The Dillinger Escape Plan
Ire Works


4.5
superb

Review

by Willem Hattingh USER (6 Reviews)
March 4th, 2011 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With DEP's 3rd album, the music goes further than being the normal mathcore sound of DEP...

The Dillinger Escape Plan deserve a 4.5/5 rating for this effort. Why? Simply because this is DEP's most experimental album to date. I can't believe that DEP would still do so good without DEP's co-founder, Chris Pennie (now with Coheed & Cambira), in charge of the drum work, as this is the only DEP album featuring Gil Sharone as the studio drummer. However, the drum work of the album doesn't increase the perfection of this album, as a whole; Greg is still there, Ben is still there... The perfection of the album seems to blind me from the obvious flaws of the music, But as for DEP, they cant get worse, they can only get better.

The album has its hardcore lunatic fridge, as usual, with typical style DEP music such as "Fix Your Face", "Lurch" & "Horse Hunter". "Fix Your Face" comes first, following "Lurch", to (suddenly) open the album. It was noted that the former DEP vocalist (Dimitri) appears on the first track. I don't recognise Dimitri on that track at all, I can only hear Greg. Then comes the poppy styled "Black Bubblegum": not something you could easily find in a typical DEP record, but when you listen to it more, it becomes more interesting and enjoyable, probably like the rest of the album. I wouldn't think that it would fit for a listener of today's modern pop music, they are more likely to be Justin Bieber fans or N-Dubs fans or something along those lines. "Sick On Sunday" is a short 2-minute break from the first three tracks, introducing the electronica influence of the album. most of "Sick On Sunday" reminds me of FOABP-era Porcupine Tree music (notably Anesthetize), especially the intro; Except at the 17-second mark, where there seems to be Venetian Snares style drumming in the background. I literally jumped and laughed so hard at the 38-second mark on my first listen to this track, and now, I have no idea why I did that. There also seem to be some strange apple-crunching-like sounds sampled in the track.

The next 4 tracks are LESS than 2-minutes long: "When acting as a particle" starts it off with strange, but tension building orchestration, which then involves a drum roll/fill through the rest of the song. Then, it ends abruptly to then move on to playing "Nong Eye Gong" which also has the sound of the first two tracks, including some jazz breakdowns which seem very irrelevant for the track; I also found this funny when I first listened to it. "Nong Eye Gong" ends, following the start of the other instrumental, "When acting as a wave". Those two tracks both flow well together, but with "When acting as a wave", it's not as insane as normaly; The tremolo-lead in the background from 23 seconds into the track sounds very Meshuggah-influenced (try listening to tracks on Meshuggah's obZen, I or Catch 33 and you might get it). Also, there are some irritating sound effects put on the track which are more likely to fit onto a Linkin Park instrumental (a la Session), but does that really matter to the music's sound? Anyway, "82588" is the next track following this "less than 2-minutes long" rule and is the most insane out of the the rest of those tracks following that rule.

"Milk Lizard" is Ire Works' single; it does seem lyrically poppy (not the "Black Bubblegum" type of "poppy"), but it is also pretty interesting when you get into it. It's a bit easier to get into than "Black Bubblegum", since DEP use their instrumental skills more effectively on "Milk Lizard". "Party Smasher" follows the same rule as tracks 5-8, and it is just as long as "82588", but it separates itself from those other tracks and is still kind of insane. Not much to say about this song, but I still find it complex, because of time-signature changes and BPM changes. "Dead As History" is 5 minutes long, but the first 2-minutes of the song aren't really too important; The song itself is more like a hard rock influenced song, and is addictive for me to listen to. I can't believe that I just can't compare this song's sound to another band's music that I would know already. The next track, "Horse Hunter", opens in a funny & insane way, and some of the lyrics are also funny: "Yeah this party is a bore and you're the joke". Brent (Mastodon) appears on this track to perform some (backing) vocals and it is more easy on this track to identify that guest appearance, unlike Dimitri's appearance on "Fix Your Face". The drum performance on here is also insane, but nothing easily comparable to Chris Pennie, as mentioned earlier.

Finally, the last track on this album, "Mouth Of Ghosts", is the most epic album opener from DEP to date. It is nearly 7-minutes long, so it is also the longest DEP song to date.* Most of the song has a jazzy feel to it, though this song is obviously influenced by progressive rock (reminds me a bit of Dream Theater). and Gil Sharone performs very well and accurate on here. To me, the song feels shorter than it's supposed to be. Overall, the album is just perfect considering what DEP can do in their music, including the experimentation and effort put into it. With or without Chris Pennie, It is still perfect.

Best tracks:
Fix Your Face
Black Bubblegum
82588
Milk Lizard
Dead As History
Mouth Of Ghosts

*"Variations Of A Cocktail Dress" is nearly 8-minutes long as a whole, but the breakdown of the song goes like this: Variations Of A Cocktail Dress 0:00 - 2:14, Silence 2:14 - 5:16, Hidden Track 5:16 - 7:55.



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MopHeadOvMetal
March 4th 2011


193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Don't play with Fire Works, Play with Ire Works.

Tyrael
March 4th 2011


20876 Comments


Holy sh...

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

SloppyMilkshake
March 4th 2011


981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see some appreciation for this record, it's really underrated...

Way too inconsistent for a "5" though.

Maniac!
March 4th 2011


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this album was like diet-miss machine

SloppyMilkshake
March 4th 2011


981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, also, I'm not nit-picking really, but trying to show you some things you can change to make your reviews better.

1.. "I wouldn't think that it would fit for a listener of today's modern pop music, they are more likely to be Justin Bieber fans or N-Dubs fans or something along those lines"; I learned this the hard way when I wrote some of my early reviews years ago...but don't be condescending to a group of listeners.

2. Don't go through and list all of the songs/describe how each sounds. It's fine to use some songs as examples, but don't go at length to describe each one. Focus more on the sound of the record as a whole.

Anyways, I thought it better to let you know what you can change to make your reviews read better, instead of just pos'ing/neg'ing you. Over all though, you seem to have good enough grammar skills and vocabulary skills, just focus on your compositions some more. And good luck, man/girl (whichever you are).


YetAnotherBrick
March 4th 2011


4449 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"The Dillinger Escape Plan deserve a 5/5 rating for this effort. Why? Simply because this is DEP's most experimental album to date."

So simply being experimental makes it deserving of a 5? I don't follow that at all.

FearThyEvil
March 4th 2011


12545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally, the last track on this album, "Mouth Of Ghosts", is the most epic album opener from DEP to date.

How can the last track be an opener?

YetAnotherBrick
March 4th 2011


4449 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Yeah, that.

And Mouth of Ghosts more epic than Widower? Come on.

MopHeadOvMetal
March 4th 2011


193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@FearThyEvil9 that was a writing mistake.

@SloppyMilkshake thanks for the advice

And yes, Mouth Of Ghosts is more epic than Widower, in my opinion.

SloppyMilkshake
March 4th 2011


981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No problem. I think one mistake new users make (I did the same thing on my old account), is that even though anybody can write a review, they're expected to be written professionally to some degree. Otherwise, people just use the soundoff feature. So yeah, just keep writing, and especially, reading. It's the only way to get better at it.

MO
March 4th 2011


18670 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Finally, the last track on this album, "Mouth Of Ghosts", is the most epic album opener from DEP to date. "

too funny

MopHeadOvMetal
March 4th 2011


193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

that was a writing mistake.

G3N3R1C
March 4th 2011


1945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album is so underrated...

MopHeadOvMetal
March 4th 2011


193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

so is the band.

YetAnotherBrick
March 4th 2011


4449 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To each his own.

Good review though, even though I disagree.

PorkchopExpress
March 4th 2011


387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only place this album is underrated is on this website. It's been reviewed fairly everywhere else.

ffs
March 4th 2011


4873 Comments


eh

PistolPete
March 4th 2011


3608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Diet-Miss Machine" hahaha what a great way to describe it! I still found it a great album even if it was more accessible. There isn't a single weak track after "When Acting as a Wave".

Digging: Banks - Goddess

EddardStark
March 4th 2011


27 Comments


This band is ok, much like Septa Mordane.

Pyosisified
March 4th 2011


2450 Comments


miss machine is the one thats overrated

this is okay



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