April 7, 2014     / / / /


By Shawn Van De Peppel

It doesn’t matter whether you like them or not or even if you’ve never listened to them before. Seeing Dillinger Escape Plan live is a life experience that should happen at least once in your lifetime. When the show is over, you’re likely to ask yourself “What just happened”? Singer Greg Puciato’s face will probably be bloody, guitarist Ben Weinman will have you wondering how someone can jump so much and yet play note-perfect guitar at the same time. But then again, this is probably one of metal’s most unpredictable bands, so who knows.

I first saw them when they were in town opening for Mastodon in 2011. I had never been able to sit through an entire DEP album and I was thinking that I’d have trouble sitting through the whole show. And then when the show was over and Mastodon was playing I was…bored. And this is no cheap shot: Mastodon is one of my favourite bands, I’ve seen them 6 times, and yet DEP‘s ridiculous amount of energy just made the rest of my night dull. I’d never seen anything like it. Listening to their albums afterwards, it’s like the blurry picture got a lot clearer and with every listen it gets better and better.

On this current tour, the band is promoting their brilliant 2013 release, One Of Us Is The Killer. And they have assembled a hell of a tour package: you’ll want to get there early and check out Shining from Norway, trust me. Along with fellow openers Retox and the awesome hardcore band Trash Talk, this is one of the year’s better tour packages. It’s almost like a mini-festival of face-melting music.

If you want an idea of what you’re in for, check the clip below. Then check the clip below that one and the clip below that one and the one below that one and drop by tonight because that’s just how you roll.

Dillinger Escape Plan play tonight at Le National.

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