The new album Option Paralysis by the MathCore legends The Dillinger Escape Plan was published already in March and it was done on their very own label Party Smasher Inc (under the patronage of French label Season of Mist). After the release of their grand predecessor Ire Works in 2007, I was excited to find out where the guys would take their music this time.
Having listened to the record once, two things immediately caught my eye or ear in this case: the first thing is that there are almost no electronic samples anymore, which was a predominant element on Ire Works and secondly, thereīs no song, really that leans as much towards the mainstream rock world as for example Black Bubblegum and Milk Lizard from Ire Works did or Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants and Unretrofied from the Miss Machine album.
Apart from the Nine Inch Nails inspired last song Parasitic Twin, all songs more or less have one common feature and that is that they donīt confine themselves to only one style. Loud, quiet, catchy, straight to the face itīs like a roller coaster ride from the first second on, and this within every single song. The opener track and first single release Farewell, Mona Lisa is a perfect example of that. For me itīs THE undisputed highlight of the whole album because here every possible style is mercilessly thrown into the mix, other bands would need several albums for that. And the funny thing about it is that it actually works!
Also singer Greg Puciato once again doesnīt hold back with anything, no matter whether itīs aggro hardcore screams or emotional clean vocals, this guy is simply worshipable. And, thereīs also a new guy in the Dillinger boat. After the departure of Chris Pennie and Gil Sharone, a certain Billy Rymer now dictates the rhythm. Compared to his predecessors, though, he sounds a bit unspectacular for my taste, but maybe the experts have a different opinion about that.
Bottom line: due to the fact that the band, certainly by deliberate decision, this time abandoned that radio-friendly song, Option Paralysis was, at least for me, not an instant favourite. However, after several plays, the initial paralysis is broken and after that also this new work by the guys from New Jersey can be enjoyed with all its layers and dimensions.
Farewell, Mona Lisa
Gold Teeth on a Bum