The Killing Tree (sometimes abbreviated as TKT) was a metalcore band from Chicago, Illinois. They were another band of Tim McIlrath (Rise Against's lead singer), and also contain a former guitarist from Rise Against, Todd Mohney.
The Killing Tree was formed shortly before McIlrath's other band, Rise Against. McIlrath on guitar, Reu on bass, and Remis on drums. In an interview, McIlrath told the interviewer "I used to play in a band called Baxter with Geoff Reu and Remis, and we always had an itch to do heavier music. After Baxter broke up we would have sporadic, impromptu jam sessions in my basement for a year, with no real intention of starting anything. We actually had a female roommate at the time singing for us for a while! Either way, the songs began to take shape and we realized we needed someone else to complete the chaos, so we enlisted Todd to shred with us, and all the pieces fell into place. After we completed a number of songs we realized that what started out as fun we thought might actually go over well. " McIlrath was concerned that Rise Against's record label, Fat Wreck Chords would not want him recording with a different band, so all members of The Killing Tree used false identities when performing and recording. The Killing Tree has not had any albums or EPs released since 2003.