The Dillinger Escape Plan
1997
United States
Music group
The hardcore punk five-piece The Dillinger Escape Plan formed in 1997 as an act against typical pop music and an aim to redefine punk.

Originally starting off as a trio with guitarist Ben Weinman, vocalist Dimiitri Minakakis, and drummer Chris Pennie, the Dillinger Escape Plan began playing basements and house parties in order to get their name around. Bassist Adam Doll soon joined and the band set out to compose their own material, finally issuing the independent self-titled mini-album.

The foursome added John Fulton on second guitar in the fall of '97 and recorded their now-infamous "demo" at TraxEast Studios (Hatebreed, Snapcase). Named "Under The Running Board", the eight-minute blast of near-maddening technical complexity, flawless execution, and raw energy had fans and critics redefining the term intensity mere seconds after the opening salvo "The Mullet Burden." Rarely had something so intricate been so focused. "Under...", consisting of only three songs, received rave reviews internationally and was remarkably named as one of the top releases of 1998 by numerous publications worldwide.

Tales of the band's infamous live performances continued to spread like wildfire as Dillinger... brought their absolutely ferocious live assault to the East coast and Midwest. The touring culminated with a blistering set at the 1998 Milwaukee Metalfest that sent the message loud and clear; The Dillinger Escape Plan had arrived.

Brian Benoit replaced Fulton on guitar in November of 1998 and another East Coast trek followed, this time in the company of Cave In. The band then returned home to begin writing material for their first full-length effort for Relapse Records.

The quartet entered Trax East Studios with producer Steve Evetts early that summer to record their debut full-length. The result of the band's two plus years of labors resulted in Calculating Infinity, a genre-shattering and unprecedented amalgam of musical styles. Wildly progressive and fresh in every sense of the word, Calculating... saw the band maturing by leaps and bounds as the new material incorporated elements of jazz-fusion amidst the barely-controlled chaos.

In August '99, with Calculating... still over a month away from its release, the band was invited to open for Mr. Bungle on the band's 45-date U.S. tour. The band rose to the challenge and dazzled audiences from coast to coast on what was to become the beginning of an 18-month worldwide tour.

"Calculating Infinity" was met with an incredible response from fans and critics alike. Its stunning technicality, sheer intensity, and total musical proficiency left critics slack-jawed once again as Calculating...topped numerous "Best of..." year-end polls while the band continued to amass an ever-growing legion of rabid fans.

The year 2000 saw the band criss-cross the world on four headlining tours; first the U.S. in February and once again on a massive summer tour punctuated by numerous Warped Tour dates alongside Papa Roach, Blink 182, AFI, Pennywise, and many, many more. The year closed with Liam Wilson stepping in on bass and The Dillinger Escape Plan European and Japanese headlining tours.

They entered 2001 with incredible momentum. Dillinger...supported Face To Face on several Northeast area shows and garnered an invitation to play main stage alongside Pantera, Slayer and Static-X, amongst others, at Japan's prestigious Beast Feast inaugural metal festival.

Shortly thereafter, Minakakis left the band, playing several farewell performances while headlining major U.S. festivals. An exhausting search led to the discovery of new vocalist Greg Puciato. Puciato made his debut with The Dillinger Escape Plan in October to rave reviews and ran full bore into 2002 with a massive US headlining Tour and subsequent European tour supporting System of a Down.

Not ones to rest on its laurels, the band went back to Europe for a headlining tour in early summer before taking part in a series of prestigious festivals (Reading, Gig On the Green, and Leeds in the UK, Fuji Rock in Japan, and Two Days in Austria) and then unleashing a stop gap mini-CD on Epitaph which featured their first new, recorded material in three years an the vocal talent of former Faith No more, Mr. Bungle and current Fantomas crooner Mike Patton.

In late 2003, The Dillinger Escape Plan contributed the song "Baby's First Coffin" to the soundtrack of the Lakeshore motion picture "Underworld", the first original studio recording released by the band featuring vocalist Greg Puciato. The "Underworld" soundtrack also featrured songs by David Bowie, and Maynard of Tool.

The Dillinger Escape Plan kicked off 2004 with a full scale U.S. tour that saw the band on the road for eight straight weeks. Dillinger again upped the ante of their own precedent-setting live performances, selling out venues across the United States with The Locust in tow.

The Dillinger Escape Plan teamed up with labelmates Burnt By The Sun as well as Killswitch Engage, Anthrax, Skith, Darkest Hour and From Autum To Ashes for two shows in Japan under the banner "Extreme the Dojo Vol. 10 Special" in April, 2004.

The band then finished work on material for their upcoming new album, tentatively titled "Miss Machine" that is due to hit the stores in the Summer.
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