The Dillinger Escape Plan
Under the Running Board


4.0
excellent

Review

by SubtleDagger USER (35 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 37 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


The Dillinger Escape Plan:
Dimitri Minikakis - Vocals
Ben Weiman - Guitars
John Fulton - Guitars
Adam Doll - Bass Guitar
Chris Pennie - Drums

Before the breakthrough success of The Dillinger Escape Plan's first full-length, Calculating Infinity, the band had honed its style to near-perfection on their first EP on Relapse Records, Under The Running Board. A mere three songs still managed to develop a signature sound for DEP and make a name for them in the underground music sect. Though it would be Infinity that brought them to stardom, it was this EP that put them on the map.

For the most part, Under The Running Board is a taste of what is to come for DEP. Most of it is blistering metal, oddly-timed rhythms that tear across the small length of recording. The sound is still very raw and well done, and the clear intent throughout the album is to give you something tangible before it leaves the listener in the dust.

For example, the intro to "Sandbox Magician" is bruising for all of ten seconds before a beautiful and haunting clean melody breaks through, only to hit you in the face with more brutality. It's an excellent example of the diversity these guys aspire to, especially once the song ends with a jazzy picking break.

"The Mullet Burden" and "Abe The Cop" have similar moments but are far more unrelenting. "The Mullet Burden" pounds away like mad before going into a blastbeat breakdown (signaled by a piercing woman's scream), and giving the you just enough to move your head to. "Abe The Cop" bears similarities, and yet the offbeat time sigs and blindingly hasty rhythms still wrack your mind and ears. Listening to DEP on this album is a truly stunning, if short-lived experience.

As far as EP's go, if you're a fan of Mike Patton, pick up Irony Is A Dead Scene first. If you like fast and heavy, this is the one you want. Pick it up or download. This is arguably Dillinger in their simplest and rawest form.

Recommended Tracks: All of them; "The Mullet Burden", "Sandbox Magician", "Abe The Cop"

Rating: 4/5 (for length)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tangy zizzle
September 23rd 2004


253 Comments


Cool.

SubtleDagger
September 23rd 2004


737 Comments


Well, I got bored, so I figured I'd go on my review rampage again.

Sooner or later I'll end up reviewing half of the Barenaked Ladies catalog.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 23rd 2004


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome, the DEP with Mike Patton...words cannot describe it.

pixiesfanyo
September 23rd 2004


1223 Comments


How about you send it asshole

SubtleDagger
September 23rd 2004


737 Comments


It won't upload to my computer without clipping, so I'm working on it.

Stupid D drive.

cbmartinez
September 23rd 2004


2525 Comments


Subtle with another amazing review. :thumb:

I saw Irony Is A Dead Scene at Best Buy yesterday, and I was going to pick it up...

SubtleDagger
September 23rd 2004


737 Comments


So why didn't you?

Pixies, if you're still reading, it's fixed and I can send you it within thirty minutes. I can have Infinity done by tomorrow.

Happymeal
September 24th 2004


330 Comments


I'm new to DEP, but I like what I heard from Calculating Infinity, so I'll check this one out. Great review.

BuddyBigsby
September 24th 2004


531 Comments


The EPs (Irony aside) and the Nora split don't get talked about much. Good to see some info on this one.

pixiesfanyo
September 24th 2004


1223 Comments


It's a good cd. But you can tell their guitarists aren't as skilled as they are now.

SubtleDagger
September 25th 2004


737 Comments


The Nora split is the only one I don't have. I may need to pick it up.

SubtleDagger
September 25th 2004


737 Comments


Once again, the term "math metal" was coined by the band's own label.

Please, stop pretending you know anything about musical genres and go back to listening to bands you think no one has heard of.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 26th 2004


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[QUOTE=xdeadtomorrowx]Ugh, you child. Stop saying mathcore, you are festering these feeble-minded children with misinformation. It's all called tech metal, anything that sounds like DEP is TECH METAL.

Although DEP is awesome. Their only downfall is 'Irony Is a Dead Scene' but I like the new stuff, but I think they should of stuck with a 'Calculating Infinity' sound.[/QUOTE]

You have like the same posts in the psyopus thread. Downfall is Irony of a dead scene? are you crazy? Why isn't he really banned yet :confused: Look at all of his posts under his profile...

caspian
January 22nd 2005


38 Comments


dep is just metal, thats what I call them. Mathcore..Jazzcore..Grindcore.. too complicated.


Mr Benners
January 22nd 2005


20 Comments


Yeah, this is a pretty immense EP, especially as it kinda showed us all what we could expect. "The Mullet Burden" has to be one of the best DEP songs, especially for just going mental to

caspian
February 5th 2005


38 Comments


Having picked this album up, I personally think its their best, even though it's way too short. It's their most brutal album by far. I really can't see them beating the mullet burden when it comes down to sheer heaviness. While it'd be good to have a few more songs, it would be too brutal too have this album going for much longer. 5/5.

Killtacular
January 31st 2006


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2010


21106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy shit, in the live version of "Clip the Apex...Accept Instruction", you hear both the riff from "Van Damsel" and the soft section of "When Good Dogs Do Bad Things". Pretty fucking epic.

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Yazz_Flute
May 14th 2012


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These are definitely three of the best songs DEP have recorded.

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Evreaia
July 22nd 2012


4040 Comments


The live songs from the reissue, damn these guys sound good live. I really need to see them someday.



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