One Last Escape: A Dillinger Escape Plan Live Show Review

I’ve routinely joked that going to see The Dillinger Escape Plan live would be the death of me. It didn’t seem all that far fetched to be honest with you. The raucousness and energy of their live shows has become the stuff of legend, involving everything from spitting fire to the now infamous poop in a bag incident. Once the band announced that would do one last, extensive tour before calling it a day it was an absolute no-brainer. I had to go. I had to tempt death (and feces) one final time.

As I’m sure I have mentioned numerous times, I am eternally an old person, so when I saw there were four openers for Dillinger I opted to stay in and watch Critters for the first 2 bands. I had been feeling rather crummy earlier in the day and needed to save all the energy I could muster. Sorry Entheos and American Shit Storm, it’s nothing personal. My buddy and I tried to time our departure with the one opener I DID care about: Cult Leader. The crusty/grind quartet really surprised me with last year’s Lightless Walk, so I was eager to see if they translate that kind of powerhouse sound to a live setting.

Naturally we missed them because we severely underestimated how difficult parking is to find in downtown Dallas on a Saturday night. I can only assume that it was the God of Opening Bands smiting me for my indiscretions against Entheos and American Shit Storm. Slightly disheartened we made our way into the venue. I had never seen the place so packed in all my years of attendance. At one point in the evening I witnessed at least 20 men jammed into the minuscule three urinal bathroom. I couldn’t tell you what was happening in there, but I can only assume there was urine covering every inch.

Shortly after we had found a good vantage point the last remaining opener, heavy rockers O’brother, took to the stage. Sandwiched between Cult Leader and Dillinger their more mellow take on heaviness felt like an odd fit, though eclectic bills are nothing new for DEP (see their tour with Royal Thunder and Faceless). Though the band’s sound might have been at odds with the more metallic chaos of the rest of the evening, they still delivered a powerful yet somber set that seemed to end just as they were really starting to groove.

Of course once DEP took the stage nothing that happened before mattered. This isn’t a slight to the other bands, or anything that happened before in the history of history, it’s just that DEP have completely mastered the art of the live experience and they’re showing it off on their final go ’round. The band opened with the elephantine stomp of “Limerent Death,” Greg Puciato sounding every bit as unhinged as he does on the recorded track. The band wasted no time launching into the aural sandstorm of “Panasonic Youth” before bringing things down a few notches with the absolutely anthemic new track “Symptom of Terminal Illness.” The set list seemed like it was constructed to show the bands history and diversity. It ranged from their short bursts of mathcore madness to their more straight up pop moments like “Black Bubblegum,” the only disappointment being how underrepresented Option Paralysis was.

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After playing crowd favorites like “Milk Lizard” and a surprising everyone with “Mouth of Ghosts,” a song they hadn’t played in 6 or so years, it was time to close out the show. As soon as the band started “Sunshine the Werewolf” Puciato encouraged everyone to get up on stage and join the band. It was a mad rush as everyone clamored to get there. People leapt from the stage in waves while others played alongside Ben Weinman or screamed into the microphone with Puciato. The band continued into “43% Burnt” seemingly unphased by anything happening around them. People jumped from balconies into the frenzied crowd below, people hoisted others up, dozens remained on stage or came flying off of it like human rockets. It was hard to focus on everything that was happening around me. I’d look around and get brief glimpses of Ben Weinman crowdsurfing on top of those gathered on stage or a water bottle being thrown before the person came hurtling towards me…and as quickly as it began it ended. As the lights came up and people calmly exited the stage I found myself a strange mix of elated and depressed. It was a true whirlwind of a show, one I’d love to relive again and again, but it was sinking in that this was probably going to be the last time I ever got to be a part of it.

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Remember at the start of this when I said I had been feeling kind of crummy? Well I wound up way overexerting myself at the concert and ending up with a combination of a sinus infection and strep. Its taken me a while to get this recap to you guys because I’ve spent several days off of work and in bed just trying (unsuccessfully) to sleep. You know what though? I would gladly go through all of this illness again for a DEP show. Easily and without question. If you’ve even had a mild interest in them, go see them while you still can just to soak it in. It will be well worth whatever the cost, possibly even death.

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Published on: November 11, 2016

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    All I ever had was Under the Running Board and it never did much for me. Borrowed Calculating Infinity from a buddy but the same results. And that was that….

    • Jack Rabbit

      Was it just the music in general you didn’t like or the singing, because I think Greg is a much better singer for the band than Dmitri was

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Greg’s singing is way too pretty for how chaotic at times the music was. But it was a combination of both. Just wanky and shit.

        • Jack Rabbit

          Fair enough, they are definitely kind of a niche band. But, for me, songs like this have just enough wank
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or3Dn2NGwIo

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Interesting track, the middle section was very reminiscent of John McLaughlin which was cool. But overall I, still not my cup of tea. You ever check out any John McLaughlin by the way? One of my favorite tracks….
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTMcaoiEfH4

          • Jack Rabbit

            I jam the first Mahavishnu Orchestra album pretty frequently, but I’ve never checked out his solo work. I probably should though. The guy is freakishly talented.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, no shit!

          • The Tetrachord of Archytas

            Mahavushni is also one of Ben from Dillinger’s biggest influences. I think I remember reading an article where Apocalypse was in his top 5

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Album rules damn hard.

          • Jack Rabbit

            That three song stretch of Low Feels Blvd, Surrogate, and Honeysuckle is sublime. Also, the song “Dissociation” is probably the best way to close of their career, imo.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Man, that sounds bad ass. Glad you made it out, sorry about being sick and all though.

  • Howard Dean

    “DID SOMEONE SAY POOPING ON STAGE?!”

    (potentially NSFW, use discretion)

    http://67.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6qispK3N41qgevfco1_500.gif

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. YESSSSSSS!!!!! Bite it you fucking scum!

    • W.

      How did you censor that? I didn’t know disqus had that capability.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
        • Howard Dean

          At your own risk:

          Hahahahahahahahahahaha I got you, you totally thought this was going to be something inappropriate hidden inside of a spoiler. Hahahahahahahahaha @#**@$^$^@$@#*@&#*@&#*&@*^@^%&^$^@#&#&@^#&@^#&@^#&^@&#^@&#^&@^#&^&%^&#%*$&*#&$*#(%#*%&$^%&$^*#&$(&#*$#&*#*%^&*$#^%&$^%&^*&^*^&%&^%$%$^%$%^$&^&^212121551511516666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666SixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixSixTheNumberofTheBeast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • You fucked it your tags on that last post. I’m deleting it. Don’t do this again.

        • Elegant Gazing Globe
          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, but Reinkaos sucked and this just follows suit, albeit with better production.

      • Howard Dean

        ” ”

        I actually googled “spoiler tag in disqus” because I really wanted to post that gif but didn’t want to get banned. I was pumped that it worked.

        • W.

          That’s wild. TIL.

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah, I couldn’t believe it. I was like “if this shit doesn’t work, I gotta delete my comment really quick.” Haha.

            The one drawback to using it on a gif or picture, however, is that just a glancing touch by the cursor onto that huge wall of gray makes the image manifest.

          • W.

            As I quickly discovered.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, at least the first one involved shit. We can only go down from here.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    I’m going to attempt to make that Hartford show next Saturday

  • I caught this show in my college hometown a few weeks ago, was p lit. Half the venue was on the stage for the last 2 or 3 songs, and greg climbed on top of a speaker stack on stage and jumped into the crowd that was standing on the stage, it was absolutely NUTS.

  • Jack Rabbit

    Glad the show was awesome. Sadly could not make it for this run, but they usually do a few US legs per album, so I’m praying I get another chance before its over.

  • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

    This Sunday for me. And I’ve never seen them before, either. Sounds like it’s going to be a great show, and probably a “leave your phone in the car so it doesn’t get smashed” kinda show, too haha.

  • W.

    Sounds like a wild show. I still hold a grudge toward chippendales everywhere for getting the venue here that was supposed to host their tour closed.

    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      Whoa, what happened?

      • W.

        Tbh, I never really learned. All I know is that the weekend before the concert, a traveling male revue came to the venue, and the next day the place was closed.

    • CyberneticOrganism
  • CyberneticOrganism

    Sounds amazing. I too hate being sick after a great concert.

  • Saw one set of theirs years back. It was not for me. End of story.

  • sopadeloro

    Shame you didnt get to see Cult Leader. One of my favorite albums.

  • AeonsOvChaos

    I’m totally off topic now but I feel the need to keep high the flag of darkness among the increasing light, have a nice day guys and girls:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9NUVf52wuU

    • CyberneticOrganism

      The sound of winter

      • AeonsOvChaos

        The cold and the obscurity comes to embrace us again.

  • Get well soon Leif! Sounds like a killer show. I am now kicking my self in the balls twice as hard for missing them, when they came to my area.

  • Not a fan of DEP, but I have a srs urge to see them prior to them being done based on all this hype I have been hearing. Neat write up, bud!

    GL

    • Depechemodeisgangsta

      Not a big fan of them, but i have seen them live a couple of times, and they put a good show, if you have the chance go see them live.

    • KyleJMcBride

      (waves)

      • KJM, buddy, how have you been!

        GL

        • KyleJMcBride

          Good and bad. Felt I needed to come back. You?

          • Muddling through it all! Glad to see you around again!

          • KyleJMcBride

            Likewise.

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    The first time I saw them about 12 years ago they closed out with Sunshine the Werewolf and I distinctly remember that whole bit because it turned my least favorite songs on that album into one of my favorite songs period and also because a bloodied Ben was riding on top of gregs shoulders for the whole end section of the song. Also that was the blowing fireballs in small venues era so that was real intense as well. I saw them a month ago for this final go around so having them close with that song was pretty full circle.

    Side note that first show featured an Alaska era btbam and a mechanical hand era horse the band

    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      Holy shit, that’s amazing.

    • Depechemodeisgangsta

      There used to be a small club in Miami, where bands used to come to play, and for about 1 year non stop, every Friday i would go and see the shows, and hands down the weirdest show i saw was, Horse the band, i have never heard their music before until that day, they might have been 100 people in the venue, and they played a great show, the fans were into it, there was a guy with a Top Hat for some reason, and just going around and hugging people, trying to get like a conga line going.

      • The Tetrachord of Archytas

        They’re from my area so I used to see them quite a bit growing up. they’re highly underrated imo, probably because of the Nintendo synths. I think a lot of bands do that kinda stuff in a really shallow and gimmicky way and they get lumped in there because of it, but if you actually listen, they actually have really well crafted songs and really great guitar synth riff interplay; especially in their later stuff

        • Depechemodeisgangsta

          I didn’t mind their sound, i’m not elitist about music, their show was great, too bad that venue was closed down, i enjoyed their live show.

    • Waynecro

      I still rock out to Horse the Band from time to time. I dig ’em.

  • I’m still pissed that I missed all the openers for this tour when I went to NYC. Really bummed about missing O’ Brother. I’m avoiding going to NYC shows for the time being and it’s a pain as it is to get others to go most of the time.

  • SEEING THEM TONIGHT!

  • mother☆shabubu

    You ever find yourself walking around your house, pondering life, or wondering where the bag of cheetos is, when you find yourself standing still in time? And you pause to ask yourself HOW COULD IT ALL BBEEEEEEEEEEEEEE????? [intense mathcore riff]

  • Depechemodeisgangsta

    I remember the 1st time i saw them live, around 2005-06, they played so loud, that they gave me a headache, it was the 1st time that i had to step out of a show, cause i couldn’t handle the noise that they made, but then i saw them about 2 more times around 09-10 and they had mellow down “Music Wise” and their show was still amazing, unfortunately i wasn’t able to make it to the show down here, which was this week, something came up, hopefully they do another tour in a couple of years, since normally bands do get back together.

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for sharing, dude! I was wondering what the shows on the band’s final tour would be like. I lost interest in the band after Calculating Infinity, and I just don’t like Puciato’s singing. Sounds like he’s trying to scream away a bubble in his throat. I almost went to this show when it came to San Diego–I just wanted to see Entheos, Cult Leader, and O’Brother–but by the time I found out I had the time to go, the tickets were sold out.

  • Shakes 999

    Damn that sucks. Parking is a son of a bitch in Deep Ellum if you don’t know the area too well. I’m more surprised Trees actually let them get everybody on stage. They are pretty notorious for having polite yet massive bulldog staff keeping people off the stage.

    Was considering skipping my prior engagement I booked to see the last show but it wasn’t gonna be worth the repercussions of flaking out.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    I hope these dudes make it to Australia