Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine (Cover Artwork)

Dillinger Escape Plan

Dillinger Escape Plan: Miss MachineMiss Machine (2004)
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After listening to what feels like a thousand different records - all of which led me to wonder how many of these bands employ Adam Lazzara - I was becoming increasingly cynical about the ability of recent music to affect me in any meaningful way. And certainly, I count Calculating Infinity amo.
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After listening to what feels like a thousand different records - all of which led me to wonder how many of these bands employ Adam Lazzara - I was becoming increasingly cynical about the ability of recent music to affect me in any meaningful way. And certainly, I count Calculating Infinity among my absolute favorites, so I approached this long awaited release with a mixture of anticipation and skepticism. The addition of a new singer, the third (of sorts) for the band, as well a five year delay between full lengths left me a more than a little nervous about the future of one of my favorite bands.

Of course, the first and most noticeable difference between Calculating Infinity and Miss Machine is the addition of Greg Puciato, and I must confess that as much as I loved Dimitri's contributions to the bands first EPs and full length, Pucciato more than adequately fills his role, adding more versatility than Dimitri ever attempted. From the undeniable power and rage on "Panasonic Youth," and "Van Damsel" to the melodic and dynamic range he demonstrates on the Latin-inspired "Unretrofied," Greg manages to both impress with his mastery of both Dimitri's scorching scream, as well as his contribution, a powerful and dynamic tenor. Any doubts I had about his ability to function as a replacement were quickly quashed as I progressed through the eleven song disc, only his first record with the band.

Despite the bands reputation as progenitors of "math-core" - a reputation they could easily have rested on for the next decade - Miss Machine is possessed of an unmistakable progression and once again demonstrates why the band is one of the most innovative forces in modern music. While their potent combination of hardcore, grind, jazz and industrial music was already incredible, the addition of melodic elements and further progression down a variety of new avenues leaves this record as a unique experience. The rhythm and explosive power of "Highway Robbery" progresses seamlessly into a burst of a melodic chorus before breaking down into a pseudo-drum and bass bridge; while "Phone Home" takes The Downward Spiral's "The Becoming" and morphs it into a dark and addictive tour de force.

But all this technical mastery could become a dry academic exercise into music theory in the wrong hands; Don Caballero's instrumental noise, jazz and metal make for a unique and influential mix, but the result is often sterile and impersonal. Luckily, The Dillinger Escape Plan never falls into the "noodling" trap, allowing its considerable instrumental and vocal prowess to serve as a vehicle for the songs, not as the songs themselves.

While some may complain that Patton's contribution with the band (the wonderful Irony is a Dead Scene) had too much of an influence on the band, I'm not clear on why the influence of arguably the best vocalist in contemporary music would be considered as a strike against the band. Greg certainly takes some cues from the multi-faceted vocalist, most certainly in the melodic chorus of "Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants" which sounds like Faith No More filtered through progressive hardcore, but ignoring the singular influence that Patton's projects like Mr.Bungle and Fantomas undoubtedly had on the band would be a missed opportunity.

If nothing else, Miss Machine has renewed my faith and all but erased the auto-tuned annoyances of those other bands from my memory. And while bands like the Dillinger Escape Plan rarely receive the mainstream success of those bandwagoneers - usually having to make do with the adulation and admiration of musicians and critics - Miss Machine is that special kind of record which rests precariously on the apex of accessibility and importance. Without a doubt, one of the finest records released this year, and almost certainly the best heavy record since, well, their last one.


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Chupachup_Punk (November 16, 2008)

Well I'm a few years late to the party but I had to drop a comment because Miss Machine is unbelievably awesome

Left_Tee (November 27, 2006)

Definitely in my top five favorite albums.

benz (May 29, 2006)


TIGHT (May 23, 2006)


hxcwannabe (April 15, 2006)

great cd i still love it

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

this sounds like powerman 5000. not good. dillinger lost everything that made them special. score is also for jerbangs at their shows..... steve

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

this sounds like powerman 5000. not good. dillinger lost everything that made them special. score is also for jerbangs at their shows..... steve

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

Man the album art is cool:) And this album is fucking too awesome, you can't ever get tired of it!! Each time i listen to it, I hear something new and I've got the album for near a year! and the drummmer... the drummer is crazy!!

God Bless Dillinger!!

Anonymous (January 12, 2006)

The album art kinda sucks but the cd is amazing.

Anonymous (December 8, 2005)

one year later and i still care about this record. Excellent!

Anonymous (December 2, 2005)

As a bigger Bungle fan than Patton fan, and an avid LinknPark hater, this album does have Patton written all over it, which is cool. But it also does have a couple Park like moments.

Anyhow, do these guys like punk, or dislike it?

Godfather (October 18, 2005)

these guys are good, but they need to cut down on the steroids

crazytoledo (July 2, 2005)

this is awesome shit!

im-dead (April 19, 2005)

I must admit, was a bit skeptical of DEP at first. I thought they may have been just one of those bands that scenesters pretend to like to be cool and such. Alas, after purchasing this album and thoroughly listening to it three times in a row all the way through (seriously), i found myself a new favourite band, move over leatherface!!
I imediately bought all their previous releases and they are all simply great, i don't really have a favourite, comparing their various releases is like comparing beer to really good food. They all just blend in perfectly.
And, while on the subjects of comparisons, i definately prefer Greg's vocal "talents" to that of his various predessecors.
Dillinger Rock My World!!!

Anonymous (April 6, 2005)

alot of these people like this band, but ya know what i think they are fucking horrbile, their music sounds like they dont even know how to play. it sounds out of fuckin control

Anonymous (March 17, 2005)

miss machine = good mushroom trip
enough said.
i thought the cd was just as good as any dillinger cd and the fact that it saved me from a bad mushroom experience, is another good reason. and plus, who could top mike patton? no one; but i'd have to say the new vocalist is pretty decent.

Anonymous (March 16, 2005)

Greg's a pretty funny guy - I saw em live and he said "Fuck The White Stripes, why the fuck would you pretend your wife is your sister? What the fuck is that?". That's before I got brutalised by a gang of huge bastards.


Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

Yeah man this is so Linkin Park. I love when Greg starts busting out the mad ill rhymes.

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

This album is great. 'Nuff said.

Anonymous (January 31, 2005)

it will kick your ass love the druming. he is one of the best

Anonymous (December 29, 2004)

Honestly, I was never a huge fan of DEP in the beginning, someone introduced them to me along with Candiria. The EP with Patton though, and this new one especially, have changed my mind about them. My GF loves them, and I feel good that I gave them another chance thanks to her. Greg's a great vocalist. This record rocks, buy it or die.

Anonymous (December 13, 2004)

dude... DeP!? this band is crazy ass fucked speed hyped jazz scaling guitar flying hardcore shit.... this band deserves respect and to the people who dont understand....


Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

Great disk; definitely worthy of a 10. I recently ordered the new Mastodon album from Relapse. I think I'm going hardcore.


Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

i nutted

Anonymous (October 30, 2004)

Half of the songs sound like Linkin Park?

Fucking cuntrag. You obviously have no idea what you're talking about.


Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

I don't think Linkin Park with their three guitarists will ever create a moment, let alone a song or a record, that parallels DEP.

Listening to that little jam part in 'Panasonic Youth' makes me giggle every time...it's quite unbelievable.

Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

This was nothing like calculating infinity (which i loved) or pretty much anything else they have done, but it still sounds like DEP even if its not as crazy and theres not guitar all over the place. But hey it still kicks the shit out of that radio crap.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

Calculating Infinity is a great album, but how is this "progress" when half of the songs sound like Linkin Park?

Anonymous (September 20, 2004)

there are a few songs that I like less than others, but this cd is totally sweet. I get to see DEP play with Every Time I Die and Zao. it's gonna rock!!

Anonymous (August 20, 2004)

new DEP interview http://www.peta2.com/ot/o-dep.html

Anonymous (August 5, 2004)

best comment ever to the spirit of dillinger story


Anonymous (August 5, 2004)

Very solid album. Some of it is a little bit too nu-metal and Nine Inch Nails for me. I respect NIN and DEP, but I never was into the whole industrial thing. But I bought it, and I enjoy it.

Some parts really did turn me off though, because I couldn't help but draw comparisons to overdramatic and theatrical metal.


Anonymous (August 1, 2004)

10. But it wasn't always going to be.

Several years ago I heard Calculating Infinity for the first time. The CD goes in my stereo, there's this weird widdly-widdly sound and BAM! I find myself semi-conscious on the floor and there's this guy standing over me with a sock. The sock looks like it has a brick in it. "Who the hell are you?" I manage to get out in between spitting out moutfulls of blood. "I am the spirit of DIllinger. Have at you!". So the guy spends the next 30 minutes pummelling my face with this brick-sock. It felt good. I realised I would spend the next few years making sure all my friends had their faces smashed in as well. If they didn't like it, well fuck 'em. I do - and that's all that matters. So I did.

Flash forward to last week. I got the new Dillinger album. I got me a hockey mask, some shoulder padding and a jockstrap. That fuckin' Dillinger spirit fuck isn't gonna get me this time. I listen to the entire album and... nothing. No spirit, no sock with a brick in it. No baseball bats. Nothing. Instead, I get actual tunes, SINGING, 4/4 and... did I mention singing?

It's all very good, but not what I was expecting. I listened to it a couple more times, but the Spirit Of Dillinger didn't appear. I went to bed that night very confused and a little disappointed. The next day I woke up. The CD is still in the stereo. I figure there's no harm in putting this pretty average album on again. This time was a little different - I heard a different set of tunes to the ones I listened to yesterday. These ones were AWESOME. I felt a sudden burning sensation. I looked down and my trousers were on fire. As I bent down about to stop drop and roll, some massive force flung me to the floor. A familiar figure stood above me again. He had a sniper rifle in his arms and his cloak was splattered with blood. My blood.

"I am the Spirit Of Dillinger, motherfucker!" he said. "Did you really think you were gonna get away with it?"

I shook my head, appreciating anew the final apocalyptic James Bond-y riff in Sleeping Giants, the strings in Phone Home, the... widdly-widdly-wee part submerged beneath gigantic chords in Highway Robbery and of course, the 4/4 time sigs. "Uh... no?" I replied, hopefully.

He got the sock out. "That's right, dickhead!", the Spirit spat as he kicked me in the nads. It felt awesome.


manifesto (July 30, 2004)

Just got the album today...Miss Machine fuckin' rocks! And the DVD that comes with it is great! One of the best albums of the year...if not the best.

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

If you don't check this out you are fucking stupid. DEP has created a masterpiece that will not soon be followed. Caculating Infinity was nothing less than this album, but Miss Machine is explosive and consistant. Go buy it, help DEP move out of their parent's houses.

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

dude, my band can kick this band's ass.

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

cant beat the dvd that comes with it either

Anonymous (July 26, 2004)

I didn't really know what to think of DEP before, but there'd been a lot of hype of over this record...

I checked out a few tracks, I can't really get into it. I mean, I don't mind being musically all over the place, but this takes the prize. I could only really listen to 'Panasonic Youth' longer than about a minute. Just not my thing.

stevejonestherealbones (July 25, 2004)

does no one think track ten is so bland and as bad as or worse than any linkin park?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (July 25, 2004)

Some of the best metal on the planet right now. The balance between metal, jazz, and other material on this is perfect, so there is no songs that are too dense or weak, and the lyrics and titles are fantastic. If you're tired of macho metal bands with unimaginative lyrics trying to prove a point of not fucking with them, then try this. Very imaginative titles, great vocals, astounding tight-as-a-babys-ringpiece drumming, and intense stringwork, with dynamics.
Get it, basically.

daegan (July 24, 2004)

"I'm gonna get this today, and listen to it while playing NFL 2K5...its no Madden, but $20, damn thats hot."

Most people who have seen both are actually saying that this year's ESPN NFL is better than Madden :o

Of course, around here, no one will buy into that.

boba_fett (July 23, 2004)

but is it any good?

chrisafi (July 23, 2004)

This album is a touch raw. Needs a bit of work
Good band. Not Great. Music is Ok. Not good. Not great.
I think certain parts need a bit more structure to them. I don't like it when it gets all hazy and somewhat confusing.

But not a bad album at all. I've heard much worse
I will keep tabs on them

stevejonestherealbones (July 23, 2004)


- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

SOYBOMB (July 23, 2004)

"This is the real fusion of math, hardcore, and grind."

I thought that was called Calculus!



Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

did anyone actually think this would get anything less than a 10? blah blah

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

Awesome record! One of the best metal/hc bands around.

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

This shit is garbage.....

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

Couldn't have said it better myself. It's not Calculating Infinity Pt. 2 but it takes the first full length, the stint with Patton, and some new twists, to make this a very enjoyable record.

Not their greatest but definitely worth getting. DEP is back!!!


BizzleBrizzle (July 23, 2004)

i have a friend who thinks patton is god, apparently mike patton has had some sort of hand in every heavier rock band of the 90s

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

Panasonic Youth is a Bombgasm of a song


Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

wow, since when is having a Patton influence a bad thing?

stevejonestherealbones (July 22, 2004)

my only complaint is that for some reason, and this may be a mix up, they let linkin park write and maybe even perform track ten . otherwise a great album

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

BizzleBrizzle (July 22, 2004)

"Why do people post reviews of bands that no one has ever heard of and that no one will ever hear of?

Let's get more pop-punk reviews!"

All bands who aren't mainstream should just quit right?

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

This score is for Mike Patton.

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

pretty good, but i still wish theyd been able to hold on to mike patton

mikeinflames (July 22, 2004)

on a side note why hasn't anyone reviewed the new Zao album
it is quite good and enjoyable
this score is for the Zao album

mikeinflames (July 22, 2004)

i agree with mr. steve jones on this one
personally i'm not a fan of this band
just don't like them
i do however repsect the fact that they are gifted musicians
and they put on one hell of a live show
but why does a large majority of DEP fans get so offended when someone says they don't like DEP?
like i said before they are talented but it is quite possible that thier style isn't everyone's cup of tea
going on the logic that everyone should like a band just because they are talented would mean that everyone should love Dave Matthews Band
because pound ofr pound they are the most talented group of musicians around today

Anonymous (July 22, 2004)

Why do people post reviews of bands that no one has ever heard of and that no one will ever hear of?

Let's get more pop-punk reviews!

BizzleBrizzle (July 22, 2004)

"So....Only Crime...that CD didn't actually come out, right?"

I wrote a review for it the day it came out, it probably sucked a dickload and that's why it's not up here.

BSD (July 22, 2004)

You'd definitley love them

Jesse (July 22, 2004)

What a bunch of untalented ass-clowns. They should just change their name back to A Flock of Seagulls and play that new-wave shit that they were famous for in the 80s.

...to be honest, I've never really listened to DEP, but I'm sure I'd really like them.

stevejonestherealbones (July 21, 2004)

"I'm glad there's so many closed minded idiots who don't like this band. It lets the intelligent music lovers see this incredible band in small venues still. THANKS MORONS."

i like this band and i like this cd, but why the fuck does it mean someone is closeminded and unintelligent if they dont like a fucking band? if they dont like the way it sounds, they dont like the way it sounds. being intelligent has nothing to do with it. but being a moron has everything to do with thinking what you do.

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

I saw these guys do an in-store at vintage vinyl the day Miss Machine came out. It was crazy seeing them in such a small place. Greg actually jumped off the stage and was screaming while standing on top of the rows of cds. I think I saw the manager shit his pants. Ridiculously awesome

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

Where did things go wrong?

soulbleed (July 21, 2004)

bwah. awesomeness.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

i've been pretty excited for this one. i'm still in my "getting used to it" phase (ie the first 8 or so listens), because i hate making snap judgements about records because so many that i love weren't ones i liked at first. however, i'm starting to really get into this one, and it's possible i'll like it as much as calculating infinity eventually. gerg's vocals are taking a bit to get used to, but i'm starting to like the changes his vocals have made to the band. so for now i'll give this record a tentative thumbs up.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

Crap, this shite has nothing to do with punk, i dont care how "technical" it is, im sure all the "im hipper than you punks will say they love it just because everyone else does. Total crap-oldpunker-

Thats because punk sucks, and this doesn't.

manifesto (July 21, 2004)

I want this album so bad! It will be out on July 27th here in Montreal!

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

You can't polish a turd!

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

Perfect CD.

However, track 7 was kind of a waste of space that has nothing to do with either song it fits between. However, it wasn't really a song either. Instead it was like a minute or so of looping sound effects that kinda sounded like DEP left the studio and a very stoned out John Tesh came in under the influence of the Elfman scores for many a Tim Burton movies. Weird and highly unneeded, but otherwise, the CD is fucking SOLID!

sickboi (July 21, 2004)

I'm gonna get this today, and listen to it while playing NFL 2K5...its no Madden, but $20, damn thats hot.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

I'm glad there's so many closed minded idiots who don't like this band. It lets the intelligent music lovers see this incredible band in small venues still. THANKS MORONS.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

I don't "get" this album or this band.

I don't know... Rating for Doom 3 specs not being horrendous.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

You amuse me "anchors", thanks, oldpunker-

Anchors (July 21, 2004)

Kirby is right Scott, you shouln't miss a Dillinger show under any circumstances, take your mom.

And to the kid who calls himself "oldpunker," shut up. Not everything reviewed on punknews.org has to be a punk band, in case you've yet to notice. So just shut up.

jamespastepunk (July 21, 2004)

Dude, I miss Chicago's DEP date b/c I'm not in town, and then I miss it again becuase I already got tickets for Tsunami Bomb and the Lawrence Arms.

At least I'll see DEP at Hellfest.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

not my cup of tea but I understand why it's liked.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

Crap, this shite has nothing to do with punk, i dont care how "technical" it is, im sure all the "im hipper than you punks will say they love it just because everyone else does. Total crap-oldpunker-

kirbypuckett (July 21, 2004)

This is a situation where you should take your mom to the show Scott.

- Kirby

pwfanatic (July 21, 2004)

great review aubin. i might have to actually go out of my way to check this out now.

Anonymous (July 21, 2004)

Only Crime is out... it came out last week.


gladimnotemo (July 21, 2004)

I can get into the Blood Brothers. I can't get into this...at all.

So....Only Crime...that CD didn't actually come out, right?

ElVaquero (July 21, 2004)

Scott, there is a solution: TAKE THEM

They're touring with PMFS and some dates with The Bronx. HOW FUCKING COOL IS THAT?

BizzleBrizzle (July 21, 2004)

If one word could describe their music, I would say it represents desperation, like someone clawing to get out of a room that is filling up with gas, fighting for their life.

maverick (July 20, 2004)

The Dillinger tour is playing here on July 30th. I was sooooooo excited to go. Then my Mom calls and tells me that she and my sister are coming to visit me that very same weekend.



inagreendase (July 20, 2004)

Like most others I'm sure, I had a feeling they would progress to include more melody, and it works damn well.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

This is definitely a progression, and a solid album, but I've always felt Dillingers live show was the best showcase of their technical prowess, and it gives them the opportunity to live out that penchant for covering Justin Timberlake they have.

- Anchors

BizzleBrizzle (July 20, 2004)

One of the musically best bands of our time

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

What's with the 4/4 time pop-punk songs on this album?!

FortyMinutesWest (July 20, 2004)

Great review.

This album is going to piss off the people who were expecting Calculating Infinity pt. 2, but I think Miss Machine features better song writing. I'm glad that they progressed and decided to change things up a bit.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

not perfect .. i like mr bungle and all, but mike patton's influence over this band is the only flaw in an otherwise perfectly constructed group. this band sucks when they try and ape him. but yea, i like the addition of melody to their sound. it's good.

ElVaquero (July 20, 2004)

Excellent review, Aubin. Don Caballero reference and succesfully anointing Mike Patton as god give you many plus points.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

these guys fucking blow...sure, they're original and their music is difficult to play, but they're completely unlistenable....but i haven't heard this album, maybe they changed a bit

stevejonestherealbones (July 20, 2004)

my stupid record store didnt get this in. i'm picking it up tomorrow. cant wait

- jones the bones

- stevejonse8770@yahoo.com

yellowtrash (July 20, 2004)

I am not a fan of this album. The artwork is pretty bad and it seems like Patton's influence is all over the album.

Where are the jazz scale solos?

theOneTrueBill (July 20, 2004)

I'm about 8 songs through, and loving it. The DVD is pretty cool too.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

This score is for 'Calculating Infinity' which I really wanted to like, and ended up just hating because it just wasn't as revolutionary as people seemed to think.

BSD (July 20, 2004)

They will never be as big as the Blood Brothers, but definitely are about a hundred times better.

This is the real fusion of math, hardcore, and grind.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

This CD is pretty fucking amazing.


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