In the chaotic and schizophrenic world of mathcore there is only one true king of the hill, namely The Dillinger Escape Plan or DEP for short. Their Calculating Infinity and Miss Machine are landmark records within the mathcore realm. Last year I had the pleasure to see them live at the FortaRock festival. It was one of the most intense performances I have ever witnessed. They truly lived up to their manic live reputation. With that in mind I am really looking forward to see how their latest album, entitled Option Paralysis , turns out to be.
Their previous album was pretty solid, however it lacked the eclectic finesse which made Miss Machine such a pleasant listen. On Option Paralysis the DEP guys return with a vengeance. Chaotic bursts of mathcore frenzy are flawlessly combined with slower and melodic parts, greatly enhancing the songs’ dynamics. They even dare to venture into avant-garde country with tracks like Widower, Parasitic Twins and Heated Deaf Melted Grill, completed by jazzy interludes, delicate piano parts and bewildering electronic parts. Hello Mr Bungle and Secret Chiefs 3 if you will.
Option Paralysis is also the most structured and accessible album of the lot. Songs like Good Neighbour, Crystal Morning and Room Full Of Eyes being prime examples of that. Singer Greg Puciato turns out to be the biggest revelation of the album, delivering his most versatile and diverse vocals to date. Screaming, clean vocals and even some crooning, this man can do it all. Everything is just fine in the sound department.
Diversity, dynamics and music violence, The Dillinger Escape Plan certainly deliver the goods with Option Paralysis. Arguably one of the most exciting and adventurous records of this year!
written by Raymond Westland