The Dillinger Escape Plan
Option Paralysis


4.0
excellent

Review

by IronyIsALivingScene USER (1 Reviews)
March 16th, 2010 | 34 replies | 3,730 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Option Paralysis is essentially what Ire Works should’ve been.

5 of 7 thought this review was well written

The Dillinger Escape Plan made a name for themselves as pioneers. Calculating Infinity was unlike anything that had come before it; combining incredible technical instrumentation, crushing dissonance and a vocal attack that could rip you in two, the album was essentially a masterpiece of technical Metalcore. So, after releasing their first album and completely turning the musical world on its head, it’d be fair to argue that there wasn’t really anywhere else they could go. Then Mike Patton came along and with him, an entirely new approach to what the band had been doing. Introducing more melody and eclectic influences to their sound, the band moved away from the chaos and became more about control. The addition of Greg Puciato and the band’s growing need to experiment furthered these changes.

This lead to Miss Machine, an album that much like its predecessor broke new ground; combining heavy Grindcore/Metalcore sections with electronica and industrial metal, plus a hint of catchiness. Sadly, this all came to a rather terrible conclusion in Ire Works, which for all intents and purposes was a complete screw up. Packed with overused glitch noises, shoddy production and an over-reliance on old ideas. So did The Dillinger Escape Plan learn their lesson and go back to being the ground-breaking band they used to be? The answer is both a yes and a no.

From the album opener, “Farewell, Mona Lisa” a few things are apparent; the first is that unlike Ire Works the band actually seems comfortable again. The song is a rather good representation of what to expect throughout the album, the standard grindy/mathy sections of DEP songs, clean vocals that have been increasingly used since the Patton days and tasteful use of electronics. The song gives you the band in their comfort zone, but the song itself is far from average, as an album opener there isn’t really a better choice.

The album continues to progress, oddly enough, in a manner similar to Ire Works, with the second track being a short punchy Grindcore song followed by one of the albums more experimental cuts. “Gold Teeth On A Bum” features a more subdued incarnation of the band, the song itself is relatively accessible although it’s still quite an interesting piece of heavy music, the only issue with the track is that it can drag at times, still not enough to really impact the listening experience. The album continues in standard Puciato-era DEP style until making its way to “Widower”, a song featuring legendary session pianist Mike Garson, the song showcases a never before seen side of DEP; the majority of the song being a piano driven ballad, although it finally returns to more traditional DEP territory toward the end.

More or less, the album continues in a sort of bait and switch manner giving people their standard dose of Dillinger craziness and then introducing some more eclectic styles. Tracks like “Chinese Whispers” takes ideas that were present on Ire Works and implements them in much more effective manner. Whilst songs like “Parasitic Twins” feature DEP wearing their influences on their sleeve, yet all the while maintaining a sense of originality. With all this in mind, the album is not entirely flawless; at times certain tracks just seem to drag on a little too long, the grind songs whilst as intense and technical as ever aren’t as awe-inspiring as their predecessors like "43% Burnt" and "Panasonic Youth", possibly because the idea has already been showcased before.

Nonetheless the album is still an excellent addition to The Dillinger Escape Plan’s discography, whilst it never truly reaches the heights of the band’s best moments, it also never comes close to some of their less impressive moments. Option Paralysis, is essentially what Ire Works should’ve been, a well structured album that expands on the ideas the band put forward on Miss Machine, whilst at the same time maintaining a level of consistency so as not to entirely alienate their original audience.


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IronyIsALivingScene
March 16th 2010



129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I believe I'm supposed to post a stream

http://www.myspace.com/dillingerescapeplan


roflrad
March 16th 2010



81 Comments


Summary: Option Paralysis, is essentially what Ire Works should’ve been.

No it wasn't. Ire Works was suppose to be Ire Works....and Option Paralysis was suppose to be Option Paralysis...

EnricoPalazzo
March 16th 2010



626 Comments


And thus starts the flood. May God have mercy on us all...

Hyperpower
March 16th 2010



66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

roflrad, they have actually said themselves that they sort of "figured it out" on Ire Works, but this time around they had a functioning band so that they could make the best record possible with that formula. So it's kind of true.

Satellite
March 16th 2010



20676 Comments


There shouldn't be a comma in the summary. js

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 16th 2010



10585 Comments


Im surprised this is got another review......NOT. Im bracing myself. I'll pos, it's not a negative review or a fanboy review. Pretty well written good job

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 16th 2010



10585 Comments


However I also disagree with the summary

BassDemon333
March 16th 2010



3350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ire Works wasnt terrible, it just wasnt as good as their previous work. This album is incredible though, one of the best this year for sure.

PirateSquid
March 16th 2010



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really fucking hate that the average rating for this album is over Calculating Infinity and Irony is a Dead scene at the moment just because it's brand new and everyone's excited about it.

Klekticist
March 16th 2010



1258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i believe this was already mentioned: remove the comma in the summery

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porch
March 16th 2010



8442 Comments


"I really fucking hate that the average rating for this album is over Calculating Infinity and Irony is a Dead scene at the moment just because it's brand new and everyone's excited about it"

pretty much

Romulus
March 16th 2010



8411 Comments


"I really fucking hate that the average rating for this album is over Calculating Infinity and Irony is a Dead scene at the moment just because it's brand new and everyone's excited about it"


No worries, it always drops

i believe this was already mentioned: remove the comma in the summery


This too.

porch
March 16th 2010



8442 Comments


"i believe this was already mentioned: remove the comma in the summery"

so why mention it again..maybe he hasn't checked back on this since he posted it? also, you spelled
summary wrong

bloozclooz
March 16th 2010



1770 Comments


gotta love that English language

Prophet178
March 16th 2010



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Option Paralysis, is, essentially; what Ire Works: should've been.

I think thats how it should go.

sniper
March 16th 2010



18936 Comments


Neg'd because your sentences were badly formed and sounded really childish. You should seriously take a look at your writing, it's really hard to follow sometimes, especially the ridiculousl amount of needless run ons. Also, pleeeease don't use semicolons if you don't know how they work.

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Romulus
March 16th 2010



8411 Comments


Negs are unjustified guys it's a first review

BassDemon333
March 16th 2010



3350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm thinking its time I finally gave Calculating Infinity a listen...

sniper
March 16th 2010



18936 Comments


Sorry, it's just that there are comma splices and unnecessary/misused semicolons in the same sentence. I don't like to neg though, I always feel like a douche... Plus, reviewing this particular release isn't he best choice for a first review, it's going to get a lot of views, and it is pretty messy tbh.

halloway
March 16th 2010



684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"few things are apparent; the first is that unlike Ire Works the band actually seems comfortable again."
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to this i say, "HUH?" it just does not compute for me.



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