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Dillinger Escape Plan - Under the Running Board (Cover Artwork)

Dillinger Escape Plan

Dillinger Escape Plan: Under the Running BoardUnder the Running Board (1998)
Relapse Records

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Over the past ten years, the Dillinger Escape Plan has become an institution in heavy music. The name evokes spastic hypertechnicality, genre-bending creativity and fire-breathing insanity. Under the Running Board is their offering to extreme music mega-label Relapse, and it manages to capture every.
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Over the past ten years, the Dillinger Escape Plan has become an institution in heavy music. The name evokes spastic hypertechnicality, genre-bending creativity and fire-breathing insanity. Under the Running Board is their offering to extreme music mega-label Relapse, and it manages to capture every element of the band, except maybe the fire-breathing.

Dillinger's sound on the EP is not very different from what they went on to do in Calculating Infinity. The three short tracks on the album (if you can snag the re-release, there's a ton of live material on it) clock in at less than seven minutes, but it is an exhiliarating thrill of a rollercoaster ride. Dillinger's ability to take draw from technical metal bands like Atheist and Cynic as well as they could from bands like Coalesce, Deadguy and Converge makes for music that manages to flip lids and impress even the most onanistic music theory junkie while retaining a consistent level of emotional intensity.

Vocals are shouted, spoken, even sung throughout the album. Riffs range from angular ragers to tasteful jazzy interludes and bizarre samples are peppered throughout the songs. Lyrics manage to convey a poetic sense of disgust and dismay. It's the real deal, folks. The only flaw is the sheer brevity of the album: An original copy clocks in before you've even gotten your fix, and the reissue, despite having a ton of live tracks (plus a Sabbath cover) still falls short.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who likes Dillinger Escape Plan, especially those who are dissatisfied with their recent direction. It's actually a pretty good place to start if you want to dip your toes in the Dillinger. Under the Running Board has all the essential components of the Dillinger Escape Plan meal, but in a bite-size form. It's worth a nibble.

 

 
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SilentStorms (March 9, 2009)

Oh shit, my bad, Irony is a Dead Scene was their best. It's the only record I got scared when listening to it. Score is for that album.

walker (March 7, 2009)

this is absolutely the only good record this band released. mullet burdon=best song.

dedpinyata (March 7, 2009)

Best Dillinger album ever released, hands down

CBSrocksteady (March 7, 2009)

I wonder if you would
i wonder if you could

Laurier (March 7, 2009)

"Ire Works and Miss machine are epic, not so much w/ the running board"

Am I the only one who thought those albums suffered from a mediocrity not so much MM but Ire Works is so boring.

Irony is a Dead Scene was the last thing they did that I really got into by them Mike Patton made this band even better.

Laurier (March 7, 2009)

The Mullet Burden is one of the best songs they ever wrote.

mattramone (March 7, 2009)

I can't wait for C I V I L W A R to come out.

tenwestchaser (March 7, 2009)

I was really dissapointed with the lack of actual B-Side tracks on this. Since there are....none. I really don't care about demo and live songs. Always loved the artwork for this, but at the moment, reminds me of the upcoming Johnny Depp/Michael Mann....looks fucking great.

spoon_of_grimbo (March 7, 2009)

picked this up a few weeks ago, it's pretty awesome. that sabbath cover is a total headfuck too!

mikexdude (March 7, 2009)

Love everything they've ever done.

consider_the_ravens (March 7, 2009)

id rather punch myself repeatedly in the face than listen to these songs.

bassthoven (March 6, 2009)

Ire Works and Miss machine are epic, not so much w/ the running board

SilentStorms (March 6, 2009)

Pretty good release. New stuff is better. I personally like Miss Machine the most. Score is for this EP.

Whoostin (March 6, 2009)

Prettay prettaay fucking awesome!

DrGunn (March 6, 2009)

pretty good.

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