if only you read it entirely, then you would know that Batman also plays bass for this supergroup.
    I hear Pete Wentz is going to be 3rd bassist and James Hetfield is going to play the table.
    FREAK YEAH!!! What a lineup! Billy Gould is such a very underrated Bass Player. He is one of my all time favorites. He also did side band work with people such as Dino Cazares in the Band Brujeria, Maynard James Keenan Tom Morello, and Brad Wilk in the band Shandi's Addiction. And also did an Album with the Norwegian band Harmful (They sound like Helmet)He played guitar on that album
    Troy Sanders might just be doing vocals if they've got Billy Gould from Faith No More on bass. That being said, I can't wait to hear it. Billy Gould is incredible.
    Sounds amazing. Screw finding someone 'in the style of,' if they actually get almighty Jaz Coleman on vocals this could be the best supergroup since Bad Company.