The Dillinger Escape Plan Hump, Destroy

Upon entering the Mod Club, the first thing that came into my head was “Jesus Christ, what are Dillinger going to do to this place?” Though not as small as other venues around Toronto, it’s relatively small for a band like The Dillinger Escape Plan to play in, and the lack of security like their last show at the Opera House (not necessarily meaning there was less security, but they weren’t assholes, to put it bluntly) made for a much more personal experience with the band.  And by personal, I mean that they abused us in every way imaginable, making it an experience one could seldom forget.

From guitarist Ben Weinman simulating intercourse with a stranded fan on the stage, to Jeff Tuttle screaming in the faces of awe-stricken fans as he tumbled to the ground, the whole band seemed to give it their all at this show, rather than just the usual Greg Puciato antics (though, they never get old). Tearing through 16 tracks in total, the set list was a good blend of their entire discography, bringing back old numbers such as the Aphex Twin cover “Come to Daddy” (which is incomparably better live), and the eccentric “Mouth of Ghosts”, whilst maintaining  a good number of Calculating Infinity and Miss Machine tracks as well.

The band even played part of a new song to start the show (a video of which, from a previous show in Raleigh, North Carolina, can be seen below) – an unusual start considering their tendency to open with the fast-paced aggressive songs they’re better known for – which sounded a great deal like some of the stranger material on Ire Works.  The departure of Gil Sharone also remained quite unnoticed (as amazing as he is), as Billy Rymer is equally as good, and a better fit for the band’s style, if anything.  I’m sure many others would agree, since he seemed to get a great deal of praise from fans after the show.

Venues may get destroyed and fans may get bloody noses, but in the end, The Dillinger Escape Plan is as punk rock as mathcore gets, and they put on a hell of a show too.

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