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Ben Koller

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Instruments  Drum kit
Years active  1997–present

Name  Ben Koller
Role  Musician
Born  July 29, 1980 (age 35) (1980-07-29)
Origin  Massachusetts, United States
Genres  Hardcore punk, heavy metal, metalcore, progressive rock
Labels  Deathwish, Epitaph, Equal Vision, Hydra Head
Associated acts  Acid Tiger, All Pigs Must Die, Cave In, Converge, Force Fed Glass, Mutoid Man, Killer Be Killed
Movies  Converge: The Long Road Home
Music groups  Converge (Since 1999), Cave In, All Pigs Must Die
Albums  Jane Doe, All We Love We Leave Be, You Fail Me, Axe to Fall, The Poacher Diaries
Similar People  Stephen Brodsky, Nate Newton, Kurt Ballou, Jacob Bannon, Aaron Dalbec

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Ben Koller (born July 29, 1980) is an American drummer currently in Converge, Mutoid Man, Killer be Killed and All Pigs Must Die. He started playing a full drum kit at age 14.


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Early bands

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Koller played in the bands, Where's Ben? and Bastian, before playing in the grindcore band Force Fed Glass. He started playing for the band in 1997. Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, who is also a successful producer, recorded an album for Force Fed Glass. Ballou later started a side project called Blue/Green Heart and selected Koller as his drummer having already been familiar with his talent from Force Fed Glass. Blue/Green Heart only released one demo album, Self Esteem Through Modern Science.

Converge (1999–present)

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Koller joined Converge in 1999, replacing former drummer Damon Bellorado. Familiar with his work in previous bands, Ballou selected Koller to temporarily fill-in while Converge searched for a more permanent replacement for the recently departed Bellorado. After working well with the band during some local shows in Boston, Converge made him an official member. Koller's first studio release with Converge was 2001's Jane Doe released through Equal Vision Records.

Acid Tiger (2009–2010)

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Acid Tiger is Koller's psychedelic punk side project with Lukas Previn (The A.K.A.s), Adam Wentworth (Bloodhorse / All Pigs Must Die), and J Rattlesnake. Previn described the band as having, "no plan or guideline for us other than getting our friends in a room and playing all the riffs we had that didn't work for the other bands we are in." Acid Tiger signed to Deathwish Inc. in July 2009, and released their self-titled debut on April 27, 2010.

All Pigs Must Die (2009–present)

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All Pigs Must Die is a heavy metal band composed of Kevin Baker of The Hope Conspiracy and Ben Koller in addition to Adam Wentworth and Matt Woods of Bloodhorse. The former of which is also a part of Acid Tiger. All Pigs Must Die is signed to Nonbeliever Records, an imprint label of Shirts & Destroy. Their debut EP, which was recorded at Ballou's GodCity studios, was released in October 2010. In 2011, they released their first full length called God Is War.

Mutoid Man (2012–present)

Koller recorded some songs as a two-piece band with Stephen Brodsky of Cave In in mid-2012 under the name Mutoid Man. The project was properly announced in March 2013, and its debut EP, Helium Head, was released in November 2013 through Magic Bullet Records. Describing the sound of the new project, Brodsky said, "The material picks up from where we left off with the Cave In Shapeshifter/Dead Already cassingle, written with Ben in the band. The two of us ran with that sound and formula and took it as far as we could go." Koller and Brodsky were later joined by bassist Nick Cageao to form a three-piece band, and will release their first full-length album Bleeder on June 30, 2015 through Sargent House. The band released their 2nd full length album, War Moans, in June 2017.

Killer Be Killed (2015–present)

Koller filled in for Killer Be Killed's drummer Dave Elitch for their 2015 Soundwave performance. Elitch had a schedule conflict; his other band Antemasque was also scheduled to play at the festival. As of July 30, 2015, Koller is now the permanent drummer of Killer Be Killed.

Other projects

In 2005, Cave In drummer John-Robert Conners left the band after a wrist injury that prevented him from being able to play. Ben Koller became his temporary replacement during Cave In's tour in support of their fourth studio album, Perfect Pitch Black. Before the group went on hiatus in 2006, the band recorded two songs with Koller. The two songs, "Dead Already" and "Shapeshifter," were released together on a limited edition cassette single sold during 2005 and 2006 tours. Conners returned to Cave In when they reunited in 2009.

Koller is also rumored to be a member of the screamo band United Nations. Because the group members are contractually obligated to remain anonymous, the true lineup of the band has not been officially released. The only member not under contract is Geoff Rickly of Thursday. Promotional images depict four people wearing Ronald Reagan masks, and other rumored band members include Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw and Chris Conger of The Number Twelve Looks Like You.

In 2010, Ben Koller became the temporary touring replacement for John-Robert Conners in his side project Doomriders, which also features Nate Newton of Converge and Old Man Gloom. Conners left Doomriders to put more focus on Cave In and his family.

Force Fed Glass

  • When Backs Are Turned, Knives Are Pulled (1998)
  • The Self Destruct EP (1999)
  • Discography (2003)
  • Blue/Green Heart

  • Self Esteem Through Modern Science (2002)
  • Converge

  • Jane Doe (2001)
  • You Fail Me (2004)
  • No Heroes (2006)
  • Axe to Fall (2009)
  • All We Love We Leave Behind (2012)
  • Cave In

  • "Dead Already" / "Shapeshifter" (2005)
  • Acid Tiger

  • Acid Tiger (2010)
  • All Pigs Must Die

  • All Pigs Must Die (2010)
  • God Is War (2011)
  • Nothing Violates This Nature (2013)
  • Mutoid Man

  • Helium Head (2013)
  • Bleeder (2015)
  • War Moans (2017)
  • References

    Ben Koller Wikipedia

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