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The Dillinger Escape Plan

The Dillinger Escape Plan is an experimental mathcore band that integrates metal, hardcore, free jazz, varying timesignatures, andelectronicsamples.They are known for the intensity and too close for comfort violence of their liveshows,which have been known to featurestage-diving and fire-breathing. The band is rumored to choose their music's timesignatures with the aid of dice, or with the use of some kindofcode, but this is purelyspeculation. What isn't speculation istheir technical prowess.The band's name refers to John Dillinger, ainfamousAmerican criminal who madenumerous bankheis ...read more

The Dillinger Escape Plan is an experimental mathcore band that integrates metal, hardcore, free jazz, varying timesignatures, andelectronicsamples.They are known for the intensity and too close for comfort violence of their liveshows,which have been known to featurestage-diving and fire-breathing. The band is rumored to choose their music's timesignatures with the aid of dice, or with the use of some kindofcode, but this is purelyspeculation. What isn't speculation istheir technical prowess.The band's name refers to John Dillinger, ainfamousAmerican criminal who madenumerous bankheist sand prison breaks in the 1930's.Even though the name was spontaneously chosenduringthedissolution of theirpreviousband,Arcane, it metaphorically represents the band's style since Mr. Dillinger's solution to everything wasto"shootyour way out."[in-depthbiography]...The Dillinger Escape Plan arose out of the ashes of a mediocre 'Jersey hardcore bandnamedArcanein the late 1990's. Arcane consisted ofDmitri Minakakis (vocals), Ben Weinman (guitar),Chris Pennie(percussion), Adam Doll(bass), andJeffBrantley (guitar). The group recorded a demo forNow or Never Records under thename 'The Dillinger Escape Plan' and immediately theblandband Arcane was no more. Before their first shows underthenew name, Brantley left the bandand wasquickly replaced by the giftedguitaristJohn Fulton. After recognition (mainly fromthe buzz surroundingtheir liveshows) and acontract from Relapse Records the bandrecorded theUnder the RunningBoard EP and soon afterwards Fulton left the bandand was replaced by former JesuitguitaristBrianBenoit.Shortly before the recording of the breakthrough full length,Calculating Infinity,Adam Doll was paralyzed fromthechestdown in a car accident and would eventually be replaced with formerStarkweather bassist Liam Wilson.Thetechnically proficientjazzand grindinfluenced full lengthCalculating Infinity gained theband some serious attention,and arguably for thisreason, longstandingotherpersonal reasons the band's vocalist Dmitri Minakakis left the band. Theband allowed for open auditions toreplace himbypostinginstrumentalversion of one of their most famous tracks, 43%Burnt, on their website and allowing anyone to perform their own vocals forthesong. Theband decided on Baltimore, MDnative Greg Puciato. In the meantime,Sean Ingram ofCoalesce and MikePatton of FaithNoMoredid someguest vocals for the band. Patton even worked with the other members whilst recording the IronyIs ADeadSceneEP.In 2004, RelapseRecords released the band's first full length album with new singer Greg Puciatoentitled MissMachine.Itturned out to be a major success but didshow a significant change in Dillinger's sound. Also in 2004 whiletouring for their new release,Benoitsuffered nerve damage to his left hand and hasbeen unable to tour with the bandsince.In late 2006, founding member Chris Pennie,lefttheband to joinCoheed and Cambria afterDillinger toured withthenew prog outfit that year. To replace Benoit, JeffTuttle(formerlyofHeadsWill Roll and [L]Capture the Flag[/L]) joinedthe band. Gil Sharone ofthe avantgarde band StolenBabiestookover percussion dutiesfor their newest album IreWorks, which was released in 2007 byRelapseRecords.IreWorks has been metwith mixed reviews asitfeaturedmuch more electronics and less of the chaotic hardcore-infused metalthat the band became famous for.Currently, it isunknown ifSharone is still a permanent member of the band.For thetime being, a young lad namedBillyRhymer is takingoverdrum duties for the band'slive shows.In the summer of 2009, after Relapse allowed their contract to expire, the bandsignedwith independentlabel Season of Mist.Season of Mist is best known for their array of foreign pure metal bands, butrecently released a major hit withlegendaryAmericanprogressive metal outfit Cynic and their reunion album Traced InAir.Ben Weinman (the band's only remainingfoundingmember) has saidthat the yplan to release a new album early in2010 and it is expected that the band will be back in studio with long-time producerSteveEvettsin July of 2009. Weinmanhas expressed his desire to have Dillinger's music appeal to a underground fan base andhas said that theirnewmaterial isdark and dreary with heavy thrash metal influence. « hide

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2016

4.2
609 Votes
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4
1,785 Votes
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2010

4.1
2,600 Votes
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2007

3.7
2,429 Votes
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2004

4.1
2,499 Votes
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1999

4.2
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2006

2.5
274 Votes
Irony Is a Dead Scene
2002

4.1
1,304 Votes
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1998

3.8
474 Votes
The Dillinger Escape Plan
1997

3.5
291 Votes
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Cursed, Unshaven and Misbehavin'
2003

3.2
27 Votes
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2002

3.4
13 Votes
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2008

4
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