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Dillinger Escape Plan

Dillinger Escape Plan: Option ParalysisOption Paralysis (2010)
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With their new self-released album Option Paralysis, the Dillinger Escape Plan continues to refine their mathcore style, resulting in an album that might appeal to more people while still being heavy as all dang heck. Oh sure, tunes like "Good Neighbor" get down with the technical hardcore sound fan.
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With their new self-released album Option Paralysis, the Dillinger Escape Plan continues to refine their mathcore style, resulting in an album that might appeal to more people while still being heavy as all dang heck. Oh sure, tunes like "Good Neighbor" get down with the technical hardcore sound fans expect. But the group also slows things down, like on opener "Farewell, Mona Lisa," and even toys with more ambient music, to great success.

Option Paralysis also marks yet another lineup shift, as drummer Billy Rhymer finally makes his recorded debut since joining the group last year. He's a good fit for the band's music, which switches styles often. Jeff Tuttle (guitar, although he's only credited with additional vocals here), Benjamin Weinman (guitar/piano) and Liam Wilson (bass) all return. Vocalist Greg Puciato still sounds awesome, adjusting his delivery to the music's intensity, Mike Patton-like. It's the quieter moments on the album that make me respect him more as a hardcore/metal singer.

Given that the members have always revealed musical tastes that extend beyond hardcore, be it through their covers or their tourmates, it's hard to judge how much pianist Mike Garson influenced the group's sonic shift on "Widower" and "I Wouldn't If You Didn't." Dude's played with David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt and Nine Inch Nails. Without him, Aladdin Sane wouldn't exist. His playing on "Widower," which accommodates shifts from rock to mathcore to jazz without warning, is similarly important.

But then, shifting dynamics have always been DEP's style. They're just expanding their horizons. Option Paralysis draws in a number of unlikely sources and somehow makes them hardcore. This isn't smooth jazz; DEP shapes their influences according to their desires. So when I say "Chinese Whispers" has electronic flourishes, there's no need to fret. The song shreds.

Of course, there are also plenty of tunes that straight up obliterate. Short, aggressive numbers like "Crystal Morning" and "Endless Endings" should go over well in the pit. So while some might be put off by the group's reach, there are enough "conservative" cuts on Option Paralysis to make it still a worthy purchase for the puritanical. Like Miss Machine and Ire Works before it, Option Paralysis reveals how far technical metal can go.


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Seangroundzero (August 11, 2015)

Probably my favorite thing they've done so far. Calculating Infinity is a very close second, but I personally prefer the variation of this album more

samthecritic (June 20, 2010)

Stellar album.

maestro976 (May 28, 2010)

This record shreds testicles. Big step up over Ire Works, as a whole. Love the "experimental" songs. Widower rules.

Great Ben interview:

http://chuckpalahniuk.net/interviews/musicians/ben- weinman

TheFabulousWesleyTyler (April 23, 2010)

"Probably one of my favorite Dillinger records. I think it's on par with Calculating. Rymer 2010"

lol at this idiot

abbas_muhammad (April 20, 2010)

Probably one of my favorite Dillinger records. I think it's on par with Calculating. Rymer 2010

TheFabulousWesleyTyler (April 19, 2010)

*cannot hate... [enough]*


TheFabulousWesleyTyler (April 19, 2010)

Awful, just fucking awful. There are a few moments which are minimally enjoyable, but overall I cannot hate the clean singing (not because I hate clean singing, but because it's just done so terribly), and the 'experimenting.' Call it what you like, but mixing Industrial Pop, Piano and school-girl whining with Tech Metal/Grind is not experimenting, it's just fucking awful.

pacer (April 18, 2010)

Is this a review or a press release? And if it's so good the reviewer wasn't able to say anything bad about it, why not five stars?

paulsilence (April 16, 2010)

Absolutely. Fucking. Essential. So yeah... I love it. Chinese Whispers, Good Neighbor, and Farewell, Mona Lisa are some of my favorite tracks of the last decade. Gold Teeth on a Bum is great. The rest hangs together so well, and I agree with the person that said more experimentation = great.

By the way, the worst song they wrote, hands down = Black Bubblegum.

Eelsupinsideya (April 10, 2010)

Just can't make my mind up on this... it seems to be lacking something, somewhere. The hardcore bits are hardcore, but not outstanding - heavy and chaotic for the sake of it, and the calmer bits are good but they just don't draw me in like on the others. Mouth of Ghosts, Unretrofied etc are great bits of variation on the earlier albums but that kind of thoughtful alternative element appears to be missing on this one.

RYANGP (April 8, 2010)

I don't know why, but i just can't seem to get too into this album. "Widower" is a fantastic song though.

Greetingsfromrome (April 8, 2010)

Farewell, Mona Lisa is their best song ever. Fight me.

adamvms (April 8, 2010)

Will never beat Three for Flinching (Revenge of the Porno Clowns)

Jelone (April 7, 2010)

Not that keen on Miss Machine. I think the band has gotten better with each album, as far as the Puciato albums go.

thepopeofchili-town (April 7, 2010)

I'm gonna disagree with almost everyone and say the more the experiment, the better. I don't want them to keep making Calculating Infinity over and over again. It ruled, but it would be boring to keep revisiting it. Greg has an awesome singing voice, and "Gold Teeth On A Bum" fucking rules.

mikexdude (April 7, 2010)

When Miss Machine came out, this band was one of my favorites... but since Ire Works, I've been losing interests. It's a shame. Frankly, I feel they've plateaud. I'm kinda' exhausted with whole industrial thing... and the singing sounds like Mudvayne nowadays. Their music is complex and not subtle but I would like to see them add their other influences to their tech stuff a bit more subtle and seamless. But I guess that wouldn't be DEP, would it. Oh well, these last two records are pretty similar to me. Pretty expected in the big picture.

How good of a song is "Good Neighbor" though? It's like a hardcore song.

burningfeeetman (April 6, 2010)

"Great cd, but "Gold Teeth on a Bum" is easily the worst song they've ever made."

I really feel like that song just didn't need to be here, it's not completely unlistenable, but that chorus makes me cringe in the worst way sometimes. Farewell, Mona Lisa is one of my favorite things they've ever done though, so there's that. Overall, it doesn't blow me away in the same way Miss Machine and Ire Works do, but I've probably listened to it 2 dozen times since it came out and I keep discovering new things that I really enjoy.

bassthoven (April 6, 2010)


danperrone (April 6, 2010)

i'm sorry, i just can't get into the alt-metal tracks they've been doing for two albums now. when they spaz out, they're the best band around.

chadreligion (April 6, 2010)

Great production, cool arrangements to the songs, amazing guitarwork.... but one thing about this kills me, and it's the vocals.
I hate them so much, especially when he tries to sing.

DrGunn (April 6, 2010)

good, but so far i think it's pretty far short of great. i need to spend more time with it though.

Carlo_Cabinetti (April 6, 2010)

Shit's good.

Cheesetits (April 6, 2010)

Great cd, but "Gold Teeth on a Bum" is easily the worst song they've ever made.

TheMarc (April 6, 2010)

Great album, way better than Ire Works, which I still kinda liked anyway.

thepopeofchili-town (April 6, 2010)

Great record. Love everything they've done. Good review too, but as for that last line, technical metal can go much, much, much further than DEP.

inagreendase (April 6, 2010)

Better than Ire Works, still not quite as good as Miss Machine. Probably not near Calculating's level, either. But these experiments are so much more compelling and enjoyable than they were on Ire Works. Thumbs up.

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