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April 16, 2014 at 3:46 PM

The trend-surfing Dillinger Escape Plan play El Corazón this Saturday | Concert Preview

By Todd Hamm / Special to The Seattle Times

The breakneck brand of metal that New Jersey’s the Dillinger Escape Plan helped pioneer a decade-and-a-half ago still strikes a chord around these parts. Maybe it’s because we love the electric shock that comes with the genre, but it could also be pegged to the fact that bands like Tacoma’s Botch were digging into the same mathcore tool kit around the same time.

If Botch hadn’t broken up, perhaps they’d be on this bill, or even headlining it. But things have changed, and while Botch’s members have moved on to bigger things, DEP have simply shifted their focus to keep pace with changing trends.

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November 29, 2013 at 5:15 AM

Discover Dinosaur Bones at El Corazón | Concert preview

(Stephanie Luong)

(Stephanie Luong)

By Todd Hamm
Special to The Seattle Times

In recent years, Toronto has given the world some of its most caffeinated noise rock (Metz), and most sensual R & B/rap (Drake).

Fellow Ontarians Dinosaur Bones, who play El Corazón Monday, play fairly traditional rock arrangements, but they probably land closer to the spirit of Drake’s personal musing — not only because their pace is generally relaxed, but because they’re so lyrically focused. Their songs are cleverly built around singer Ben Fox’s melancholy poetry, and the band wraps its sound around each turn of plot like a warm quilt of support.

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