It was a smoldering concoction of musical mayhem as The Dillinger Escape Plan recently took Philadelphia’s Union Transfer venue by storm with cohorts Trash Talk, Retox, and Shining (Norway).
Groundbreaking purveyors of jazz-influenced metal, The Dillinger Escape Plan, are currently supporting a new studio album, One Of Us Is The Killer, released in 2013 via Sumerian Recordings and the band’s own label imprint, Party Smasher Inc. This fifth overall full-length saw the band’s highest Billboard debut to date with a respectable #25. Abandoning previous recording methods, DEP chose to focus on and complete each instrument like many traditional efforts instead of tracking all instruments and vocals song-by-song, as with previous albums. The result is a more concentrated sound that PunkNews.org commented on by saying “[DEP’s] constant willingness to try new things has led to one of the most interesting career progressions in heavy music of the last decade. One of Us is the Killer is the next step in their evolution and it’s a big one. For any fan, past or present, this is mandatory listening.” We also had the opportunity to catch up with DEP bassist Liam Wilson for two interviews that you can read by following the provided link.
Sacramento hardcore quartet Trash Talk are set to drop a fifth studio album, No Peace, on May 27th via Trash Talk Collective/Odd Future Records as a follow-up to 2012′s 119. The new 16-track full-length features cameos from King Krule and Wiki with additional production from The Alchemist. Trash Talk recently released the first single “Cloudkicker” from the forthcoming effort that can be streamed here.
SoCal’s Retox is also supporting a 2013 full-length, the band’s YPLL was released last year via Epitaph with Exclaim calling the effort, “..A much more finely carved and polished version of their earlier musical assault (Ugly Animals), falling somewhere between hardcore punk, powerviolence and sci-fi surf..” Rounding out the bill were the avant-garde rockers in Norway’s Shining who proceeded to startle the audience before ushering in an energetic response.
It was a violent affair as bodies were invited to and then launched from the stage in an almost orgasmic frenzy of extreme music worship. Survivors left with bruises and bumps for the storytelling including our own Dante Torrieri who braved the melee to deliver yet another radical gallery for your viewing pleasure.
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All photos by BTS’s Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel imaging)