The Dillinger Escape Plan and Jarren Benton have released a new video for their collaboration on a song called, Rage.
Rage features Benton’s vocals laid over Dillinger’s “shredding mathcore sounds,” according to Altpress.com.
If you’re wondering what ‘mathcore’ is, you aren’t alone. Based off of the track for Rage, it becomes apparent that this music style is dissonant, driven by rhythm, and clearly inspired by punk and heavy metal.
Mathcore brings together the rhythmic complexity and uncommon or experimental musical time signatures found in math rock, a subgenre of indie rock that emerged in the 1980s, and the heavy sound in instrumentation that is found in metalcore, a genre that fuses extreme styles of metal with hardcore punk.
The Dillinger Escape Plan is a mathcore band that was founded in New Jersey in 1997. Following their formation out of the ashes of the hardcore band Arcane, the new band was nameless for many months. But, when the fledging band was booked to play a series of underground shows to support their friend, Matt Backerman, who founded Now or Never Records, they hit on the name that they still carry. “They quickly, without much thought, chose the name “The Dillinger Escape Plan” while watching a documentary on the mobster John Dillinger,” according to the band’s official website. In 1998, they recorded a three song Under the Runningboard EP; then, during the Calculating Infinity era of 1999 and 2000, the band endured several personnel changes within the lineup.
2002’s Irony Is A Dead Scene and 2004’s Miss Machine were well received and solidified The Dillinger Escape Plan’s place in the metal scene. However, the next few years were filled with injuries and lineup changes, once again. They recovered and went on to release two more albums – Ire Works in 2007, and Option Paralysis in 2010.
Jarren Benton is an American rapper from Decatur, Georgia. From a very young age, he aspired to be a rap artist. In an interview with XXL, Benton said that he was initially inspired by his mother’s hip-hop albums; most notably, Eric B & Rakim’s Paid in Full and Beastie Boys License to Ill. “I started trying to rap pretty young and the shit was kind of whack and then I got a little older and I started going around Atlanta performing at certain showcases,” he said in an interview with XXL. But, the Atlanta music scene is primary known for country, Americana, and southern rock artists, not rappers; so, Benton initially struggled to fit in. In 2012, he realized his lifelong dream when he released his debut studio album, My Grandma’s Basement, which received positive reviews and debuted in the Billboard Top 200 Chart.
On Rage, these two distinct acts come together in a collaboration that is complimentary to each other, while maintaining characteristics of their respective musical genres.
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