The Dillinger Escape Plan
Calculating Infinity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Killtacular USER (34 Reviews)
May 25th, 2006 | 46 replies | 7,525 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


11 of 11 thought this review was well written

What do you get when you take face-melting riffs and mix it with blistering vocals and cunt-smashing drums? A hospital visit on a disc, that's what. And that's exactly what Calculating Infinity is. A car crash at 90 mph on a four lane highway after you fly into a rock wall, smash into a tree, and flip six times before you end up in oncoming traffic and get plastered by an 18-wheeled big rig, thrown out of the car, and massacred by any combination of Fords, Toyotas, and Hondas you choose. Brutal, eh? Good, because that's what The Dillinger Escape Plan is all about. Smashing your face in and never letting up until the record's over.

Now that I got that rambling out of the way, I can talk about the music. You like chaos, yes? Of course you do, or else you wouldn't have meandered your way through my incomprehensible intro. This is the album for you. So-called "math metal" on steroids and blended with free-jazz. Guitarists Ben Weinmen and Brian Benoit crank out enough nasty riffs to make your mother cry. Listen to "Sugar Coated Sour" and tell me otherwise. Also noteworthy is the insanity-incarnate drumming of Chris Pennie. He's done his homework, and it most certainly shows, noticable as soon as the album starts with Sugar Coated Sour. It's a fairly good representation of the album, as it's all in that same style of ripping your head off with more odd time signatures than you can count, while vocalist Dimitri Minakakis screams incomprehensibly over the top of it all.

That's all he really does here, but he's good at it, so it's allowable. "43% Burnt" is a prime example, and a standout track. It's also home to some of the craziest guitar work here, and some rather impressive drumming to boot. Pennies machine-like repetition of rudiments and all-around kooky-ness is a sight to see (or hear, as the case may be). A little before the halfway mark is one of Dillinger's famed "jazz interludes," in which they stop being angry and make slightly mad, almost melodic, riffs in a short but sweet break from chaos.

Throughout the half hour grind-fest, there's a couple interlude tracks. Unlike what you'd probably expect, these are welcomed changes from the constant go of the other songs. "*#.." is dark and melancholic to start out, and soon emerges into some odd-timed riff and pounding drums. The title track, "Calculating Infinity" is more an instrumental than an interlude. It starts out light and breezy, in some odd time signature I couldn't figure out if you paid me. Then the guys crank up the distortion and hammer away like there's no tomorrow. If you need an excuse to hear Pennie tear up his meager four-piece set, then "Weekend Sex Change" is for you. It's basically a drum solo, with a break and some evil sounding synth work in the middle. Then it gets even more chaotic towards the end, after some sampled and looped voices.

When it's over, you'll gasp for air and wonder what the hell just happened. If you can stand the grating vocals and shrieking riffs, that is. This album is not for everyone, but those who "get" it, will love it like the father they never had (or didn't love in the first place). A mish-mash of insanity on all instrumental fronts, with a vocal assault that would make your grandmother break a hip, Calculating Infinity is a landmark grindcore album that others would be best suited in following. If you're into calmer music, however, then maybe you should stop speeding on the highway. After all, 70 is the speed limit, not the requirement.


KILLTACULAR



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RainShadow
May 25th 2006



132 Comments


Wicked review, i like the joking. Didn't really like Dillinger all that much, but this review makes me reconsider!

Confessed2005
May 25th 2006



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome review my friend. Though I feel your rating was a little low but that is opinion. '43% Burnt' is one of the most impressive 'spazz' songs out there.

ToWhatEnd
May 25th 2006



3172 Comments


Excellent review, definitely want to give Dillinger a listen now.

Neoteric
May 25th 2006



3243 Comments


YUSS Scruples is back!

Zebra
Moderator
May 25th 2006



2647 Comments


[quote=Cathederal]YUSS Scruples is back![/quote] w3rd.
I haven't listened to this that much lately and I hear about this band constantly.

DarkScoot
May 25th 2006



1 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I really just don't understand why anyone likes this. I guess it's just me.

Confessed2005
May 25th 2006



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I guess it depends whether you are into grindcore or not...

exojjl
May 25th 2006



30 Comments


it proboly took my 30 listens to really like it. All the other times I was like "its hard, cool" on a low volume....but listening on headphones will pound your fucking ear drums out till you bleed out of all possible orifices on your head.

Benighted
May 25th 2006



8 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

[quote=Mikey]What do you get when you take face-melting riffs and mix it with blistering vocals and cunt-smashing drums?[/quote]
Crap like this.

Brain Dead
May 25th 2006



1150 Comments


Crap like you is what's bringing this album's rating down.

Syncratic
May 25th 2006



756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[QUOTE=Benighted]Crap like this.[/QUOTE]

Ummm....no.

Ace review...could've been a little longer, though. I would've loved to see what you said of some of the other tracks.

I simply love this album. '43% Burnt' is an absolute tour de force. So incredible.

YDload
May 25th 2006



1207 Comments


If I reviewed this album, it would probably look like this. Really heavy on the metaphors and visual imagery, because DEP's first album is so brutal and headache-inducing that describing it metaphorically is lots of fun. Good idea.

Cravinov13
May 25th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To Confessed2005, DEP are not grindcore. They are much more accuaratly the definition of mathcore, which is only partial grind with metalcore, industrial and hardcore punk with it.

Killtacular
May 25th 2006



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is pure grindcore, fiend. Perhaps you're thinking of Miss Machine.
[quote=Benighted]Crap like this.[/quote]
Reveal your identity at once, Batman!

RunAmokRampant
May 26th 2006



228 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review. I actually laughed at some of your comments. So that's a good sign. Very enjoyable.

Tarantino's Tarantulas
May 26th 2006



819 Comments


Classy review, Ive heard the first two tracks and they are pretty damn spastically good. Dont know if I could listen to this album the whole waythrough without a break though.

RainShadow
May 26th 2006



132 Comments


Ow.... All these genres that you guys speak of is giving me a headache. Genre is a forbidden word.

RainShadow
May 26th 2006



132 Comments


Mathcore is stupidest way of classifying music I ever heard of.
What's next, Sciencecore!

Neoteric
May 26th 2006



3243 Comments



What's next, Sciencecore!
Englishcore!

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2006



15727 Comments


Actually Gymcore is a great genre.

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