The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Dillinger Escape Plan


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Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (68 Reviews)
March 16th, 2013 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Where it all began.

If you’re a metalcore fan and you haven’t listened to Calculating Infinity, you’re doing something wrong. Along with Converge’s Jane Doe, Calculating Infinity is widely regarded as a milestone in technical metalcore (or ‘mathcore’), combining ridiculous atonal guitar melodies and fierce drumming by Chris Pennie, topped with some of the most emotionally fuelled screams the genre has to offer – simply put, it was a masterpiece. The Dillinger Escape Plan wasn’t always so brilliant though. Their first official release, 1997’s The Dillinger Escape Plan EP, was a rocky start for the now legendary metalcore act, but as a standalone listen you can’t help but appreciate how far they’ve come and how much potential was present from the very beginning.

The EP begins with an instrumental intro that’s borderline soothing for TDEP’s standards, which then leads into the first real track on the album ‘I Love Secret Agents’. It’s not as technically mind-blowing as anything off Calculating nor does it have their signature stop-start spastic riffing style, but the atonality is there along with their signature rawness they would come to fully realize in later releases. TDEP is also the most blatantly punk influenced thing they’ve put out. ‘Three for Flinching (Revenge of the Porno Clowns)’ begins with a standard punk beat before progressing into one of the most powerful outros of the EP with Dimitri screaming, ”You laugh, stop laughing!” repeatedly under his main vocal track, closing the 15-minute EP with a swift kick in the nuts.

Even though it hardly compares to their later works, TDEP’s first release is a clusterfuck of face melting guitar work and sheer punk influenced madness. Upon listening to this EP, you’ll quickly come to realize how TDEP became as big in the metalcore scene as they are today.



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2013


21504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Been jamming them a lot since they released Prancer so ive been listening to all their shit

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nononsense
March 15th 2013


3418 Comments


Have a pos, mate!

KILL
March 15th 2013


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rocks

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joshieboy12345
March 15th 2013


5371 Comments


Rules.

MichaelSnoxall
March 15th 2013


12163 Comments


technical metalcore (or ‘mathcore’)

Mathcore is actually a crossover genre of math rock and metalcore, but still it basically just means technical metalcore (I don't like using the term mathcore anyway). Good review though, pos.

MichaelSnoxall
March 15th 2013


12163 Comments


double post

cagedescending
March 15th 2013


4124 Comments


i think this could've done with a little more detail on what exactly made it such a 'rocky start', but otherwise good shit mayne

SadAndHolyGlow
March 16th 2013


1526 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review. It truly describes just how crazy TDEP can be.

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TheSpirit
March 16th 2013


17940 Comments


goodo review dawg

LeviofDoom
March 16th 2013


328 Comments


Great review man.

BigPleb
March 16th 2013


37367 Comments


Kill likes DEP?

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Owantjaaaa
March 16th 2013


3341 Comments


This is the only album i have not heard by tdep
I always see this in record stores for around 23 euros so i've always ignored it

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demigod!
March 16th 2013


44786 Comments


yeah i've never heard this either

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MoosechriS
March 16th 2013


5036 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool review dude

MrElmo
March 16th 2013


1955 Comments


the only dep I can find in french music stores, well apart for ire works, there always seem to be 5 of those in a corner.....

wacknizzle
March 16th 2013


13514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review Andrew, this ep kicks ass and more ppl need to hear it. This and Calculating Infinity were so forward thinking and innovative for their time in underground hardcore and metal.

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JokineAugustus
May 6th 2013


6251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Must be the greatest thing ever if KILL can appreciate this band.

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