The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us Is the Killer


5.0
classic

Review

by Jakob Johnson USER (1 Reviews)
May 13th, 2013 | 100 replies


Release Date: 05/14/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most intense album The Dillinger Escape Plan have made since Calculating Infinity.

One of the many things I love about The Dillinger Escape Plan is that they never fail to amaze me with each album they release, and One Of Us Is The Killer is no exception. This may very well be Dillinger's most intense album since Calculating Infinity (and it's very hard for me to say that), yet it also maintains a sense of control which was found on Ire Works and Option Paralysis. Of course the boys have also brought a few new cards to the table. Very subtle things, though, such as eerie electronic sounds, interesting piano bits and so many other tiny details that have been put into this album. Greg Puciato also uses his vocal range to full effect as well. His soothing highs and crushing hardcore vocals coincide perfectly throughout the entire album, most notably on the title track, "One Of Us Is The Killer". This is probably the most dynamic track on the album, proving that Dillinger is completely capable of writing a slower oriented song whilst making sound as crushing as possible. "Prancer", however, is the complete opposite of the title track, being that it is the most chaotic song to be found on the album, mostly due part to Puciato's excellent screams.

One thing that should be mentioned is the incredible instrumentation. Sure, every album The Dillinger Escape Plan has released has had impeccable instrumentation, but this album highlights the bands full potential. The drums, guitar, and even bass are on full force all the way through. The drumming in particular is where this album shines. Bill Rymer proves that he is more than capable of keeping up with the chaos throughout the album, seamlessly switching between off time signatures to some excellent jazz influenced fills. "Understanding Decay" is the crown jewel on this album in terms of drumming. Starting off with what seems to be a pretty some pretty simple drumming (at least when speaking about Dillinger), it quickly punches you in the face with drumming that even Chris Pennie himself would be baffled by.

The most impressive thing about "One Of Us Is The Killer" is the complete lack of filler. On most DEP albums there have been at least one or two filler songs that are more a less, forgettable. None of this is true with this album, though. Even the instrumental track "CH 375 268 277 ARS" proves to be an intense and quite frankly awesome track. Every song has something unique about it that makes this the most coherent album in the DEP discography.

There's not much more I can say about "One Of Us Is The Killer". The only thing to say is that Ben Weinman and the boys have done it again, only this time they've out done themselves. Hopefully in the future DEP can expand upon their newly found sound and make a record that might even blow this one out of the water. In short, "One Of Us Is The Killer" is DEP in their prime. Every album up to this point was just a mere sneak peak at what was to be, and what we have now. They have completely out done themselves in every way possible.


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Justin Swope (4)
One of Us Is the Killer is another urgent and volatile work from the seminal mathcore behemoths....

Adrian Hertzberg CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
The Dillinger Escape plan jumps the shark, but while doing a sweet backflip or something....

AGERMANAVACADO (4.5)
A fantastic release by The Dillinger Escape Plan that may be the bands best release to date....

Jacob R. STAFF (4.1)
As lethal as ever....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Sharpside
May 12th 2013


61 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

First review. Constructive criticism welcomed.

SubtleBody
May 12th 2013


519 Comments


Break your paragraphs. Nobody wants to read a wall of text.

BigPleb
May 12th 2013


36739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'd save this one man, will probably get deleted.

Owantjaaaa
May 12th 2013


3271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I want to read it, but it's a brick.
Try to fix that ;)

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Sharpside
May 12th 2013


61 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Broke the paragraphs. Enjoy (or try to at least).

Owantjaaaa
May 12th 2013


3271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's better.
Good review, especially if this is your first attempt at reviewing.
The electronics and piano aren't new though?

Sharpside
May 12th 2013


61 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

They're not new, but they work very well on this album.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 12th 2013


21248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

id say its the same level of intensity of MM but then again i havent heard MM in a while. good review

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2013


10209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Actually the album's streaming now, (http://pitchfork.com/advance/108-one-of-us-is-the-killer/), so this review should be fine

withateethuh
May 12th 2013


86 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really enjoy the variety of this album. Not to say they haven't executed variety well, but all of the songs sound pretty different yet make the most sense as a whole. Also, the title song is just sexy. Like god damn. Greg's vocals are so solid at all times.

Funeralopolis
May 12th 2013


11408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a 5 lol

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oltnabrick
May 12th 2013


30904 Comments


Omg debating a neg

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 12th 2013


21248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

why cause its a 5 review? grow up

SonofSnow
May 12th 2013


684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Such a solid album, still need to dig in further before I know where it'll land.

oltnabrick
May 12th 2013


30904 Comments


Grow up ins grow the fuck up

Gwyn.
May 12th 2013


15122 Comments


are you going to at least listen to this before you keep shit posting

Uranium
May 12th 2013


7168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm so fucking pumped for this right now.

Gwyn.
May 13th 2013


15122 Comments


wasn't this deleted

i was pretty sure it was

JokineAugustus
May 13th 2013


6087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will buy on the release date like a good little boy.

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JokineAugustus
May 13th 2013


6087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Who knows



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