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Dillinger Escape Plan

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Continuing our series, Greg Puciato from Dillinger Escape Plan gives us his top five metal and harcore bands of all time.

Death - Hopefully you've all heard of 'em. Chuck Schuldiner, in my opinion, single handedly pioneered death metal, at least on the US side of the pond. Without this band, NOBODY would be playing metal the way they do today. A band whose influence far exceeds their record sales. Get Human if you want the more technical brutal side or Symbolic if you want maybe 2 per cent more melody.

Meshuggah - Another band that so many bands emulate some element of without even realizing. Some of the heaviest music ever created, just pummeling. Sometimes when a Meshuggah song starts I have to stop the track, take a breath, and then restart it from the beginning because it was literally like being flattened by a speeding tank. Ridiculously heavy.

Discordance Axis - Released probably my favorite grindcore album of all time and created a true work of art with The Inalienable Dreamless.

Neurosis - The definition of heavy. Neurosis took heavier shits than the thousand "we play doom riffs and have a really big sounding animal or place for a name" bands that came after them. Times of Grace is really some of the most slowly oppressive music ever written. Hard to listen to without feeling mauled to the point of suicide.

Converge - Hard to find another current modern band like this. Converge is a rare band that's been going for almost twenty years and STILL sounds fresh. No current metalcore band would be anywhere without them, and Converge still slaughters all the newcomers, while oozing passion and artistry as much as brutality. Along with a few other bands, they have as a band and individually made massive contributions to the 'scene'. You should already know this, but get Jane Doe, or the most recent, Axe to Fall.

Napalm Death - You guys are from the UK, so you should already know this. While Death was doing their job on US soil, Napalm Death was breaking new ground on your side of the pacific. Grindcore at it's most brutal and in it's truest, most emotionally honest form. Scum and From Enslavement to Obliteration are as good as it gets if you want to feel like someone is shooting you in the face at point blank range with a machine gun.

Bad Brains - To me this is the only hardcore band that will ever matter. Watching footage of early Bad Brains will make whatever other band you think is 'crazy' seem like dance night at an old age home. HR was, in my opinion, at one point, for a brief moment in time, the best front man alive. Get on YouTube, and check out Bad Brains' 'Pay to Cum' from CBGB's in 1979, or 'Attitude' from 1982. Nobody since then has even come close to capturing what they were channeling.

Metallica - Saying anything at all would be redundant.

Slayer - If there can be only one thrash metal album thrown in a time capsule or shot off into space, it's most definitely Reign in Blood. Just the purest possible essence of thrash from front to back, and perfect length.

Animals As Leaders - My favorite instrumental metal I've EVER heard. Strongest debut album I've heard from ANY metal band in a pretty long time, and there's not one breath of vocals. Refreshing. Usually virtuosity and boring go hand in hand, but this is a perfect marriage of soul/feeling with absurdly proficient guitar playing.

Catch the Dillinger Escape Plan on tour:

27-Oct UK Southampton Uni Garden Court
28-Oct UK Brimingham Academy2
29-Oct UK Glasgow Garage
30-Oct UK Manchester Club Academy
01-Nov UK Nottingham Rescue Rooms
02-Nov UK Bristol Academy
03-Nov UK Norwich Waterfront
04-Nov UK Brighton Concorde2
05-Nov UK London Electric Ballroom
06-Nov UK Leeds Damnation Festival

'Option Paralysis' is OUT NOW on Party Smasher/ Season of Mist

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TDEP have to be one of the loudest bands i've ever seen live... almost vomit inducing with Converge being a very, very close second.

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TDEP have to be the loudest and most extreme bands i've ever seen live... almost vomit inducing with Converge being a very, very close second. An absolutely brutal experience which really should be witnessed at least once in your lifetime.

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TDEP have to be the loudest and most extreme bands i've ever seen live... almost vomit inducing with Converge being a very, very close second. An absolutely brutal experience which really should be witnessed at least once in your lifetime.

Really interesting list though.

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If we're talking loudest bands, I'd have to say Ministry. That was also one of the roughest mosh pits I've been in.

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