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The Dillinger Escape Plan


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.54 | 73 ratings

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2 stars

I really don't get this type of music.

Earlier reviews of this album, here at progarchives, mention a hint of jazz on this album. But I do not see any evidence of this whatsoever. Jazz is the art of "deconstructing the constructed", or "disarranging the arranged", and, to me, involves a whole process of learning how to construct melodies and harmonies first, until you are ready to learn how to deconstruct.

The music in "Calculating Infinity" is more like disconnected pieces of rhythms and sounds. Rarely do the songs show a sense of melodic or harmonic progressions. The song "Calculating Infinity" is one that does, as do some parts of "The Running Board" and "4th Grade Dropout".

Another negative aspect of this album, for me, were the vocals. I do enjoy aggressive vocals, but I really do think the singing has to have some melodic variation. I enjoyed Opeth's "Ghost Reveries" very, very much (and the singing there is mostly grunting). In "Calculating Infinity", though, the vocals are basically screams from from the first song to the last.

I expected a lot more of this band, and was really dissapointed with this one. The musicians clearly show some musicianship, in the sense that what they play must have required lots of practice, but the lack of intelligent use of melody/harmony kill the outcome. The song "Calculating Infinity", along with respect to the artists, is what prevented me from giving this a one star review. Two stars is enough. Only for fans/collectors.

denisbito | 2/5 |


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