NewsJuly 27, 2023 12:15 AM ET2,977 views

The Dillinger Escape Plan's 'One of Us Is the Killer' gets string quartet makeover by Seven)Suns

Ben Weinman

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Classical music disruptors Seven)Suns have released a 29-minute video featuring founder/violinist Earl Maneein in conversation with The Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman, discussing Seven)Suns' upcoming new album – a note-for-note recreation of TDEP's landmark album, One of Us Is the Killer.

The chat goes deep into every aspect of the ambitious project's origins and execution. Also at the table are Joseph Spiller, the album's producer, and Michael Kadnar, owner of Silent Pendulum Records, the Brooklyn-based label set to release the album on September 29th.

With 2023 marking the tenth anniversary of One of Us Is the Killer, Seven)Suns have reinterpreted the entire masterpiece, start to finish, as eleven new pieces, arranged for violin, viola, and cello. Upon the album's original release in 2013, Metal Hammer called it "the pinnacle of [The Dillinger Escape Plan's] career to date."

Seven)Suns founder Earl Maneein – a world-class violinist whose resumé includes performances with Jay-Z and Rihanna, and whom Metallica's Robert Trujillo has stated to be "a kick ass player who pushes the creative boundaries" – describes his own group's sound as "dystopian music rooted in the language of avant-metal and hardcore, played by a string quartet." Based in New York City, the quartet consists of Maneein on violin, Adda Kridler on violin, Fung Chern Hwei on viola, and Jennifer DeVore on cello.

Known for inventing a new musical language by fusing extreme musical styles with western art music, Seven)Suns has broken boundaries in both the metal and classical music worlds. While their core repertoire is original music written by Maneein, the group incorporates songs from metal and punk bands into its set list as well as Western composers such as Arvo Part and Hildegard Von Bingen.

Seven)Suns' collaboration with The Dillinger Escape Plan can be traced back to 2015 when Maneein and his gang grabbed Weinman's attention with their cover of the band's odd-time mosh anthem, "43% Burnt." Impressed, he invited Seven)Suns to perform on two songs on TDEP's final album, Dissociation, and he released their debut album, For The Hearts Still Beating, on his label, Party Smasher Inc.

Seven)Suns' other recent forays in the metal world include collabs with experimental black metal troupe Imperial Triumphant (on a track also featuring the talents of sax god Kenny G) and post-metal visionaries So Hideous.

The quartet plays live, August 2nd at New York's famed Joe's Pub. Buy tickets, here:

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