Massive Metal Monday: The Dillinger Escape Plan “Prancer”
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The Dillinger Escape Plan is a groundbreaking mathcore (a mixture of hardcore punk and progressive metal) band from New Jersey. They are famous for their chaotic song arrangements which feature perpetually shifting time signatures and poly-rhythms. Their incendiary live shows are also the stuff of legend. The band’s performances are often violent and have led to members sustaining various injuries over the years, which may explain in part the high turnover of musicians in the group.

Regardless, DEP have established themselves as one of the most important bands at the vanguard of 21st century metal. In fact Loudwire recently placed DEP’s 1999 debut album Calculating Infinity at number 18 on their “Top 25 Extreme Metal Albums of All Time” list saying the following:

“While most new metal acts were busy chugging and grooving, The Dillinger Escape Plan wrote the furthest thing from the popular stripped down approach. Spiderweb guitar playing and constant tempo changes serve as a proper background for the band’s first vocal Dimitri Minakakis to turn this album into a metallic tantrum.”

In the 16 years since their first album, DEP have refined their sound and fury into a well-oiled machine with Minakakis’ replacement Greg Puciato handling frontman duties since 2002. This Massive Metal Monday features one of the band’s most recent offerings. From The Dillinger Escape Plan’s fifth studio album, 2013’s One of Us Is the Killer, here is the official lyric video for the song “Prancer.”


When I was growing up in rural Indiana in the early ’80s, there was very limited access to heavy music. These were the days before MTV blew up with the whole hair metal, Headbangers Ball phenomenon. But on Sunday nights, there was a two-hour radio show that came from WOXY, just across the state line in Oxford, Ohio (home of Miami University of Ohio). It was called Massive Metal for the Masses and I would wait all week for it to air. It was through this show that I was introduced to bands like Venom, Bathory, WASP, Michael Schenker Group, Slayer, and countless others. This Monday weekly column is my tip of the hat to that show. I call it Massive Metal Monday. Every week, I will pay tribute to defining moments by the artists that laid the groundwork for heavy metal to become the worldwide cultural bond for all of us metal heads.

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