Dillinger Escape Plan

The Dillinger Escape Plan

Dillinger Escape Plan - The Dillinger Escape Plan ©1997 Now Or Never
1. Proceed With Caution
2. I Love Secret Agents
3. Monticello
4. Cleopatra's Sling
5. Caffiene
6. Three For Flinching (revenge Of The Porno Clowns)

The Dillinger Escape Plan has always been just a little atypical of the grindcore world. Featuring an ability to actually play their instruments with some degree of lethal precision, these guys show that musical ability as well as festering, unbridled rage can actually match up fairly well in tandem. Locking together warped guitar lines, screamed and shouted vocals and complex rhythms, the band doesn't just give into the temptation to wildly rage on their instruments. This short album actually would appeal to fans of more technical thrash metal as well as the crustier crowd that they probably do already appeal to. With a lot of this sort of harsh, angry and primal music, I can only listen to it when I'm feeling quite surly, but rest assured this album and band is a couple notches above the rest of the crowd.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/1999

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Under The Running Board

Dillinger Escape Plan - Under The Running Board ©1998 Relapse
1. The Mullet Burden
2. Sandbox Magician
3. Abe The Cop

Oh gee...another grindcore band. And this time they promise they're "stellar" musicians. Sounds like an iffy proposition to me. Generally I've found that but a few grindcore bands are even remotely worthwhile so I put this three song minidisc on with the Review Guns® set on "Mutilate". But my venomous pen has been sheathed and I must say these guys aren't terribly bad. In other words, they actually have moments that resemble songs. While good chunks of these songs are unmitigated noise assaults where the band just goes willy-nilly on their instruments, they tend to slow things up and throw in actual musical ability just when you're ready to chuck the CD out the window. In "Sandbox Magician", there are some interesting guitar moments and the closer "Abe the Cop" has moments of nice heaviness. As with any grindcore band you'd better be a fan of the genre before you pick this up, but it is certainly better than a lot of the pure nonsense being paraded around in that scene.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/1998

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Calculating Infinity

Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity ©1999 Relapse
1. Sugar Coated Sour
2. 43% Burnt
3. Jim Fear
4. *#
5. Destro's Secret
6. The Running Board
7. Clip The Apex...accept Instruction
8. Calculating Infinity
9. 4th Grade Dropout
10. Weekend Sex Change
11. Variations On A Cocktail Dress

Relapse Records have done a great service for the worlds of punk, noiserock and metal by plying Dillinger Escape Plan to the malletheaded masses. See, rarely has a band so religiously adhered to grindcore's blasting force of impact with the quirks of American chaoticore and the boundless energy of Deadguy. The hype surrounding their musicianship is not to be overlooked: these songs are extremely abruptive. Throw in some jazz breaks and harmonic embellishments, and you've got music with virtutally no margin for error.

But I simply must expound on their demeanor. For, truth be known, Dillinger are in fact heavily in debt to Deadguy. Both bands simply crash right into one's cerebral cortex, with a blitz of screeching mania: vocalist/lunatic swaggering around the room to heaving noise, dissonent, obscure harmonics and a terrifying sense of cohesion. Whereas Deadguy were more fly-off-the-handle, Dillinger seem refined, to a fine point - hacking up ground, coming straight for your face. But are Dillinger aping Deadguy? Of course not. They've used similar tools, followed similar genre cues, and like Cave In, or Botch, are making it their own.

The Dillinger Escape Plan are not entirely unique when one considers the scene from which they arose. That said, there are few bands doing this thing with as much ambition and gusto, as blazingly evidenced by Calculting Infinity, amazingly the band's first full-length. Here's to many more.

Review by Lee Steadham

Review date: 11/1999

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