Loudwire.com 1999 Metal Album Of The Year—-The Dillinger Escape Plan / Calculating Infinity

Calculating Infinity

The Dillinger Escape Plan (often shortened to Dillinger and abbreviated as TDEP or DEP) is an American mathcore band from Morris Plains, New Jersey. The group originated in 1997 after the disbanding of the hardcore punk band Arcane. The band’s current line-up consists of guitarists Ben Weinman, bassist Liam Wilson, vocalist Greg Puciato, drummer Billy Rymer and rhythm guitarist Kevin Antreassian. Their band name is derived from bank robber John Dillinger.

Calculating Infinity is the debut studio album by American mathcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan, released in September 1999 by Relapse Records. It showcases the band’s aggressive, technical sound and is their only full-length album to feature original vocalist Dimitri Minakakis.

The Analysis—-

Sugar Coated Sour—-Brutal from the very first second of the recording, the music is rather technical but the production has a hollow sound to it….not allowing you to really feel how large the band can sound. This is all over the place…..the music comes at you blazing fast…but the riffs seem unorganized and chaotic. I like this…but it is not something I would play regularly.

43% Burnt—-Sounding a tad bit more structured at the onset, the music is rather technical and lacking of a present bass line…the guitars are so sharp in sound and seem to come from a thousand different directions. I wish this recording sounded a bit more organized…the vocal clarity is horrible….really hard to pick up a single word. Then in the mid point of the song….you are blessed with a magical bass line….redemption!!!!

Jim Fear—-It amazes me how fast these songs start….there is NO introduction to be had….everything is off to a blistering start from the first second. The music suffers from a sameness quality….this all seems like one long song to me. I worry how this guy can continue to sing….his voice is likely to explode. There are some really nice breaks, chord changes and technical guitar playing here…..I like it….but it could become tiresome.

*#—-So…..i eat my words from the previous song’s observation…indeed, on this track there is an introduction,,,,odd and space in sound…it feels like you are listening to NASA. Swirls of atmosphere…..bass and an off ambiance I never expected. This is just plain odd.

Destro’s Secret—-Returning to the full onslaught of very aggressive Metalcore, I could not imagine what it must be like to go to a live show from this band. There are some breaks and spoken word parts that remind me of Suicidal Tendencies records in the beginning. The bass line is here….adding a groove to the song…but most of the song is full throttle mayhem.

The Running Board—-Barely a second of silence breaks these two songs from each other…it all sounds like one very long tedious track to me. There are bright spots…but this is a very difficult listen. This track has a nice quiet interlude in the center,,,adding a layer of surprise atmosphere. It is all full of surprises and acts…..you never know for sure when the curtain falls though.

Clip the Apex….Accept Instruction—-Beginning even more brutal…if that is possible, this is full of trade off vocals that add to the fullness of the song. The guitars are so blistering…..my ears feel numb. The vocal becomes really tiresome after a bit….there is no variance in the tone or mode of delivery…it is all screams…all the time.

Calculating Infinity—-Beginning with a slight funky sound to the bass line, this surprises me….I keep wondering where the track is going to go. the song…at the onset is damn pleasant and much more listenable…giving your ears and your brain a slight repite from the unceasing noise of tracks gone by. The song becomes larger as it progresses….but the speed of the song allows you to wrap your head around the music without all the screaming going on…this is really nice.

4th Grade Dropout—-And then….we are back to the onslaught of constant noise and unceasingly mayhem. It is hard to even fins a melody line in these songs…it is just pure power noise…..the guitars are technical and give some structure…but when they die away…it is just a song without comprehension.

Weekend Sex Change—-A bit more melodic at the onset, the different sounds come at you from every direction…I’m not sure where my head should be. The drums sound off kilter and the bass line in opposition to them. We have some odd effects underlying in the song…..they leave me feeling a bit disturbed. This is a very odd track….not sure what this is all about….well……consider the title….

Variations On A Cocktail Dress—-Ending the release much as it started, I must say I’m rather glad this is over. Not a band I would pay to much attention to, this is just too noisy for me in the realm of casual listening. Perhaps I need to get more pissed off…lol

** out of 5




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