When: Mon., Aug. 12, 1:45 p.m. 2013
Ever since their revolutionary 1999 mathcore debut, Calculating Infinity, the Dillinger Escape Plan’s angle has been their unpredictability. Albums might take three, maybe five years to finish, due partly to lineup turnover—their founding front man, for instance, is long gone—and partly to the difficulty of learning songs in which the guitarists and drummer have to weave together out-of-step accents and rapid-fire mutant paradiddles with meticulous precision. The Jersey band’s onstage volatility is a sight to behold, and it’s made more than a few promoters hot under the collar—I’ve personally seen indoor fire breathing on a side stage, band members scaling at least two stories of scaffolding or crawling atop hanging light fixtures, and a swung microphone detaching from its cord and nailing a kid in the noggin, cracking it wide open. (Vocalist Greg Puciato literally running across the heads and shoulders of the crowd at a Virgin Megastore in 2005 is worth an honorable mention too.) The band has mainstreamed its output over the past few years—at least half the tracks on 2010’s Option Paralysis and the new One of Us Is the Killer (Party Smasher) are gothy, Nine Inch Nails-style hard rock with more than a touch of Mike Patton. This unfortunately means that DEP do less of what they do best: play baffling rhythms at incomprehensible speeds and very nearly decapitate one another and their fans by way of vicious guitar flailing. —Kevin Warwick The Dillinger Escape Plan headlines the Summer Slaughter tour; Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, the Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, Rings of Saturn, and Thy Art Is Murder open.
Price: $30, $29.50 in advance