The Dillinger Escape Plan
Calculating Infinity


5.0
classic

Review

by Taylor Jermolajew USER (39 Reviews)
February 20th, 2010 | 33 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When good bands write good songs.

Calculating Infinity, is without a doubt one of the best albums in history, The Dillinger Escape Plan essentially re-shaped how people would look at both Grindcore and Metalcore with this album.

Looking at DEP from a strictly technical perspective the talent of each member is undeniable, but technical prowess doesn’t always mean that a band is good. For example; the latest Between the Buried And Me album showcases incredible technical skill, but it’s also a pile of pretentious crap. This is where the difference in a band being technical and a band being The Dillinger Escape Plan is evident. Calculating Infinity is the epitome of well-structured, heavy, technical music.

Combining complex time signatures and passionate aggression, the album is the perfect example of good song writing. Every track makes use of each band member’s technical skill, but how each individual part comes together is what makes it all worthwhile. Throughout the album the listener is treated to numerous drum patterns all perfectly synchronized with the rest of the instruments, never completely dominating the sound but never being pushed about by other aspects of the band.

The guitar work is stellar, incredibly technical, at the same time crushingly heavy and all the while fitting the songs perfectly. The best part about the guitar work is that it never enters the realms of over-indulgence making the listen all that more enjoyable. The same goes for the bass work thudding along and keeping everything tightly-knit. As an additional aspect of sound the band makes use of minor levels of electronic sounds; these help not only to enhance the atmosphere of the album but also to add another aspect to the band’s overall sound.

The album itself conveys a sense of claustrophobia, every sound is layered on top of another and yet despite this piling of sounds everything is noticeably separated. Never does one sound outweigh another; no one member dominates the others. The music is so well structured that it’s almost hypnotic in the way it’s presented. The vocals are what break this trance; Dimitri Minakakis is the voice of the group, ripping through the instrumental performance asserting his presence and delivering a furious, sometimes incomprehensible message to the listener. In regard to Minakakis it’s not so much what he’s saying as it is how he’s saying it. His voice conveys a distinct sense of urgency demanding your attention.

Beyond this not much more can be said, everything on this album is perfect. There’s never a situation where the band becomes over-indulgent, there’s nothing boring, nothing is out of place, the album simply has no flaws. What The Dillinger Escape Plan accomplished with this album is beyond incredible. Never mind the influence this album had, everything on this album is beyond what just about any band could ever dream to accomplish, few bands are capable of producing an album in which there are no weak points, but this album does achieve this feat. Beyond that everything is secondary. The influence, the place in heavy music history, all of these are just additional credits the band receives for creating one of the most well designed pieces of music in history. None of it matters, because the album is perfect all on its own.



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AtavanHalen
February 20th 2010


17927 Comments


Hmmm, definitely not your best BJ. Lots of work to be done, especially in the first few paragraphs.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
February 20th 2010


1134 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I didn't really expect it to be great. I've just being trying to get back in the swing of writing seeing as Uni's back. Plus I wanted to give this a 5.

Piglet
February 20th 2010


4659 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don't listen to Wollongong, listen to Adelaide. Good review

LeotardMessiah
February 20th 2010


374 Comments


At least fix the first sentence

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2010


21473 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Love this album.

Digging: Aspherium - The Fall of Therenia

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2010


21473 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh shit. Listening to "Clip the Apex..." again, I just realized that the drums at the end of the song are playing the same rhythm as that heavy riff in "Van Damsel". I knew it sounded fimiliar.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
February 20th 2010


1134 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The chugging towards the end of 43% Burnt is also quite similar to Sunshine The Werewolf.

mmfarva
February 20th 2010


1352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely their best album.

Motiv3
February 20th 2010


8939 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

review comes across as fanboyish, album is great but not THAT great imo.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
February 20th 2010


1134 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah but you gave The Great Misdirect a 5 and this album is so much better.

NeutralThunder12
February 20th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol no it's not.

NeutralThunder12
February 20th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the palace of wisdom is really not a good name for you... Miss Machine is better than this, and I think that if they refine some of the bad stuff from Ire Works, that the experimentation will work this time and Option Paralysis may turn out to be their best. Oh and in no way is this better than The Great Misdirect.

NeutralThunder12
February 20th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Looking at DEP from a strictly technical perspective the talent of each member is undeniable, but technical prowess doesn’t always mean that a band is good. For example; the latest Between the Buried And Me album showcases incredible technical skill, but it’s also a pile of pretentious crap."- Correct, but condescending music is just so entertaining. Don't express your hatred for Between the Buried and Me's masterful progression since their self titled, focus more on your review, which was decent, but kind of lame and awkward at certain points.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2010


21473 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

inafterpointlesstriplepost

DiceMan
February 20th 2010


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

123 @ Insurrection.


This album is better than anything that BTBAM have done period.

NeutralThunder12
February 20th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would disagree, in fact, I think that Dillinger have done better. Though this is clearly their most important contribution to the mathcore genre.

NeutralThunder12
February 20th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Though again, this is still an awesome record.

DiceMan
February 20th 2010


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Naa, Miss Machine was great but this was just better.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2010


21473 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Both are pretty different from one another.

NeutralThunder12
February 20th 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

true, I just think that when compared, Miss Machine is a much more engaging listen, I find myself listening to Sunshine the Werewolf and a few others more than anything on here. I think Miss Machine is simply the more interesting and diverse listen.



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