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#6 THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Calculating Infinity - Top 10 Debut Albums In Metal

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Metal Injection is counting down the Top 10 Debut Albums in Metal, as voted by you, the Metal Injection junkie! This week we discuss why #6, Calculating Infinity by The Dillinger Escape Plan, deserves a spot on the list.

Guest speakers include members of The Black Dahlia Murder, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Nuclear Blast, MetalSucks, Metal Injection, Earache Records, Metal Blade Records and more!

Here is the Top 10 Debut Albums In Metal Countdown:
#9 GHOST Opus Eponymous
#8 MACHINE HEAD Burn My Eyes
#7 MASTODON Remission
#6 THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Calculating Infinity
#5 TOOL Undertow
#4 DIO Holy Diver
#3 Slipknot Slipknot
#2 Guns N' Roses Appetite For Destruction
#1 METALLICA Kill 'Em All

View our previous Countdowns:
– The 10 Most Controversial Moments In Metal
– 10 Most Influential Heavy Metal Albums

Posted by Metal Injection on October 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm

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  • Matt M.

    Hey! The list finally got an agreeable one.

  • fannypack aficionado

    43% Burnt is a goddamn masterpiece.

  • Trve Kvlt Neil

    Finally, something decent besides wanna be 3dg1 bands. TBDM, I'm looking at you.

  • boner patrol

    so we just ignore that the mullet burden was on under the running board and came out almost a year before?

    • Boner Detention Center

      I think this is for full length LP debuts not 7 minute EPs

      • boner patrol

        i get that, but i would think the video and audio that would be in the background would be from the album that they are praising not the ep from the year before.

        • J

          They barely played any music from Calculating Infinity at all. Whoever edited the audio could of at least worked in the actual music from the album the video is about. WTF was that?

  • Dead1

    Amazed at there being nothing pre-1990 and only 1 pre-2000 (Machine Head). Apparently Metallica, Black Sabbath, Morbid Angel, Death, Kreator, Dio, Candlemass, Autopsy, Deicide, Danzig, Malevolent Creation, Annihilator, Iron Maiden, Exodus etc etc just don't cut the mustard…or stuff pre-1990 just ain't metal enough.

    Or this website is just infested by kiddies who grew up listening to mallcore.

    • basshole

      Spot on. What a joke of a list.

      • Ryan R Miller

        Well, there's always That Metal Show reruns for you guys when you get done mailing checks to the kids at college and take your Flomax™.

        • basshole

          It has nothing to do with age.. well maybe a little bit. Young and clueless and American readers more like it. You could just do a little research to figure out what the real list would be… Or just rock out the new Atilla again homie.

          • Ryan R Miller

            Way to cherry pick something from the bottom of the bin as an example. The list is half way through, so they might just put something from earlier on on there. I hope they do. Though, personally, I find it refreshing in light of all the "We're just going to paise all the Sabbath and thrash-era stuff despite the genre being diverse and ever-evolving" lists you see out there.

            I'm 39 and came up on all the same stuff (and a metric shit ton of underground stuff that's gotten equally overlooked) mentioned by some of you bitter old curmudgeons… but it's also 2016. It's been 26 years since 1990. If there's nothing that's kept you on board with metal in the time that someone could have been born-through-finishing-college, maybe it's time to check out. An Internet blog addressing continuing metal music isn't your place. Me, I like newer metal. I don't agree with all their selections but they're valid. Don't like 'em, start your own blog.

          • basshole

            You're one year older than me. So that's out of the way. I am on board with metal still, although barely hanging on with modern laptop stuff. I've done my time and research and liked the worst kind of metal (Limp Bizkit, Korn, Poison) and back again.. and after all the dust has settled, traditional metal (Priest, Maiden, Sabbath, Fate, Megadeth, Metallica, Dio, Motorhead) is the best metal ever, by far. Modern metal MOSTLY blows. It's tough for me to even come up with a list of bands I spin consistently that came out after 2000. Allegaeon is one for sure, about the only modern band you need (besides what Cattle has done on their last 2)…. ummm Kalmah, Omnium Gatherum, Falls of Rauros, Woods of Desolation, Wintersun, Insomnium, Fallujah, Decrepit Birth and Arsis (actually had to pull up my would be a few others. Metal is so over-saturated and overplayed, with no new ideas even remotely possible anymore that this list will inherently suck if the classic bands aren't on it. Nowhere in the criteria does it say "post 90's debuts." Only album on this list I jam is Burn My Eyes. I don't hate TBDM, they just don't bring much to the table that hasn't been done.

          • Ryan R Miller

            I don't know what to tell you. Personally, I've found a metric butt ton of bands to enjoy and inspire since the '90s (some of which are on this list). Time for you to find a new hobby, I guess. ¯(°_o)/¯

            It's not the job of the entire metal industry/community to make music for this one guy named basshole. I don't get what exactly people like you think pissing and moaning on how your personal preferences aren't being appeased on comment sections is going to achieve. As The Dude once so eloquently said, "Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man."

            Most artists are writing what they think a specific (or greater) audience will appreciate, OR more likely (because there's not really any money to be had these days), they're writing what resonates with themselves. The fuck should they care what one narcissistic guy likes?

            Personally, I think we're all lucky that heavy music as a whole is all over the place so we all can find what we enjoy out of a large pool of contributors. A lot of styles of music are far more of a bubble than hard rock / metal. I guess I'm a "glass half full" kinda guy on the topic.

            There's ALSO the fantastic option of: If you don't like what others are doing, and don't think it's new and different enough, get off your lazy ass and do it yourself. What have YOU contributed lately to the genre? Classic critic syndrome, IMO.

          • basshole

            I've also found plenty of bands since the 90's. About 80% of the bands I listen to are from the 80's and 90's.

            "It's not the job of the entire metal industry/community to make music for this one guy named basshole. I don't get what exactly people like you think pissing and moaning on how your personal preferences aren't being appeased on comment sections is going to achieve"

            This has nothing to do with personal preference or my opinions. This is supposed to be a top ten list of the greatest debut metal albums of ALL TIME. If Black Sabbath S/T, Iron Maiden S/T, Kill 'em All, Melissa, Motorhead S/T, Bathory S/T, Welcome to Hell, Holy Diver, Altars of Madness and Show No Mercy are not somewhere on it, than this list is just flat out wrong and that's a fact. No one could ever tell me otherwise. Ghost?!? Ha ah get the fuck out of here!!


      for real man, this site is run by mustachioed ear plug pussies that give each other coffee enemas while they puff on their douche flutes. Death, scream bloody gore, slayer, show no mercy that is all.