The Dillinger Escape Plan
Plagiarism


3.5
great

Review

by Joe Costa USER (34 Reviews)
September 9th, 2006 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Cover songs generally fall under two categories. Either they take the original song and morph it into something completely different, where the band harnesses the song as their own (in the case of Shai Halud’s cover of [i]Linoleum[i] by NOFX, or on an album like the NOFX/Rancid split), generally providing for a fun and worthwhile listen, or they play the song note for note like the original band performed it, and provide nothing but a lame imitation which generally is regarded as tripe. Regardless, the thought of grind/math/metal/whatever-core legends The Dillinger Escape Plan, covering songs like Like I Love You by Justin Timberlake is almost a laughable idea. Well, suffice it to say they did it and with that we have the Plagiarism EP; A record chalk full of cheesy covers, as well as a revamped version of a previously recorded song, and an intense live performance. While this certainly is not the place to start if you are looking to get into a band like DEP, it’s a fun record for what it is.

While Plagiarism is supposed to be an EP full of covers, it actually contains 2 original tracks. One is the radio edit of Unretrofied, which sounds like a face-owning mash up of Sing the Sorrow-era AFI with The Downward Spiral. Singer Greg Puciato truly shines on this song, showcasing his immense vocal range when he goes from an eerie pop melody to a scream during the breakdown. Instrumentally, for Dillinger, this is quite a departure, featuring straight forward 4/4 timing (something rarely seen in any song by this band) and surprisingly restrained instrumentals. It has much more of an industrial vibe than the majority of DEP’s discography, but by no means is it a bad song. In fact, even people who generally hate the band could be attracted to this song because of its solid songwriting and poppier tendencies.

Closing the album is a live version of The Perfect Design. In stark contrast to the other original song on this album, it’s typical Dillinger. Chaotic guitars, weird time signatures, so-technical-that-they-are-almost-arrhythmic drum blasts and extremely emotive roars from Puciato are in full effect here. Guitarists Ben Weinman and Brian Benoit are the center of attention here, providing grinding riffs when necessary and interrupting everything with a jazzy improv just for the sake of art. Drummer Chris Pennie sounds like he’s hitting his drums with the force of a sperm whale crashing into the ocean, providing an impressive performance. Kerrang!, probably the biggest abomination to modern music, calls Dillinger “The Best Live Band on the Planet”, which just goes to show how impressive this band obviously is live, and that intensity is very apparent on this recording.

Now the covers, which happen to be the main focus of the album, taking up four of the 6 tracks. Unfortunately, in terms of originality, every cover completely lacks it, being merely a carbon copy of the song. Thankfully, in the case of the case of Wish, a Nine Inch Nails cover, and Jesus Christ Pose, a Soundgarden cover, both of the original songs are so great, that a spot on cover is really what you would expect to hear. Dillinger thankfully delivers that and it makes for a fun listening experience, even with the slight embellishments, such as the guttural growling and underlying improv guitar solos in Wish or the heavily overdriven and detuned guitars squelches in Jesus Christ Pose.

Absolutely the two most unusual covers in the history of music are also contained on this album, featuring a cover of both Angel, by trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack, and Like I Love You, the impossibly out of place pop single by former N*Sync member Justin Timberlake. Funnily enough, the Timberlake cover actually works merely on the fun factor. Listening to Puciato hit Timberlake’s tenor almost perfectly is honestly a riot, and while I’m sure many Dillinger Fans are now out getting the “Greg Puciato is a flaming homo” tattoos, it doesn’t detract from how fun the song is. Unfortunately, the Massive Attack cover is decidedly less so. It sounds more like a botched version of the original, with not even the fun factor being able to save it. It’s uninteresting, boring, sleazy, and just begs the question of “why bother?”

All in all, for what its worth, Plagiarism is a fun EP. Like I said previously, it would probably be one of the worst starting points for someone looking to get into a band like Dillinger Escape Plan, for anyone who is already a fan, it would be an excellent addition to your collection. And for anyone who enjoys just cheesy covers, Like I Love You is probably one of the best covers known to man. It’s so gloriously cheesy that anyone could really enjoy it. Although many long time fans of Dillinger Escape Plan look at this EP as something negative, or merely filler, its really just meant to be a fun collection of songs with maybe two songs that fans would actually like to add to their collection, and it accomplishes exactly that.

3.5/5

Recommended Tracks:
Unretrofied
Jesus Christ Pose
Like I Love You




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Intransit
September 9th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hopefully I did this EP justice, as I didnt feel the other two reviews did.

Cravinov13
September 9th 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'd say so. :thumbs:

Intransit
September 9th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

aww Cravinov, you are such a sweetie, have my babies kk?

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2006


16089 Comments


Nice review, but this sounds more and more like a dumb idea than I had previously thought it. Oh well.

Intransit
September 9th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

its a really goofy stupid album, but that cover of Justin Timberlake is ROFL-worthy

The soundgarden cover is cool too.

YDload
September 9th 2006


1207 Comments


I really like this review, it's very well-written and perfectly fair.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 9th 2006


7926 Comments


I thought the live cover of Like I Love You with Mike Patton was hilariously wicked, so I'll have to hear Puciato take a stab at it. Great review.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
September 9th 2006


3995 Comments


[quote=ME in my BTBAM review]To be successful at covering a song, a band has to tap into a song that is either inherently great (for example: Shai Hulud's cover of NOFX's "Linoleum"), or can be molded to be great by reinterpreting it using the idiosyncratic qualities of the particular band covering that moldable song (for example: any song covered by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes). Some songs and bands just can't mix like Throwdown and "Baby Got Back." Sure, results can be humorous, but they definitely aren't good.[/quote]

[quote=you]Cover songs generally fall under two categories. Either they take the original song and morph it into something completely different, where the band harnesses the song as their own (in the case of Shai Halud’s cover of [i]Linoleum[i] by NOFX, or on an album like the NOFX/Rancid split), generally providing for a fun and worthwhile listen, or they play the song note for note like the original band performed it, and provide nothing but a lame imitation which generally is regarded as tripe. [/quote]

Are you serious?

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2006


16089 Comments


/prepare for bad joke
lol plagiarism in the Plagiarism review.
No but seriously they aren't that similar, and it's kind of a given to say that in a cover album review.

Intransit
September 9th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[quote=dfelon]Are you serious?[/quote]

heh, your review actually made me check out the Shai Halud cover of it. Sorry if it sounded like I was ripping you off.

Zesty Mordant
September 10th 2006


1196 Comments


this was a good review, much better than that horsecock of a review done before.

Intransit
September 10th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

123, I felt like this one kinda had to be done because of the other two

UncalledFor
October 15th 2007


100 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Am I alone in thinking that mr. Puciato REALLY screws up that Cornell imitation?

froghawk
January 13th 2011


127 Comments


nope

Dillinger has done really adventurous covers before.... just check out their covers of Black Sabbath's Paranoid and GnR's My Michelle. They've also shown they can do straight covers really well with their cover of Aphex Twin's Come to Daddy (which was interesting due to the live instrumentation and Chris Pennie's drum performance), so it's disappointing that the best cover on here is the Justin Timberlake one (which they played on the tour with Mike Patton, who frequently covers popular songs with his other bands) and the other covers basically suck.



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