Think to yourself, just for a second, what's the most surreal thing you've ever heard? Metallica's Whiskey in the Jar', Sepultura covering Bela Lugosi's Dead; or maybe it's something a little more sinister like your grandmother sucking on a helium balloon. The point is, no matter what weird and wonderful noises you've ever heard in your short alternative lives as yet, I'll wager you've never heard anything quite like the Dillinger Escape Plan.
Somewhere between the boundaries of bizarre and downright insanity is where you'll find the perverse blend of weirdness on this album. Imagine, if you will, oldschool thrash favorites Napalm Death taking some time out to indulge in some Jazz-Fusion, while warping it into their already over harsh stylings. Or, for our less grindcore orientated readers, you know that ultra-fast paced chase scene in the old Tom & Jerry cartoons when the music score jazz band orchestra makes an unbearable racket? If you ever see a music shop being blown up and then record the instruments hitting the ground as they fall, this is what it would sound like. Frightening isn't it!
DEP are a relatively young band, hailing from New Jersey. Their Under the Running Board demo, consisting of only 3 songs, was named as the top release of 1998 by more than a handful of publications. Other successes the band may point out are the split 7" pressing with Drowning Man of 3,000 selling out in a single day and of course playing the opening slot for the 45 state U.S tour for Mike Patton's Mr. Bungle back in 1999. More recently DEP opened for System of a Down during their recent U.K tour.
Calculating Infinity is a re-release from Relapse Records who are keen to promote the band and propel them into the limelight they've seemingly been in grasping distance of over the past few years. Only time will tell if they make it.
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