The Dillinger Escape Plan — Top 15 New Wave Of American Heavy Metal Albums
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These are the albums that defined the aughts.
The '00s were quite a fertile period for heavy music. So much so that the press and fans anointed the era "The New Wave of American Heavy Metal" or "The New Wave of American Metal." Same difference. MTV resurrected Headbanger's Ball, with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed installed as the host. Late night TV shows, like Jimmy Kimmel Live!, were booking the bands of the era to perform with increasing frequency throughout the decade. Yes, those firebreathing noise merchants in The Dillinger Escape Plan played Conan and things were never, ever the same.
If you require more proof that the public and media hungered for metal equally, well, think about how Ozzfest ballooned, inviting heavier bands to play both the main and the side stages. The annual heavy metal summer camp was eventually immobilized and replaced by The Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which also grew exponentially and played sheds.
Most impressive were the sales numbers of these bands. Albums repeatedly went platinum and gold, with the likes of Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God and Atreyu notching RIAA certifications and awards for achieving monster sales. More notable was the fact that you could turn on the radio and hear these same bands on the dial and not always after midnight on specialty shows.
Do we even need to mention the Grammy nominations? It made us realize that people with their ears to the underground and in possession of a keen knowledge of the aggressive music scene were influencing the balloting, since extreme bands were notching noms. It wasn't as though this was further atonement for the Jethro Tull gaffe that still haunts the metal category today; it was an institution recognizing and supporting a movement!
Hands down—the '00s were a legit and rich era for heavy metal. These are the albums that defined the period.
5. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
The Dillinger Escape Plan are New Jersey's finest noisemakers and since the state is known for producing a metric ton of metal, that's saying something. They are celebrated for their crazy time signatures, whatever that means to non-musicians, and for the chaos that is often perpetrated by frontman Greg Puciato, who assumed the role from Dimitri Minakakis, who sang on the also-definitive Calculating Infinity, which landed in 1999.
Dillinger had already established that they could make a lot of noise and terrify crowd, kittens, babies or anything with a weak constitution thanks to their racket, but it was always artfully done.
Miss Machine served as the recorded debut of Puciato and, well, he didn't disappoint. His predecessor was pretty beloved and Puciato stepped into the role on record seamlessly, making it his own with his Mike Patton-inspired and influenced approach. That is, he pulled from a mixed bag of tricks that lived in his larynx. He was never, ever predictable.
Nothing about Miss Machine was noisy for the sake of.
With Miss Machine, tDEP evolved even further, adding more memorability to the mix. They were—dare we say—accessible at this point. It wasn't all bang-you-over-the-head ferocity, which could leave you exhausted, heaving in a bloody, sweaty, drooling and convulsing mess on the floor. It was all calculated, but in the exact right way.
The album's standouts are "Panasonic Youth" and "Baby's First Coffin."
'Miss Machine' from The Dillinger Escape Plan is available on Relapse Records.
See the other artists and albums on our Top Top 15 New Wave of American Heavy Metal Albums feature!