The Dillinger Escape Plan
Option Paralysis


4.5
superb

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
March 3rd, 2010 | 4123 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Option Paralysis is a work of art, but don’t think for a second they’ve gone soft on us.

Scatterbrained as the Dillinger Escape Plan’s music may sound, it is precisely orchestrated and delicately planned as a New York City subway grid. Beginning with their often forgotten, benchmark EP Under The Running Board, DEP have brought a tenacity and style that remains profoundly unique. In spite of line-up changes - like that of Chris Pennie, who fled to drum with Coheed and Cambria - their vision remains boundless. That distinctive style, which is often cited as being created by the Dillinger Escape Plan, consists of a blend of metal and hardcore trickled with unorthodox time signatures to create what many call mathcore are hardly forgotten. Ben Weinman, the last remaining founding member, has kept guarded this core foundation of the group’s reputation while jazzing up their sound to levels that would leave fans who had missed the period between Calculating Infinity and now would be left befuddled. However, Option Paralysis is hardly an identity crisis, an album that jogs and then sprints while remaining perfectly balanced through each new musical tangent.

For weeks now, “Farewell, Mona Lisa” has been all but a tease of possibilities, but more importantly a track that questioned what direction that Option Paralysis would take. Would it be the frantic first two minutes that would keep the album steadfast or perhaps the artistry of the middle chunk that showed the Dillinger Escape Plan were consistently capable of creating developing tracks? Or even the melodramatic, paramount ending of “Farewell, Mona Lisa” that rivaled the heaviest moments in the band’s long history such as “Sunshine the Werewolf.” It turns out that the wealth was evenly distributed, providing an element of finesse. “Good Neighbor” sets a blistering path with “Crystal Morning” and “Endless Endings” sizing up punch-for-punch with bone-jarring screams. Recently-recruited drummer, Billy Rymer, shows off his technical prowess and versatility in “Endless Ending,” dancing along the ride cymbal and providing blast beats. However, Option Paralysis is not simply a constant adrenaline rush.

Surprisingly, at forty-one minutes Option Paralysis is the longest album the Dillinger Escape Plan have released, and that may be credited to the meticulous construction of the album. Instead of the short blips and glitches found throughout the inconsistent Ire Works, we find the band taking a monumental stride in their ability to create colossal tracks, even if they take a road less ventured. Overall, they have become more graceful, rather than having tracks that flash by quickly (there are only three tracks under four minutes), they create brooding, yet beautiful, soundscapes. Removed of the constant barrage of abrasive riffs, songs like “Gold Teeth on a Bum” and “Widower” leans into a more open, free-flowing structure. The mood of “Gold Teeth on a Bum” comes off as intimidating yet fragile by creating a once blasphemous marriage between metal and pop. Weinman and Jeff Tuttle are incredibly technical and crisp throughout the record while Liam Wilson holds his own ground on bass. “Widower” effortlessly transitions from guest pianist Mike Garson’s heartfelt ballad (yes, you are still reading about a DEP album) alongside Puciato’s vastly improved vocals to a most impulsive, fitting ending of barraging spastic riffs. Essentially, it reminds us of “Mouth of Ghosts” from Ire Works, but on steroids and executed with less predictability, showing us once again their capability to reach outside their comfort zone.

It’s the chills that run down my spine when Greg Puciato screams ‘REAP WHAT WE SOW’ in “Room Full of Eyes,” the closing breakdown in “Farewell, Mona Lisa,” and the constantly-changing product that bring us back to the Dillinger Escape Plan, even after a the slight letdown of Ire Works. Option Paralysis equivocates the maturation of musical ideas over the Dillinger Escape Plan’s storied career, as Miss Machine and Ire Works are currently looking as mere test samples leading up to this point. In all, Option Paralysis is a work of art, but don’t think for a second they’ve gone soft on us.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2010


8019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great, like I needed to be MORE excited for this

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2010


17944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

album is so good

gold teeth on a bum is amazingggg

Urinetrouble
March 3rd 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

review readslike its a cross between calculating infinity and ire works but without the electronic interludes

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2010


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

omg ryan flatley

bloozclooz
March 3rd 2010


1770 Comments


2010 is shaping up to be a great year for metal releases

willfellmarsy
March 3rd 2010


3849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lovely review...iv never been a big fan of their non-patton stuff but u may have convinced me to take another shot...kudos and such

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2010


21655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I NEED this.

Digging: Soen - Tellurian

botb
March 3rd 2010


9760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i want to hear this so bad

Digging: Solstafir - tta

DiceMan
March 3rd 2010


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

OH MY GOD GIMME!

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2010


17944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

couldn't youuuuuuuuuuu help meeeeeeeeee so that i can be saveeeddd

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2010


31492 Comments


Staff listening to album I want to hear really badly

Seriously,
This
Ain't
Fuckin'
Fair

Digging: Hyperdub - Hyperdub 10.4

DiceMan
March 3rd 2010


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just pre-ordered this. Jerks. Someone tell me if the vinyl is cool when they get it, otherwise I think I'll pass on it.

Yazz_Flute
March 3rd 2010


18855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would like to hear this please.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

TRMshadow
March 3rd 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

STREAM IT ALREADY!!!!!!!

Iamthe Nightstars
March 3rd 2010


2315 Comments


How are people hearing this? I can't find it anywhere.

sneasy
March 3rd 2010


201 Comments


Want this BAD. Digging the album art as well.

hykudos
March 3rd 2010


462 Comments


DOWANTDOWANTDOWANT

UnfunFionn
March 3rd 2010


54 Comments


I loved 'Ire Works'. I didn't find it disappointing at all. I can't wait for this though!

kitsch
March 3rd 2010


5107 Comments


heres hoping its better that IW. that record was a piece of trash

PinkBlackberry
March 3rd 2010


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

God damn, it's only march and already 2010 has released / will release some hugeeeeeeeeeeee CD's. I'm so stoked.

Having only heard Farewell, Mona Lisa. I can already tell I am in for a god damn t r e a t



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