Crowds at a Dillinger Escape Plan show can expect to hear booming drums, roaring vocals and heavy guitar played at breakneck speed.
And maybe, if you’re lucky, the cruel snap of bones.
“A Dillinger show is always unpredictable … and always full of bumps and bruises,” said guitarist Ben Weinman, who is wrapping up rehab on a broken wrist before the Summer Slaughter Tour, including a stop next Wednesday, July 24, at Diamond Ballroom.
“Sometimes, you zig instead of zag, and next thing you know, you are at the doctor getting surgery. It’s not the first time for me, and I doubt it will be the last.”
Since forming in 1997, The Dillinger Escape Plan’s members have spent more than their fair share time recovering at a hospital after one of the mathcore act’s riotous live shows. Despite being 16 years older, the stage antics — and volume — have yet to be turned down.
“When we started, we wanted to create this extreme version of fusion that people had never heard, that would encompass everything great they loved about metal and everything they loved about punk and hardcore with some technical things I’d learned from jazz. That was how we turned heads,” Weinman said. “In some ways, our incentives have changed, but in a lot of ways, it’s stayed exactly the same. We’ve constantly tried to create a blank canvas to make work within the Dillinger vocabulary. The dictionary has just gotten bigger … more words, phrases and sentences.”
The outfit made its first splash with its 1999 debut, Calculating Infinity, followed by tours with Slipknot, System of a Down and Megadeth, and four more acclaimed studio albums, the latest of which — One of Us Is the Killer — hit shelves in May.
“We thought a little less, in some ways,” Weinman said of writing the record. “We always say that, to some degree, but on this one, there was really no indication of whether it was good or bad. We just made it, and whatever happened, happened. We were totally unapologetic.”
It paid off big. The album received some of the most positive reviews of the band’s existence and the biggest sales, too.
“It’s amazing that at this point in our career, we can have our most successful record,” Weinman said. “It’s unbelievable. It really says something about our fans.”
This summer tour serves as a victory lap for The Dillinger Escape Plan, joined by a litany of other hardcore and progressive metal bands in part spawned thanks to the tracks Weinman and company laid down more than a decade ago.
“It’s cool to see a lot of these bands’ fans who are just getting into this technical, heavy music giving us a shot for the first time,” he said. “It’s like, they know that we’ve influenced a lot of these bands in some sort of way, and now they’re jumping on board with us.”