Greg Puciato

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Birth nameGreg Puciato_header_cell_0_2_0 Gregory John PuciatoGreg Puciato_cell_0_2_1
Also known asGreg Puciato_header_cell_0_3_0 The PoochGreg Puciato_cell_0_3_1
BornGreg Puciato_header_cell_0_4_0 (1980-03-27) March 27, 1980 (age 40)

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Years activeGreg Puciato_header_cell_0_8_0 2001–presentGreg Puciato_cell_0_8_1
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Gregory John Puciato (born March 27, 1980) is an American musician best known as the former lead vocalist and lyricist of the metalcore band the Dillinger Escape Plan. Greg Puciato_sentence_0

He is also the lead singer of the Black Queen and Killer Be Killed, in which he also plays guitar. Greg Puciato_sentence_1

In 2018, Puciato and visual artist Jesse Draxler co-founded the art collective and record label Federal Prisoner. Greg Puciato_sentence_2

Puciato is noted for the intensity of his live performances, wide vocal and stylistic range, outspoken views, and controversy stemming from his bands' performances and interviews. Greg Puciato_sentence_3

Rolling Stone said that "few singers live, breathe and often literally bleed their art like he does." Greg Puciato_sentence_4

He has been continuously ranked as one of the greatest contemporary heavy metal frontmen, and some authors consider him among the best, as well as the most versatile, singers in heavy music and beyond. Greg Puciato_sentence_5

Early life Greg Puciato_section_0

Puciato was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Greg Puciato_sentence_6

He is an only child. Greg Puciato_sentence_7

His Belarusian ancestors came to the United States from Slutsk. Greg Puciato_sentence_8

Puciato's parents owned many vinyl records by artists such as Elton John, Bee Gees, Prince, Black Sabbath, Mitch Miller and Molly Hatchet, as well as an old victrola, and they bought him a small 7-inch record player. Greg Puciato_sentence_9

They listened to music constantly and Puciato's early memories include beating on things to drum along, and singing along, it. Greg Puciato_sentence_10

In recent years, Puciato revealed that he grew up in a dangerous, poor neighborhood, which "giant[ly]" influenced him in the sense that he does not "feel uncomfortable in any area," while the African-American culture of the area led to his fondness for R&B and hip-hop. Greg Puciato_sentence_11

As a child, Guns N' Roses was the first band Puciato was "obsessed with." Greg Puciato_sentence_12

Around the age of nine, he saw Metallica's video for "One", which was the "darkest thing [he had watched]" and inspired him to learn Metallica songs on the guitar. Greg Puciato_sentence_13

During this period, he describes his life as centered around thrash metal and Nintendo. Greg Puciato_sentence_14

In early 1990, Puciato went "through a really rapid musical evolution," broadening his taste to bands such as Faith No More and Primus. Greg Puciato_sentence_15

When recalling the appearance of these or other artists such as Nine Inch Nails on TV, he viewed it as "inspiring" and said it "seemed like the weirdos had infiltrated the system, or created a new one." Greg Puciato_sentence_16

Puciato had several older friends who traded tapes and they would introduce him to underground music; when Puciato told one of them which were his favorites bands, his friend gave him a tape of I Against I by Bad Brains that "blew [his] mind apart" and subsequently showed him a 1980s' Bad Brains live bootleg that would make a long-standing impression on the singer. Greg Puciato_sentence_17

In 2013 he reflected: Greg Puciato_sentence_18

Puciato recorded his first cassette at thirteen, performing original music with his best friend who was a drummer. Greg Puciato_sentence_19

When he was a teenager, Puciato began to write abstract poetry, his first passion in parallel to songwriting. Greg Puciato_sentence_20

At the age of fourteen, Puciato started singing for a thrash metal group. Greg Puciato_sentence_21

While originally their guitarist, he switched to vocals because he was "too much of a control freak to let someone else sing" and could not perform both at the same time, but he continued writing the band's songs on guitar. Greg Puciato_sentence_22

After people started praising his singing ability and Puciato realized that it came more naturally to him, he shifted his focus to vocals. Greg Puciato_sentence_23

Although raised in a non-practicing home, Puciato attended a Catholic private school. Greg Puciato_sentence_24

He was a good student and skipped grades, graduating one month after he turned 17. Greg Puciato_sentence_25

He went to college in Maryland and after a year of studying he took a break, during which he was invited to join the Dillinger Escape Plan. Greg Puciato_sentence_26

Career Greg Puciato_section_1

The Dillinger Escape Plan Greg Puciato_section_2

Puciato joined mathcore band the Dillinger Escape Plan in September 2001 and first performed with the group weeks later at the CMJ music conference in October 2001. Greg Puciato_sentence_27

Puciato had already played in some bands from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, but, at that time, he preferred to refine his vocal style than commit full-time to a band, and waited for the "right opportunity" to do so. Greg Puciato_sentence_28

In a scenario mirroring that of young Henry Rollins and Black Flag, Puciato started out as a fan of the Dillinger Escape Plan in their earlier days. Greg Puciato_sentence_29

When the band split with their singer Dimitri Minakakis (due to him wanting to focus more on his graphic design career and personal life), they searched publicly for a new singer by releasing the instrumental version of the song "43% Burnt" (off of their debut album). Greg Puciato_sentence_30

Puciato sent in a tape with one version of him mimicking Dimitri Minakakis and one with his own take on the song. Greg Puciato_sentence_31

He was contacted shortly after by the band, auditioned in person, and was subsequently asked to join. Greg Puciato_sentence_32

Coincidentally, the band's first release with Puciato was for a Black Flag tribute compilation, where they covered "Damaged I and II". Greg Puciato_sentence_33

In a 2003 interview, Puciato said that the band had gone on to "mean everything to" him. Greg Puciato_sentence_34

Commenting on his entrance to the band in 2013, Puciato recalled: Greg Puciato_sentence_35

Puciato sang on every subsequent release. Greg Puciato_sentence_36

In August 2016 he told Metal Hammer magazine that the previously announced Dillinger "hiatus" was in fact a "break up" and explained the artistic reasoning for doing so. Greg Puciato_sentence_37

Spylacopa Greg Puciato_section_3

Puciato was also involved with Spylacopa, an experimental musical project headed by Candiria guitarist John LaMacchia (along with Julie Christmas of Made Out of Babies and Jeff Caxide of Isis). Greg Puciato_sentence_38

Spylacopa released a self-titled EP in 2008, with vocals, as well as some guitar and piano/programming, written by Puciato. Greg Puciato_sentence_39

Similar programming and piano playing would appear on the Dillinger Escape Plan's Option Paralysis album as the bonus track "Chuck McChip". Greg Puciato_sentence_40

Puciato affirmed in 2012 that Spylacopa is "dead as of now." Greg Puciato_sentence_41

Killer Be Killed Greg Puciato_section_4

Later in February 2011, Max Cavalera, in an interview with Swedish magazine Metalshrine, revealed that he and Puciato were working on a full-length album, similar in style to Cavalera's Nailbomb project. Greg Puciato_sentence_42

The band, later named Killer Be Killed, was announced in 2013 to feature former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch, and Troy Sanders of Mastodon. Greg Puciato_sentence_43

In September 2013 the band recorded their self-titled debut album at Fortress Studio in Los Angeles with producer Josh Wilbur. Greg Puciato_sentence_44

It was released on May 13, 2014. Greg Puciato_sentence_45

The Black Queen Greg Puciato_section_5

He announced in an interview with Revolver Magazine that he was involved in a new band with Josh Eustis and Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle guitar technician Steven Alexander, called the Black Queen, with a release originally expected at some stage in 2014. Greg Puciato_sentence_46

The band posted their first song, "The End Where We Start", and an explanation for the long wait in June 2015. Greg Puciato_sentence_47

The debut album Fever Daydream was self-released on January 29, 2016, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard Electronic chart. Greg Puciato_sentence_48

On June 15, 2018, the band announced that a new album called Infinite Games would be released on September 28, as well as the formation of a label named Federal Prisoner with frequent visual collaborator and fine artist Jesse Draxler. Greg Puciato_sentence_49

Federal Prisoner Greg Puciato_section_6

In June 2018, Puciato announced the formation of the record label and art collective Federal Prisoner, as well as its first release, the Black Queen's second album Infinite Games. Greg Puciato_sentence_50

Co-founded by him and visual artist Jesse Draxler, he called the label "as much an act of refusal as it is a statement of intent", further elaborating in a blog post for Spotify that they would be "giving more than we would be gaining" by signing to an outside label, and that "everything I used to see as help, I suddenly saw as unnecessary at best, and a liability at worst." Greg Puciato_sentence_51

Puciato sees Federal Prisoner as an "infrastructure" to release material dear to them rather than a label which tries "to go out there to sign this really big artist." Greg Puciato_sentence_52

Federal Prisoner started off completely from scratch and its output has been independently released and funded in every way, including international distribution and music videos, without being assisted by other labels. Greg Puciato_sentence_53

The template for the label was established in the 2016 Black Queen's debut record, Fever Daydream, where Puciato set about developing every aspect of the album by themselves (i.e. him, his bandmates Alexander and Eustis, and Draxler), both musically and non-musically, tackling record pressings, merchandise, managing, etc. The Independent commented that the enterprise involved "a wealth of difficulties", stating that "they could have easily secured label funding considering the associations that each member has with established bands", yet Puciato saw it as rewarding because in the end they did not "corrupt" any aspect of the band, in particular its aesthetic, which "is on everything [the album] touches [from the creative end to the release end]." Greg Puciato_sentence_54

When Fever Daydream was released, the singer was initially against the use of a moniker but later changed his mind after discussing the logistics with Draxler. Greg Puciato_sentence_55

Guest work and non-musical Greg Puciato_section_7

In 2003, Puciato was set to sing on The Calculus of Evil album by technical death metal band Psychotegen, but ultimately Mike Harris from Misery Index filled that role. Greg Puciato_sentence_56

In 2004, Puciato sang all of the vocals on the five-song, self-titled EP of digital hardcore band Error, founded by future Nine Inch Nails member Atticus Ross and Epitaph Records owner/Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. Greg Puciato_sentence_57

His position was mainly considered as temporary studio work due to his priorities with the Dillinger Escape Plan, and the band never played any concerts. Greg Puciato_sentence_58

Puciato affirmed in 2012 that Error is "dead as of now." Greg Puciato_sentence_59

Puciato has recorded guest vocals on several songs: "The Feast" by Genghis Tron (2008), "The Pledge" by A Static Lullaby (2008), "The Marvelous Slut" by Every Time I Die (2009), "Rise of the Fallen" by Soulfly (2010), "Year In/Year Out" by Architects (2011), "The Mighty Masturbator" by Devin Townsend (2011), "Exit Wound" by Mixhell (2012), "Monster Within" by Suicide Silence (2014), "Torches" by Lamb of God (2015) and "Everyone Dies and Nothing Goes on" by Jesse Draxler (2020). Greg Puciato_sentence_60

He has on occasion joined Soulfly and Devin Townsend on stage to sing his parts. Greg Puciato_sentence_61

The collaboration between Puciato and Townsend came about in February 2011, after both being Tweeted by a fan expressing interest in seeing them work together. Greg Puciato_sentence_62

He contributed a remix of the song "Bad Fall" on the 2009 Prong remix album Power of the Damn Mixxxer. Greg Puciato_sentence_63

In January 2015, Puciato appeared as a murderer in the Retox video "Let's Not Keep in Touch", in which he chases and kills Retox guitar player Michael Crain with a baseball bat, before dumping him out of a van which frontman Justin Pearson is driving. Greg Puciato_sentence_64

In December 2016, Puciato appeared as a dancing shadow figure in the Drab Majesty video "39 By Design". Greg Puciato_sentence_65

He and the Dillinger Escape Plan repeatedly joined the stage with Nine Inch Nails during their 2009 Wave Goodbye Tour in North America, and in Australia (both with the Dillinger Escape Plan, and solo, performing the songs "Wish" and "Mr. Greg Puciato_sentence_66 Self Destruct"). Greg Puciato_sentence_67

On November 19–20, 2009, as part of the Chi Cheng benefit show at the Avalon Hollywood, he sang the Deftones songs "Passenger" and "Hexagram", both with Chino Moreno, as well as the Metallica classic "Battery" alongside members of Deftones, Metallica, System of a Down and Children of Bodom. Greg Puciato_sentence_68

He performed "Passenger" again most nights on the 2011 Deftones/Dillinger Escape Plan North American tour. Greg Puciato_sentence_69

On May 4, 2015, Puciato and Andrew Kline of Strife were invited on stage by Cavalera Conspiracy in Los Angeles for a cover of "Pay to Cum" by the Bad Brains. Greg Puciato_sentence_70

Puciato wrote the foreword for Jesse Draxler's June 2018 visual arts book Misophonia. Greg Puciato_sentence_71

On February 12, 2019, the singer released a book of poetry and photography titled Separate the Dawn, through Federal Prisoner. Greg Puciato_sentence_72

The book was done during the Dillinger Escape Plan's last tour and its release date marked the second anniversary of their accident in Poland, where a car collided with the band's tour bus near the town of Radomsko. Greg Puciato_sentence_73

The members were not seriously hurt, but they "narrowly survived"; the incident had a major psychological impact on Puciato. Greg Puciato_sentence_74

The initial 1000 hardcover copies of Separate the Dawn were followed by a second pressing of 200, each selling out within four days. Greg Puciato_sentence_75

On December 6 and 7, 2019, Puciato, along with former Dillinger drummer Gil Sharone and film composer Tyler Bates, joined Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains for two full shows of Alice In Chains songs and Jerry Cantrell solo material. Greg Puciato_sentence_76

The sold-out concerts were Cantrell's first solo concerts since 2004. Greg Puciato_sentence_77

On March 1, 2020, Puciato premiered the single "Fire For Water" on BBC Radio 1, featuring Dillinger original drummer Chris Pennie. Greg Puciato_sentence_78

The next day, he released a music video for the song on Revolver. Greg Puciato_sentence_79

The single is the first off his upcoming debut solo album, Child Soldier: Creator of God, announced that day, which will be released through Federal Prisoner. Greg Puciato_sentence_80

On May 1, Puciato released the second single "Deep Set" alongside its music video premiered on Consequence of Sound. Greg Puciato_sentence_81

Both 12-inch vinyls were limited to 250 copies and each sold out within hours, but digital editions remain available. Greg Puciato_sentence_82

Artistry Greg Puciato_section_8

Vocals and musical style Greg Puciato_section_9

According to The Range Place, Puciato has a Verdi baritone voice type and, as of August 2016, his recorded vocal range spans from A1 to C6, reaching 4 octaves, 3 notes. Greg Puciato_sentence_83

In addition to his range, reviewers have highlighted his versatility, which may encompass diverse styles in a single song, and unusual harmonization; both characteristics display features more akin to other genres than to heavy metal. Greg Puciato_sentence_84

His techniques cover crooning, screaming and, as stated by Ultimate Guitar, "so many different noises and sounds that don't even present themselves as human", comparing him with a "computer". Greg Puciato_sentence_85

The Dillinger Escape Plan music tended to demand heavier vocal timbres from Puciato, but PopMatters remarked that his "singing voice was so powerful, it came as a shock to startle ear drums when present." Greg Puciato_sentence_86

Others have described it as "rubbery-yet-vulnerable", possessing an "adenoidal quality" and often employing a "come-hither falsetto". Greg Puciato_sentence_87

Regarding his harsh vocals, journalist Calum McMillan singles out the rare "variation in tone and control" he attains, while MetalSucks calls it "surprisingly-well-enunciated" and "unmistakable ... to just blend in with metal's interchangeable screamers". Greg Puciato_sentence_88

Chris Corfield at considers Puciato one of the best examples of a singer who masters all heavy metal's various vocal styles. Greg Puciato_sentence_89

Although primarily known as a singer, Puciato started out as a guitarist and still plays it today. Greg Puciato_sentence_90

He is also a film score and video game music fan, and, as of 2005, Puciato had created several programmed pieces and instrumentals with his bandmate Chris Pennie, and until 2008 with musician John LaMacchia, but since then he has focused on his traditional writing ability. Greg Puciato_sentence_91

Influences Greg Puciato_section_10

As regards his influences, Puciato stated, "everything I've ever liked I sort of make a mental impression of. Greg Puciato_sentence_92

A song or soundtrack or moment from a movie, or the way an entire movie feels, or simply the way an actor feels, the way a writer feels." Greg Puciato_sentence_93

He describes them as cumulative and not always musical, trying "to find a way [of expressing them] through me vocally." Greg Puciato_sentence_94

When he was a child, the performance of singers Mike Patton in The Real Thing, Les Claypool in Frizzle Fry, H.R. Greg Puciato_sentence_95

in I Against I, and Chuck Mosley in We Care a Lot deeply influenced him. Greg Puciato_sentence_96

He would later cite Faith No More's Mike Patton and Bad Brains's H.R. as his biggest inspirations when growing up, who "opened my eyes a lot to what could be done with the voice overtop of heavy music." Greg Puciato_sentence_97

Furthermore, R&B singer Maxwell was a major influence on Puciato's falsetto, and Death's Chuck Schuldiner, especially his album Symbolic, on his death growl technique. Greg Puciato_sentence_98

Other prominent influences include Loveless by My Bloody Valentine; soul and R&B vocalists Seal, Russell Thompkins Jr., Sade, 1998 album Embrya by Maxwell, Rick James song "Fire and Desire", and Carl Anderson's "Heaven on Their Minds" from Jesus Christ Superstar; Mazzy Star frontwoman Hope Sandoval; and film director Stanley Kubrick. Greg Puciato_sentence_99

The main influences on Puciato's guitar playing were thrash metal and shredding. Greg Puciato_sentence_100

Vocal development Greg Puciato_section_11

Puciato claims that from age two he remembered the cadence of different actors from films and could mimic some, distinguished different instruments in a song, and also remembered the rhythms of things like washers, dryers and turn signals, in addition to manifesting signs of hyperlexia. Greg Puciato_sentence_101

He "couldn’t get enough of words or sounds" and he believes that those traits, along with his ADD, predisposed his inclination to music and performance. Greg Puciato_sentence_102

Puciato is a self-taught musician and, starting as a teen, he recorded himself on an eight-track recorder for many years, analyzing his vocal performances, trying to improve them and integrate the styles of singers he admired into his own, as well as practiced scales and exercises. Greg Puciato_sentence_103

In 2008, he called himself an "idiot" for no longer taking proper care of his voice while touring with the Dillinger Escape Plan and, as of 2013, his only training was singing other people's songs in increasing pitches. Greg Puciato_sentence_104

This was due to the band's hectic touring schedule (by 2013 Puciato had never missed a show) and their aim to self-manage it: the singer was entirely in charge of choosing their garments and mail orders between tours until the early 2010s, which left him time to solely focus on songwriting. Greg Puciato_sentence_105

After the Dillinger Escape Plan broke up, Puciato considered himself "lucky" to only have suffered temporary damage in his vocal cords throughout their career. Greg Puciato_sentence_106

Writing and recording Greg Puciato_section_12

Puciato follows the same approach in writing for the Black Queen, characterized by moody synths and electronics, and the Dillinger Escape Plan, featuring dissonant, complex rhythms and abrupt changes, despite the stylistic disparity of both bands. Greg Puciato_sentence_107

Detailing his vocal composition and recording processes, Puciato stated, "I don't leave anything out of the realm of possibility when it comes to vocal style, as far as getting what I want. Greg Puciato_sentence_108

I'm more interested in capturing or amplifying the emotion of the song". Greg Puciato_sentence_109

He tends to seek the "big picture" of his pieces under development instead of going through them detail by detail; the latter is a common procedure used by some of his musical partners and Puciato believes that both methods balance out the "flipside of their [respective] strengths". Greg Puciato_sentence_110

Before composing many songs, he usually listens to their instrumentals hundreds of times, in different environments, immersing himself in their structures until a "breakthrough" happens, usually involving a short verse, and then his writing naturally progresses. Greg Puciato_sentence_111

Puciato writes poems and prose independently of his music, and all of them are to varying degrees autobiographical, putting as much emphasis on the patterns and melodies of the songs as on their lyrics, and discarding those which "mean nothing" to him. Greg Puciato_sentence_112

Typically employing various figures of speech, PopMatters described Puciato as a "brilliant storyteller, always bringing the listener into the atmosphere of the song", and his lines "wash over you like an emotion — maybe you can't pinpoint its exact meaning or origin, but you know it's there", opined MetalSucks. Greg Puciato_sentence_113

Coincidentally, Puciato said that the context of his lyrics may be only understood by his closest friends, but he tries to "give their [emotional] source to the listener without it becoming too indecipherable or compromised along the way [of creating the music]." Greg Puciato_sentence_114

In his first years with the Dillinger Escape Plan, he oftentimes drew verses from his personal writing to make a song, focusing on phrasings and phonemes that fitted the songs' rhythms or moods instead of their literal meanings. Greg Puciato_sentence_115

However, he has since stopped "dissecting [his poems] and then trying to squeeze them into thoughts", choosing instead to create a distinct narrative for each of them. Greg Puciato_sentence_116

Puciato normally records vocals as soon as he pens lyrics in order to crystallize the emotional significance which, in that period, the words had for him. Greg Puciato_sentence_117

In this context, he once described himself as a "self-abusive perfectionist" because of his proclivity for repeating vocal takes numerous times, to the point of exhaustion, until he was either stopped by his companions or physically unable to continue. Greg Puciato_sentence_118

Concerning his choruses and use of melodies, Puciato states that most of his favorites come to his mind without much labor, describing the intersections of good melodies and meaningful lyrics as if they came "from the ether ... as hippie as that may sound." Greg Puciato_sentence_119

Live performances Greg Puciato_section_13

Stage performances by Puciato, particularly as a member of the Dillinger Escape Plan, were noted for their reckless, chaotic nature. Greg Puciato_sentence_120

The band was already known for its shows, but the addition of the singer in 2001 led to their most infamous performances. Greg Puciato_sentence_121

Commenting on his athletic physique and destructive antics, Invisible Oranges stated, "There have been plenty of imposing physiques in heavy music, but few have weaponized their body the way that Puciato has. Greg Puciato_sentence_122

... Greg Puciato_sentence_123

He treats his body like a battering ram, using it to crash against walls of other humans." Greg Puciato_sentence_124

The site went on to say that "Puciato is the perfect physical embodiment of the Dillinger Escape Plan's music. Greg Puciato_sentence_125

[Ben] Weinman smashes his guitar. Greg Puciato_sentence_126

Puciato smashes himself." Greg Puciato_sentence_127

The concerts caused him both cumulative and direct injuries, and a news site commented in 2013: "Thankfully, Mr. Puciato has not, as of this writing, actually killed himself while [performing]". Greg Puciato_sentence_128

During his first years with the band, Puciato kept blowing fire, in the same way as his predecessor Dimitri Minakakis, and started to light their drums on fire, to run rapidly from the stage onto the heads of the crowd, or to climb through them, as well as invited the audiences to the stage. Greg Puciato_sentence_129

Despite claiming to be afraid of heights, hallmarks of his shows included climbing balconies, PA systems or lighting rigs, to then jump off some of them. Greg Puciato_sentence_130

In the beginning he and his bandmates often smashed their gear, threw it to the crowd, and destroyed the venues' equipment at which they played. Greg Puciato_sentence_131

In 2005, the singer said that, during their first years, conflicts with security guards were common for him because one of them was either "being an asshole to a kid" or accidentally hit by a piece of equipment thrown from the stage. Greg Puciato_sentence_132

These stunts continuously led the Dillinger Escape Plan to be banned-and reinstated-by venues. Greg Puciato_sentence_133

When asked about his rehearsal schedule, Puciato said that the performances are "completely improvised. Greg Puciato_sentence_134

I just want to be as pure and in the moment as possible vocally and physically… to me it's about trying to transcend and reach the purest part of the moment and live in that completely for the whole performance." Greg Puciato_sentence_135

Puciato later resented that several fans were "frightened" of him due to their perception of him. Greg Puciato_sentence_136

Following the disbandment of the Dillinger Escape Plan in December 2017, Puciato started intensive cardio routines in order to, among other things, avoid experiencing "chemical tour withdrawal" due to "expell[ing] a small nuclear reactor's worth of energy ... [after] 17 years [of being] nearly every night on tour". Greg Puciato_sentence_137

Live incidents Greg Puciato_section_14

On his first live show with Dillinger, a heckler who asked for Minakakis was hit with a monitor thrown from the stage. Greg Puciato_sentence_138

A few shows afterward, Puciato's face was hit by a guitar, shattering a tooth and requiring emergency dentistry. Greg Puciato_sentence_139

During a 2002 show supporting System of a Down in Europe, audience members taunted the band and hurled chicken at them, which the singer picked up and ate. Greg Puciato_sentence_140

At their June 2002's Krazy Fest performance at Louisville Waterfront Park, Kentucky, Puciato set their guitar cabinets on fire, threw them into the Ohio River and leaped off into the water, unaware that the undertow could have pulled him deep beneath the surface and consequently drowned him. Greg Puciato_sentence_141

At the 2002 edition of the Reading Festival in the United Kingdom, Puciato defecated onstage, put it into a bag, and threw it into the crowd before smearing the rest onto himself, proclaiming "This is a bag of shit, I just wanted to show you this so you'll recognize it later on throughout the day" referring to other bands that would appear that day of the festival, particularly Puddle of Mudd and Hoobastank. Greg Puciato_sentence_142

The act caused much controversy and had the Dillinger Escape Plan on the verge of being banned in the UK. Greg Puciato_sentence_143

Upon returning to Reading in 2016, Puciato played the opening song "Prancer" sitting on an onstage couch reading a newspaper and drinking tea. Greg Puciato_sentence_144

On June 10, 2006, the Dillinger Escape Plan played in Fredericksburg, Virginia in front of a hostile audience and a spectator stole James Love's guitar, leading Puciato to chase him from the stage to the parking lot where the robber got into his car, ran over the singer's foot and a member of Cattle Decapitation tossed a hammer through his windshield, yet he managed to flee. Greg Puciato_sentence_145

At the Los Angeles House of Blues, opening for Cavalera Conspiracy in 2008, Puciato jumped into the VIP section and threw a chair to a security guard who was "roughing up" a fan, giving rise to a near-riot, the audience beginning to throw objects and the other guards trying to drag the singer off the stage for the rest of their set. Greg Puciato_sentence_146

The event ended up with six police cars arriving at the place and, by 2011, Dillinger had been still barred from that chain of venues across the country. Greg Puciato_sentence_147

When they were reinstated to perform at House of Blues, headlining the 2013 Summer Slaughter Tour, the show was guarded by police but there were still two people knocked out in a mosh pit. Greg Puciato_sentence_148

Views on the music industry Greg Puciato_section_15

Fascinated with DIY culture and tape trading, Puciato has worked without the assistance of record labels or marketing professionals since the 2016 album Fever Daydream, and, since 2018, he has done so with visual artist Jesse Draxler on the two-man independent label Federal Prisoner, where they have performed or learned the different operations associated with releasing music by themselves. Greg Puciato_sentence_149

Puciato believes that is essential for artists to keep a "personal connection to everything" related to their projects for as long as they can, including the non-musical aspects (merchandise, videos, audience interaction and operational tasks), as well as to avoid "the equivalent of a prolongued summer camp for as long as you can before you have to go into the real world." Greg Puciato_sentence_150

While critical of major labels, he said that they are "not [entirely] just a bunch of capitalists" and that among them still are people with "strong passion for growing artistic culture and individuality", and that, in the best case-scenario, they are capable of "nurturing you and supporting you", but he could no longer separate the creative process from the non-creative ones. Greg Puciato_sentence_151

Since the Dillinger Escape Plan broke up in December 2017, Puciato has only released limited editions of his records and products, such as his book, as he had already done with the first Black Queen album. Greg Puciato_sentence_152

In line with this he has gone "down the rabbit hole" on creating different variants for each limited vinyl and cassette tape that he has made. Greg Puciato_sentence_153

This undertaking was partially a reaction to his experiences with some people in the music industry, whose major focuses were on the number of copies they sold or involving themselves in large labels or brands to gain prestige, objective which Puciato sees as tampering the creative authenticity of artists. Greg Puciato_sentence_154

In 2018, he elaborated: Greg Puciato_sentence_155

Puciato's fixed interest in limitation was also inspired by his discovery and purchase of a 1987 first pressing of Soundgarden's debut release Screaming Life, which was limited to 500 copies and became a cherished record to Puciato after Chris Cornell's death, and the 8-track bootleg Live at Slim's by Melvins, that only had 100 copies. Greg Puciato_sentence_156

He has also avoided doing unnecessary advertisements or "constantly be forcing conversation" for his upcoming projects, and uses social media scantily in this aspect. Greg Puciato_sentence_157

For example, 2019's Separate the Dawn was announced just a month before the release date and without special events. Greg Puciato_sentence_158

The singer is opposed to illegal downloading, especially concerning underground artists who struggle to maintain a career, and he emphasizes that the convenience of buying music through Internet has left "no excuse for bankrupting a scene or band you're into anymore." Greg Puciato_sentence_159

The 2010 Dillinger Escape Plan song "Good Neighbor" deals with this topic. Greg Puciato_sentence_160

On the other hand, he has also remarked that the timesaving benefits of using Internet are "incredibly valuable" and override its drawbacks as long as it is tapped into creatively by artists. Greg Puciato_sentence_161

As a consequence he has refused to launch crowdfunding campaigns, e.g. via Kickstarter or other platforms, for any of his projects, believing that doing so is creatively and morally "weak." Greg Puciato_sentence_162

Personal life, public perception and controversies Greg Puciato_section_16

Puciato moved to Los Angeles, California around 2009. Greg Puciato_sentence_163

He cited his discomfort with the cold weather of the American East Coast as the main reason. Greg Puciato_sentence_164

Puciato is a voracious reader and has taken several online courses at California State University, Long Beach amidst his career, including classes on psychology, sociology and economy. Greg Puciato_sentence_165

Besides songwriting, he writes poems and prose "all the time" and has a copious amount of texts unreleased. Greg Puciato_sentence_166

Journalist Andrew Parks at Self-titled considered "unfortunate" that the singer's live presence or public remarks diverted these aspects of his personality away from Puciato's public image - a sentiment later echoed by the frontman. Greg Puciato_sentence_167

The singer's athletic body has drawn the attention of media and fans. Greg Puciato_sentence_168

Puciato started working out at fifteen because he saw it as a healthy hobby besides music and "just kept going with ... [because] it kinda kept me out of a lot of trouble - I mean, I don't really drink or do drugs or anything like that. Greg Puciato_sentence_169

So it's like what else do you do?" Greg Puciato_sentence_170

In a 2010 interview with ESPN, Puciato revealed that he had considered becoming a professional bodybuilder, but ultimately changed his mind because of his dissatisfaction with that industry. Greg Puciato_sentence_171

By 2018, he had reduced his weightlifting sessions drastically and in turn shifted them into many forms of aerobic exercises, which was preceded by a reassessment of his motives behind training. Greg Puciato_sentence_172

That year, he claimed to be probably in the best condition of his life. Greg Puciato_sentence_173

For the most part, Puciato has avoided addressing his personal and family relationships in order to respect their privacy. Greg Puciato_sentence_174

In 2012, it was reported that he was romantically linked to former pornographic actress Jenna Haze. Greg Puciato_sentence_175

After this surfaced, the singer expressed uneasiness yet thought that it was "somewhat unavoidable" due to their public profiles at the time. Greg Puciato_sentence_176

From around 2011 to 2013, Puciato had many experiences with psychedelic drugs. Greg Puciato_sentence_177

In 2013, the singer was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and subsequently treated it. Greg Puciato_sentence_178

Puciato was relieved to have finally identified it because, until then, he did not understand several of his personal traits such as hyperfocus and a deficiency in short-term memory when performing music-related activities, as well as a distortion in time perception. Greg Puciato_sentence_179

He has dealt with panic attacks, agoraphobia, depression and other mental health issues as well. Greg Puciato_sentence_180

In an extensive 2018 interview with Kerrang! Greg Puciato_sentence_181 , Puciato opened up about his inner struggles with the intention of helping people who are going through similar situations. Greg Puciato_sentence_182

Incidents Greg Puciato_section_17

Prior to recording 2007's Ire Works by the Dillinger Escape Plan, Puciato and bassist Liam Wilson set to break the world record for the Cannonball Run Challenge in the singer's car, from their homes in the Northeast Coast to their recording studio in California. Greg Puciato_sentence_183

On his first shift, Puciato drove twenty-two hours straight and received speeding tickets in three states worth hundreds of dollars. Greg Puciato_sentence_184

When they arrived and eventually finished the album, Puciato left his car there before returning to Baltimore and was later jailed amidst a Dillinger tour due to forgetting to pay a fine. Greg Puciato_sentence_185

On July 23, 2010, Puciato's death was faked by bandmates Ben Weinman and Liam Wilson, when they posted on their Twitter accounts that the singer had passed in his sleep. Greg Puciato_sentence_186

Shortly after their Warped Tour set on that day, Every Time I Die vocalist Keith Buckley debunked the rumor, tweeting, "If Greg Puciato is dead, then his corpse just played a great set on mainstage today." Greg Puciato_sentence_187

In January 2012, the singer ended up with the assistance of emergency units after ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms mixed with other substances, which had caused what he described as "something in between a near-death experience and a near-out-of-body experience." Greg Puciato_sentence_188

In early 2015, all of Puciato's personal belongings were stolen while he was relocating to a new place. Greg Puciato_sentence_189

Statements and beliefs Greg Puciato_section_18

In addition to his music and stage shows, Puciato is known for his outspokenness. Greg Puciato_sentence_190

Several of his statements on social media and interviews became headlines. Greg Puciato_sentence_191

Puciato has expressed more affinity for the progressive-leaning ethics of punk and hardcore than those of heavy metal. Greg Puciato_sentence_192

He has been critical of both organized religion and mainstream politics, and of the relationship between the two, and has been consistently supportive of LGBT rights, criticizing homophobia in heavy metal subculture, releasing a shirt in support of LGBT rights with the Dillinger Escape Plan, and also debuting a video from the Black Queen on Out's magazine website. Greg Puciato_sentence_193

In 2018, Puciato explained that he has a "really big gag reflex" for artists who are not genuine with their audiences or who compromise themselves to profit. Greg Puciato_sentence_194

He does not view the relationship between artists and fans as hierarchical, and in 2016 explained: "I mainly feel acutely aware of wanting to connect with people [through art], to reach from your innermost abstract being to theirs, a direct line, as a person and not a thing or a product, and to never treat people as below you just because they appreciate what you do or pay to see you." Greg Puciato_sentence_195

Especially during his tenure with the Dillinger Escape Plan, Puciato was outspoken on his opinions about other musicians, criticizing, among others, Puddle of Mudd, Fall Out Boy, and Jared Leto of Thirty Seconds to Mars, referring to the latter's transition from actor to rock musician as a "revolting shtick" and said that he "makes Fred Durst seem like Jim Morrison." Greg Puciato_sentence_196

His diatribes against Leto and Fall Out Boy came about after he discovered that they would headline festivals in which Slayer and the Melvins, and Judas Priest, respectively, would also play, describing those situations as "disgraceful." Greg Puciato_sentence_197

In 2006, the members of the Dillinger Escape Plan and Avenged Sevenfold interchanged several insults and taunts, with the Dillinger page ending up parodying Avenged Sevenfold's use of stage names; its members' new names stood as G. Piranha (Puciato), Blaster Master Weinman (Ben Weinman), Bullwhip Benoit (Brian Benoit), Corpsefucker Pennie (Chris Pennie) and Leafeater Wilson (Liam Wilson). Greg Puciato_sentence_198

According to Puciato, he began making negative remarks about the band following the 2003 Take Action Tour, where Avenged Sevenfold supported the Dillinger Escape Plan, in which, as stated by him, their members took in provisions from Dillinger's catering table without asking them or introducing themselves. Greg Puciato_sentence_199

In 2010, Puciato referred to Animals as Leaders as his "favorite instrumental metal band ever! Greg Puciato_sentence_200

... [Their style is] refreshing. Greg Puciato_sentence_201

Usually virtuosity and boring go hand in hand, but this is a perfect marriage of soul-feeling with absurdly proficient guitar playing." Greg Puciato_sentence_202

Shortly after listening to them, he approached the band with the idea of a joint tour with Dillinger which came about in March of that year. Greg Puciato_sentence_203

He has called Prurient "one of the handful of people I've met who feel like true kindred spirits" and expressed "absolute respect" for Converge and their "artistic integrity." Greg Puciato_sentence_204

He also named Discordance Axis' The Inalienable Dreamless "probably my favorite grindcore album of all time", expressed admiration for Neurosis, The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett, and the production work of the 1980s Janet Jackson albums. Greg Puciato_sentence_205

In a 2013 interview, Puciato said that he does not "have a filter" on his statements, live performances and songs' lyrics, and in the past he thought that this "was a plus". Greg Puciato_sentence_206

He claims that this led his social media to become a "distraction" and distorted their original intention, which was to have a closer relationship with his fans. Greg Puciato_sentence_207

Eventually, he closed them all in late 2012, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Greg Puciato_sentence_208

Discography Greg Puciato_section_19

Solo Greg Puciato_section_20

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With the Dillinger Escape Plan Greg Puciato_section_21

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With Spylacopa Greg Puciato_section_22

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  • Spylacopa (2008)Greg Puciato_item_2_6

With Killer Be Killed Greg Puciato_section_23

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  • Killer Be Killed (2014)Greg Puciato_item_3_7
  • Reluctant Hero (2020)Greg Puciato_item_3_8

With the Black Queen Greg Puciato_section_24

For a more comprehensive list, see The Black Queen (band) § Discography. Greg Puciato_sentence_209

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Guest work Greg Puciato_section_25

Greg Puciato_table_general_1

YearGreg Puciato_header_cell_1_0_0 ArtistGreg Puciato_header_cell_1_0_1 ReleaseGreg Puciato_header_cell_1_0_2 Additional informationGreg Puciato_header_cell_1_0_3 SourceGreg Puciato_header_cell_1_0_4
2004Greg Puciato_cell_1_1_0 ErrorGreg Puciato_cell_1_1_1 ErrorGreg Puciato_cell_1_1_2 VocalsGreg Puciato_cell_1_1_3 Greg Puciato_cell_1_1_4
2008Greg Puciato_cell_1_2_0 Genghis TronGreg Puciato_cell_1_2_1 Board Up the HouseGreg Puciato_cell_1_2_2 Vocals on "The Feast"Greg Puciato_cell_1_2_3 Greg Puciato_cell_1_2_4
2008Greg Puciato_cell_1_3_0 A Static LullabyGreg Puciato_cell_1_3_1 Rattlesnake!Greg Puciato_cell_1_3_2 Vocals on "The Pledge"Greg Puciato_cell_1_3_3 Greg Puciato_cell_1_3_4
2009Greg Puciato_cell_1_4_0 Every Time I DieGreg Puciato_cell_1_4_1 New Junk AestheticGreg Puciato_cell_1_4_2 Vocals on "The Marvelous Slut"Greg Puciato_cell_1_4_3 Greg Puciato_cell_1_4_4
2010Greg Puciato_cell_1_5_0 SoulflyGreg Puciato_cell_1_5_1 OmenGreg Puciato_cell_1_5_2 Vocals on "Rise of the Fallen"Greg Puciato_cell_1_5_3 Greg Puciato_cell_1_5_4
2011Greg Puciato_cell_1_6_0 ArchitectsGreg Puciato_cell_1_6_1 The Here and NowGreg Puciato_cell_1_6_2 Vocals on "Year in Year Out"Greg Puciato_cell_1_6_3 Greg Puciato_cell_1_6_4
2011Greg Puciato_cell_1_7_0 The Devin Townsend ProjectGreg Puciato_cell_1_7_1 DeconstructionGreg Puciato_cell_1_7_2 Vocals on "The Mighty Masturbator"Greg Puciato_cell_1_7_3 Greg Puciato_cell_1_7_4
2013Greg Puciato_cell_1_8_0 MixHellGreg Puciato_cell_1_8_1 SpacesGreg Puciato_cell_1_8_2 Vocals on "Exit Wound"Greg Puciato_cell_1_8_3 Greg Puciato_cell_1_8_4
2014Greg Puciato_cell_1_9_0 Suicide SilenceGreg Puciato_cell_1_9_1 You Can't Stop MeGreg Puciato_cell_1_9_2 Vocals on "Monster Within"Greg Puciato_cell_1_9_3 Greg Puciato_cell_1_9_4
2015Greg Puciato_cell_1_10_0 Lamb of GodGreg Puciato_cell_1_10_1 VII: Sturm und DrangGreg Puciato_cell_1_10_2 Vocals on "Torches"Greg Puciato_cell_1_10_3 Greg Puciato_cell_1_10_4
2020Greg Puciato_cell_1_11_0 Jesse DraxlerGreg Puciato_cell_1_11_1 Reigning CementGreg Puciato_cell_1_11_2 Vocals on "Everyone Dies and Nothing Goes on"Greg Puciato_cell_1_11_3 Greg Puciato_cell_1_11_4

Remixes Greg Puciato_section_26

Greg Puciato_table_general_2

YearGreg Puciato_header_cell_2_0_0 ArtistGreg Puciato_header_cell_2_0_1 ReleaseGreg Puciato_header_cell_2_0_2 Additional informationGreg Puciato_header_cell_2_0_3 SourceGreg Puciato_header_cell_2_0_4
2009Greg Puciato_cell_2_1_0 ProngGreg Puciato_cell_2_1_1 Power of the Damn MixxxerGreg Puciato_cell_2_1_2 Remixed "Bad Fall"Greg Puciato_cell_2_1_3 Greg Puciato_cell_2_1_4

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