The Dillinger Escape Plan (5 stars)

The Garage, Glasgow, Fri 5 Aug 2011

The Dillinger Escape Plan

The Dillinger Escape Plan deserve every single penny they make out of tonight’s gig. Their onstage energy is so unrelenting that you ponder if they’ll collapse post-show and perish in a putrid pile of sweat.

For the uninitiated, the band’s music will probably sound like four grizzly bears fighting whilst ten toddlers ‘play’ the drums – but to the initiated it is curious experimentations with the boundaries of heavy music.

It’s the more melodic cuts however that impress tonight, with ‘Black Bubblegum’ a gritty, juddering salvo infused with electronic swagger (no ‘Jagger’ here, however) whilst ‘Milk Lizard’ is ripe ground for a giddy singalong.

But it’s with their atypical fare, short blasts of pure blitzkrieg math-metal, when things really get going on stage – ‘Panasonic Youth’, for example, sees the band chuck their bodies and their instruments around like a ballet troupe gone absolutely bananas. Indeed, their live show – and their music – is often so unpredictable and out of control, it’s a wonder to think that these five men are in so much control over all of it. It is a spellbinding performance, regardless of your musical persuasion, and firmly reiterates how much of a must-see live act The Dillinger Escape Plan are.


The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Panasonic Youth" Relapse Records


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