The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis

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The Dillinger Escape Plan
Option Paralysis
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The Dillinger Escape Plan’s latest release, Option Paralysis, would be more appropriately titled, 'Option Psychosis'. Why? Well because this album is crazy! Crazy-technical, crazy-erratic, crazy-insane, and crazy-good. But then again, after listening to this mish-mash of intensely diverse tracks dozens of times, mental paralysis is not a far-fetched prospect by any means - attempting to comprehend this volatile work before proper digestion may leave your brain melted. It is rare to receive such contrasting, yet complimenting beatings of sound and emotion from one album. For instance, never before would I have imagined elegant jazz piano mixing well within the dust of DEP’s brand of composed mathematic chaos. But then again, it's rare to discover and hear anything quite like Option Paralysis.

Option Paralysis erupts out of your speakers with opener, “Farewell, Mona Lisa” - Sporadic blast-beats blend with hostile shrieks and crazed carnival-like guitars, which flow into an unexpectedly mellow interlude, only to return to a haunting and heavy finish. Track three, “Gold Teeth on a Bum”, with its calmer experi-mentality and catchiness, is comparable to Ire Works’, “Black Bubblegum”. This relaxation is short lived however, as immediately upon its conclusion, “Crystal Morning” and “Endless Endings” return you to, and beat you senselessly with, the psychotic madness Dillinger is renowned for. The album's most endearing segment follows, beginning with “Widower” - a prime example of a boundary-breaking, convention-crumbling experimental song, where classy piano, fit for a five-star Italian restaurant, joins forces with Greg Puciato’s unique singing in a maze of a track that goes up and down and fakes you out with a trick ending.

Number eight, “I Wouldn’t If You Didn’t”, is a fun, in-your-face, sing-along about growing up with some asshole who thought he was better than everyone else, but in the end gets what he’s got coming. Resolving the CD at track ten, “Parasitic Twins” finishes the Paralysis on a beautifully gentle, but still lyrically deranged note. Ominous violin, piano, and bass, work with a slew of vocals ranging from whispers, to falsetto, to straight belting-it-out, to distant “woos”. Satisfyingly, the CD’s final seconds are occupied with a stylish guitar solo.

DEP have really outdone themselves with Option Paralysis. They really bring the record full circle, traveling in numerous genre directions with topnotch musicianship amidst dozens of layers. It seems they’ve kept every creative possibility a musical option. After mending a blown mind, one may learn a valuable lesson from this CD: anything, no matter how conflicting, can work well and sound right when executed properly. Virgins of this CD should keep one thing in mind: expect the unexpected. Reason and transition aren’t necessary principles when you play bipolar, experimental, carnival, math rock. Welcome to Option Paralysis.

1. Farewell, Mona Lisa
2. Good Neighbor
3. Gold Teeth on a Bum
4. Crystal Morning
5. Endless Endings
6. Widower
7. Room Full of Eyes
8. Chinese Whispers
9. I Wouldn’t If You Didn’t
10. Parasitic Twins

The Dillinger Escape Plan is a band from Morris Plains, New Jersey. The band performs a fast-tempo, technically proficient style of music popularly known as mathcore. The band recorded their second EP with Relapse Records in 1998 entitled Under the Running Board. A year later, this was followed with the album Calculating Infinity, which was met with great acclaim from both underground and mainstream press. ... read more

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