The Dillinger Escape Plan
Option Paralysis



by BringMeABrick USER (8 Reviews)
July 29th, 2010 | 22 replies

Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Option Paralysis is a gleaming beacon of originality, rich creativity, and pure entertainment. And with it, The Dillinger Escape Plan has become one of few bands to release more than one masterpiece in their career.

Thank God for The Dillinger Escape Plan. Since their legendary debut, Calculating Infinity, they have been writing music kilometers outside the box, while most other bands stayed safely contained inside the walls, pumping out the same music over and over again. Dillinger has provided listeners with new and fresh perspectives on not only metal, but music in general. And Option Paralysis does that again, but possibly at the band's most wildly original and entertaining.

Though only an average 10 songs long, listening to the album is still an incredible journey. It opens with the fantastic track "Farewell, Mona Lisa," a song there is simply not enough good things to say about. The song begins with about 2 minutes of Dillinger's well-known mathcore madness, made up of Greg Puciato's crushing yells and Ben Weinman and Jeff Tuttle's mind-blowingly technical and fascinating guitarwork. But then the chaos smoothly fades into a chilling interlude, where we hear Greg's amazing singing voice, which then goes into a nearly scary build-up, and goes out with a bang. If you don't get lost in this song, trust me, you will at some point throughout the album.

After "Farewell, Mona Lisa" comes "Good Neighbor," a pretty standard heavy Dillinger song, much like the Miss Machine classic, "Panasonic Youth." Standard, but by no means dull or uninteresting. Then follows "Gold Teeth On A Bum", another amazing mix of brutality and an epic chorus you just cannot help but sing along to. I have a hunch some people may mistake the next two songs, "Crystal Morning" and "Endless Endings" for filler, but if one listens to them perceptively, he'll find they are anything but. They both have more than one trait setting them apart from each other, they both have a place on the album, and they both fucking own.

The next song is "Widower," one of my favorites on the album, and possibly one of my favorite Dillinger songs. It's so ridiculously unique, but so full of real and raw emotion, you can tell the band didn't write it just for the sake of being unique. If you were losing an ounce of interest at all during the songs before this one, this one will suck you right back in.

After "Widower" comes "Room Full of Eyes," this song's most recognizable trait being the ***ing crazy-epic breakdown about halfway through the song. Or the 10-second only-drums-and-vocals intro. After that is another one of my favorites, "Chinese Whispers," sporting definitely some of my favorite lyrics on the album. "On your deathbed, nobody stops by/I remember when you thought you would never die/With your head high, go to sleep forever/It's your last endeavor/Who could do it better"" Awesome.

The second-to-last song, "I Wouldn't If You Didn't," just leaves the listener in absolute awe. Waking you the *** up with more math-anarchy and going through a passage that could validly be considered noise, then switching up to a very atmospheric-sounding bridge led by piano, and with lyrics I interpret to be about the hypocrisy and the pure absurdity of religion. (For the song closes with Greg straining and pounding into your ear, "suffering is not love!") And the album comes to a close with the soothing and refreshing "Parasitic Twins," another song that's almost completely something that Dillinger hasn't done before.
The album coming to an end is much like the final day of the life of your 94-year-old grandfather. You're disappointed that it's over, but you know that he lived a full and happy life, and did everything he wanted to do. The difference is with the death of your grandpa, you may be feeling a little more sad, and with the end of Option Paralysis, you feel utterly satisfied.

There is one other thing I'd like to say. It's directed towards the people who think The Dillinger Escape Plan should stick to the no-clean-vocals, strictly brutal mathcore sound of Calculating Infinity, and think the band "sold out" by acquiring a vocalist who does more than just a raspy scream, and writing songs that change time signatures less than 4 times. The Dillinger Escape Plan has always been a band that does things differently, a band that isn't restricted by genre or anything else. Read the lyrics to "Farewell, Mona Lisa." It's about you assholes.

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July 29th 2010


Awesome review considering it's your first, well done.

July 29th 2010


Yeah that makes no sense

LOL poo
July 29th 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

love this album

July 29th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

Miss Machine is more original, and I found a lot of songs on here lose their edge after multiple listens. Jeff only sings on here (and its very brief), Ben does all the guitar work on the album.

The review does very little to explain how this album is a classic, and exactly why it is, according to the reviewer, their most original album. The summary is lol too.

July 30th 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

no good job

good first my first scuked ballllllllllllllllllsssssssssssss

amd apparently so does my spelling

July 30th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

"But then the chaos smoothly fades into a chilling interlude, where we hear Greg's amazing singing voice, which then goes into a nearly scary build-up, and goes out with a bang."

Kind of messy.

Also you start off with describing it as "wildly original" and then proceed to describe several songs as "a standard DEP song", kinda' contradictory don'cha think?

July 30th 2010



July 30th 2010


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Replying to fromtheinside:

You're right, thanks for pointing that out.

And by "an average 10 songs" I meant that an amount of 10 songs is just an average amount for a typical album, from any band.

Thanks for the pointers, I'll make sure to try to improve on those.

July 30th 2010


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Replying to TRMshadow:

Yeah, you're right, haha. That's something I've always had to work on in my writing. Those overflowing, clusterfuck sentences lol

And you're also right there, too. I feel kinda dumb for not noticing that myself. I guess those were the songs I maybe wouldn't exactly describe as "wildly original." Still awesome, though. :P

July 30th 2010


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Replying to Volt2187:

To me, giving an album a 5 just means it's a fantastic album worthy of the highest rating out of 5. In my opinion, for an album to be a "classic," it has to withstand the test of time, and not enough time has passed in order to see if this album holds up. BUT, I think it will. Which is one reason I gave it a 5. Ugh, I'm kinda running in circles here. All I'm saying is that for me, sometimes, there's a difference between "5" and "classic."

And I never said I thought this was their most original, I said " their most original."

July 30th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

You do a relatively good job explaining why you feel it deserves a classic rating, as I can tell by the way you write that you are very keen to the album. However, avoid swearing in your reviews. People tend to take you less seriously. Also, describe the tracks more if you are going to stick to track-by-track reviews. All I really got from it was that you are amazed by it. I wasn't told much of what was going on in the songs (However, you gave just the right amount of information at points). But, other than this, good first review. Pos'd.

July 30th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0


July 30th 2010



July 30th 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

I like the review. Pos'd. I'll read your future work, too.

So, anybody else get "Gold Teeth on a Bum" stuck in their heads for days at a time?

July 30th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

this album optimizes a 4

optimizes or epitomizes?

July 30th 2010


hey u

July 30th 2010


sup dryden

July 30th 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

forgot about this album

Digging: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland

July 30th 2010


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Replying to JustinKing:

Thanks for the pointer. Also, I don't plan on always doing track-by-track reviews, I just thought it kinda fit for this album.

October 31st 2010


Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I would totally revise this review now, but I don't think I'm gonna, 'cause it's my first, and i need to preserve it, you know..:P

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