Dillinger Escape Plan tore through Emo's East proving no stage is safe from their insane show.

Chrontourager checks out Dillinger Escape Plan at Emo's East 10/26/11

Dillinger Escape Plan
Dillinger Escape Plan

Dillinger Escape Plan is not for the timid. In fact, every ticket stub and album should come with a disclaimer stating anyone with a heart condition, pregnant or those prone to seizures should keep their distance.

The live shows are so energetic, so powerful and so musically challenging your mind and senses have a hard time comprehending the madness on stage. A band that has helped invent the sound known as mathcore has led the way inspiring such bands as Between the Buried and Me and I Wrestled a Bear Once as well as thousands of young fans. Although many might call the complex music pure cacophony, critics have praised the bands ability to blend jazz, metal and punk to create their iconic sound.

Dillinger Escape Plan wreaked havoc at Emo’s East last night, and led an assault on the eyes and ears of the audience, seldom breaking for air as they flung their instruments and bodies from one end of the stage to the other. No structure was safe from the members of the band as they used the various speakers and amplifiers on stage as platforms, traversing them as though they were playing a strange game of hot lava. To add to the hectic movements on stage, the lights were as sporadic as the performers with strobes and white bright lights to match the intense moments in the songs. With a catalog of seven albums, Dillinger seemed to hit a few songs from each record constantly keeping the crowd as energized as the members on stage. “43% Burnt” was both brutal and technical as the guitarists of the group transitioned from dissonant chords to blistering fast solos and the calm piano opening of “Widower” changed the tempo of the night and showed the diversity of the New Jersey mathcore act. Fans were also given the chance to sing along with lead singer (Greg Puciato) with songs like “Gold Teeth on a Bum,” from the bands new album, yet taken on a schizophrenic journey with “Weekend Sex Change” transitioning abruptly into “Sugar Coated Sour.” As Dillinger Escape Plan’s set came to an end, the energy did not stop as Mr. Puciato flung a guitar amplifier (nearly hitting the head of the bouncer) off the stage and immediately thrust his body into the crowd. The last bit of energy oozing from the stage to the audience was soon to come to an end and as the vocalist made his way from the crowd to the stage the group humbly thanked the audience and walked back stage. After five or so minutes and chants from the crowd, the group headed to the stage for an encore, and as it ended the energy of the band had nearly been drained. With the venue lights now on, a few members of Dillinger Escape Plan walked to the crowd barrier, passed out guitar picks to the fans and gave away a pair of drumsticks.

Dillinger Escape Plan is the band that has been and will always push the boundaries of music as well as their stage show. Always loyal to their fans, they truly give one hundred and ten percent every performance as if to say thank you to all the loyal audience members. It was an amazing show and even more memorable that it took place at Emo’s East, once called the backroom- the venue most of the supporting acts first saw Dillinger Escape Plan for the first time. Lets hope they keep pushing the boundaries, inspiring and evolving the sound of metal.

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