The Dillinger Escape Plan
Miss Machine


5.0
classic

Review

by PeteyThePistol USER (9 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2009 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Miss Machine is the quintessential Dillinger Escape Plan album.

After the release of the monstrous Calculating Infinity, The Dillinger Escape Plan were faced with a couple of challenges. The first one was how to replace former vocalist Dimitri Minakakis, the answer to that was Greg Puciato. The second challenge was how do you release an album that could eclipse the brutality, technicality, and genius that was Calculating Infinity, and to answer this I present you with….Miss Machine.

Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel they opted to do what they did best, which is making massively technical, brutal, and inventive music with a few exceptions. Firstly their music contained more jazz influences in it to create a more broad sound. Tracks such as “Sunshine the Werewolf” or “We Are The Storm” best illustrate this change. Also now their music was a bit more accessible in at least a few songs. Tracks such as “Phone Home” and “Unretrofied” are slow and twisting, using Greg Puciato’s vocal talent to it’s full extent as it sings in a low sinister tone. Which brings up the next part and one of the biggest reasons why their music diversified, Greg Puciato.

Greg Puciato is much better than Dimitri. Dimitri’s shriek got old very quickly, his voice was also one dimensional, minus the occasional spoken word passage there was no variation. Greg is able to scream, sing, shriek, and do spoken word with no difficulty. This adds to the versatility on this album. “Baby’s First Coffin” really showcases Greg’s vocal talent.

Greg isn’t the only talented one in this band either. The instrumentals are so tumultuous and insane all while being calculated and planned. The guitars play catchy start-stop riffs coupled with eclectic rhythmic breakdowns. The drums pound along at immense speeds and play very diverse beats and rhythms. Also Greg Puciato used to be in an industrial band which brought in the occasional electronic section or ambient sound.

The album kicks off with “Panasonic Youth” which is an in your face, classic DEP song. Offbeat drums and catchy start-stop guitar riffs pound you through the speakers, and just like that it’s over. “Sunshine The Werewolf” is the next track and it gives you a taste of some of the jazz influence in the center of the song before it jumps back into the head banging song it began as. “Highway Robbery” follows in this trend before “Van Damsel reverts into a more classic DEP sound. “We Are The Storm” showcases some very impressive drumming and a nice slower and softer section in the middle. “Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants” is a more mainstream sound but still retains it’s heaviness. “Baby’s First Coffin” is one of, if not, the album highlight, the song goes from being aggressive and adrenaline filled to quiet and beautiful.

Overall Miss Machine, in my opinion is the quintessential DEP album. It seems most people look at this album as a stepping stone between Calculating Infinity and Ire Works, or that it is lacking direction, but I think quite the opposite. I think Miss Machine is DEP playing in their niche and playing to their full potential. Miss Machine is a classic album, recommended to anyone and everyone.



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BallsToTheWall
September 23rd 2009


48823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Slays for days.

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Boognish
September 23rd 2009


1003 Comments


Calculating Infinity would be their best

Transient
September 23rd 2009


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DEEEEEEESTROYERRRRRRRRRRR

PeteyThePistol
September 23rd 2009


208 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the vocals on calculating infinity really lower its value for me, Greg's are loads better

Boognish
September 23rd 2009


1003 Comments


Puciato wishes he was Mike Patton so much its ridiculous

Skyler
September 23rd 2009


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah man, Dimitiri's vocals are so much more intense.

accompliceofmydeath
September 23rd 2009


4684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What Boognish said. Both posts.

LepreCon
September 23rd 2009


5451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can't see this being a 5 but good review

Burn2Burn
September 23rd 2009


2374 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Puciato wishes he was Mike Patton so much its ridiculous


Not really on this album though, more so on Ire Works. The only song he mimics Patton is on Phone Home, but it's not even that bad.

Mordecai.
September 23rd 2009


8370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've said this before, Puciato is the bastard son of Patton and Reznor. Pretty good review, but the second last paragraph kind of reads like a rushed track by tack. Album is fucking hectic.

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PeteyThePistol
September 23rd 2009


208 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks

Andross026
September 23rd 2009


49 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review, but I wouldnt give this a 5. it has its moments, but it isnt a classic album. A must have for any Dillinger fan or someone wanting to get into the band though.

PeteyThePistol
September 23rd 2009


208 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I dont know, I think one of the reasons it deserves a 5 is its replayability, it never gets old.

eggsvonsatan
September 23rd 2009


1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As much as I adore this album, I'm not sure i'd give it the full 5.0.

Also, your review needs a lot of work. You spend too much time talking about calculating infinity, and when it comes to this album, you talk about each song for 2 words in a half-assed paragraph.

Mordecai.
September 23rd 2009


8370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like Ire Works

Burn2Burn
September 23rd 2009


2374 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think i like Ire Works more tbh























tbh.

Mordecai.
September 23rd 2009


8370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

We both have it as a 4 we should hold hands

Burn2Burn
September 24th 2009


2374 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no u have cooties

Mordecai.
September 24th 2009


8370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No i have herpes

zarquan99
June 1st 2010


1051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I completely agree with your opinion in Greg. Dmitiris vocals came off as really weak and boring especially since I heard CI after Miss Machine. Gregs vocals are so dynamic and powerful. He sounds like a fuckin beast.

Your review could use some work, but it's fine and gets the point across.



People that worship CI and not DEPs other albums need to get out of their fucking box. CI was amazing. 5/5. But Dillinger have expanded their sound and went where they wanted to go instead of just staying in the same niche.



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