Equal parts blistering hardcore, searing metal and angular jazz, New Jersey's the Dillinger Escape Plan have conceived a previously unknown equation for math-metal, and somehow made it enjoyable even to those who failed basic algebra. Their first full album, Calculating Infinity is an eye-opening exercise in impossible time signatures, mind-boggling precision and astonishing creativity. One second, the band is playing a moody passage with delicate guitar arpeggios and a discernible melody, and then moments later it blasts into a flurry of uncontained screams before launching into a syncopated, angular groove that would befuddle John Zorn. Best described as perhaps a scorching amalgam of Cynic, Today Is the Day and Naked City, the Dillinger Escape Plan harness chaos into an unorthodox and exhilarating art form. In 2001, original singer Dimitri Minakakis left the band, which recorded an EP the following year with ex-Faith No More singer Mike Patton. The Dillinger Escape Plan returned in July, 2004 with their jaw-dropping exercise in insanity Miss Machine, which featured new singer Greg Puciato.
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