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The Black Queen provides a former metal front man a place to breathe

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Greg Puciato is a busy man. Even before his main gig as front man of long-running technical metalcore outfit the Dillinger Escape Plan ended in 2017, he was already in two other bands: metal supergroup Killer Be Killed (with Soulfly’s Max Cavalera and Mastodon’s Troy Sanders) and the Black Queen, a dark electronic act he founded in 2015 with Telefon Tel Aviv’s Joshua Eustis and guitar tech Steven Alexander. He’s also an author who recently self-published his debut book of poetry and photography, Separate the Dawn. Puciato’s falsetto croons (he cited R&B star Maxwell as an influence in a recent interview with Kerrang! on the Black Queen’s second album, 2018’s Infinite Games), might seem a complete about-face from the caustic howling he displayed in Dillinger, but he told Revolver that he sees the Black Queen's music as a reaction to the nihilism and rage of Dillinger—a needed "counterpoint" to those emotions. When placed in that context, the vulnerability in Puciato’s voice as it floats above sparse but pulsating soundscapes crafted by Eustis and Alexander makes perfect sense—Infinite Games is the calm after a nearly 20-year storm.   v

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