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Option Paralysis Limited Edition, Special Edition
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Limited edition fold out digipak in clear embossed slipcase including an exclusive bonus track. 2010 album from the Hardcore/Metal rockers, their first album on Season Of Mist. Option Paralysis, which has unanimously topped the music press' 2010 Most Anticipated lists, sees them choose a heavier direction while simultaneously able to exercise and paralyze many other blissfully unexpected options. With this fourth album, this intensely innovative unit will once again rearrange and redirect the possibilities in music.
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Overall, i would definitely have to say that this is a great album, and is something i would recommend to someone new to TDEP. 4/5 for me.
1999's "Calculating Infinity" essentially revolutionized intense, blazingly fast, complex, and technical music. The music found on it is basically absolutely abrasive to listen to, and it's anger and aggression is pretty much unparalleled.
2004's "Miss Machine" introduced vocalist Greg Puciato. The record was just a little bit slower and less spastic, and introduced some different types of songs, often making use of Greg's clean vocals, a style often compared to Mike Patton and Trent Reznor. Overall, the record contained catchier songs, from a mainstream point of view, and focused less on aggression and more on musicallity.
Finally, 2007's "Ire Works" introduced a lot of electronic and experimental influences, continuing to make extensive use of various vocal styles.
Now, it is generally considered bad form to dwell as much as I have on a band's previous records while reviewing a new offering, but, in this case, it is very worthwhile. To get a sense of "Option Paralysis", you need only combine all of the aspects of the last 3 albums described above and fuse them into 1 album's worth of material.
Honestly, there isn't much more to say than that. If you have enjoyed all of the band's previous offerings, this album will absolutely amaze you, as it has me. However, if you don't particularly care for any of those albums, you will likely find multiple reasons to dislike "Option Paralysis".Read more ›
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DEP's oft-changing lineup has been mixed up again with the addition of Billy Rymer on drums. Neither Pennie or Sharone seem easy to replace, but a collaborative as talented as DEP surely has the pick of the crop when it comes to new members, and Rymer is more than up for the task. As I have heard others suggest, Rymer seems to be more of a pure rock drummer than his more jazz-inflected predecessors, but he can still manage the absurd time signatures and changes with dexterity while adding perhaps even more brute force. The rest of the group remains the same, with bandleader Weinman apparently filling in all of the guitar duties and the underappreciated Wilson getting a bit more room in the mix this time to show off his considerable talents. (This has the best production since their debut, imo.) Most notable, however, is Puciato's continued improvement. While I've always thought he was often unjustly and sometimes idiotically criticized (he's too muscular!), he's undoubtedly developed better control and range than previously, and blends into the cacophony with ease.
At ten tracks and over 41 minutes, "Option Paralysis" is DEPs longest and most balanced record. While "Ire Works" was perhaps slightly short on the pure tech-metalcore mayhem, here DEP set the record straight with a longer batch of "Calculating Infinity" style crushers. "Endless Endings" replicates the sound of that classic most perfectly, with some of their most elaborate riffs and unbelievable drum thunder giving way to some smoother but still incredibly frenetic atmospheric jazz material, while "Room Full of Eyes" has among the noisiest, most uncontrolled guitarwork in their catalog. They do mix things up a bit more on this material than in the past, with some relatively simple, bludgeoning break in "Good Neighbor" and the smooth, jazzy piano that accompanies the middle of "I Wouldn't If You Didn't." This pure mathcore material is all ferocious and expertly executed, and if it isn't quite as devastating as the best work on "Calculating Infinity" well, neither is anything else.
"Widower" invariably gets the most attention of the more melodic material. Most notable for a discordant yet gorgeous piano solo from Mike Garson, Puciato also shines on this one, though I think he's even better on the relatively conventional "Gold Teeth on a Bum," which has perhaps my favorite vocal melodies of any DEP track. Most impressive of the more varied tracks, however, is the first single "Farewell, Mona Lisa." This is one of DEP's most fully realized tracks, moving from pure speed to more atmospheric material before the bludgeoning close. It could be trimmed slightly, but it displays a surprising ability to force their madness into a more coherent form. We also have "Chinese Whispers," one of their more conventional tracks that largely replicates a typical post-hardcore sound, albeit with a little odd time trickery thrown in. Not their best track, but is works and shows a slightly different side to the band. Finally, the album closes with "Parasitic Twins." DEP have done electronic and industrially flavored tracks in the past, but none have been as purely atmospheric and melodic as this. It's actually a relative weak point, but it stands out stylistically and thus makes an intriguing coda.
Needless to say, "Option Paralysis" won't likely convert anyone who disliked the band before. But if you need more of the fix on The Dillinger Escape Plan can give you, well, here's another dose. Check it out.
are you already a fan? did you like 'IRE WORKS'? then you'll enjoy this album. you accepted change. is it the next logical step for the band. no. if you're looking for 'IRE WORKS' 2, this ain't it. at first, i guess i wanted a sequel to one of my favorite albums of all time, but with each listen, i'm glad it isn't. all of their previous albums live and breathe on their own. you fundamentally enjoy it or you don't.
#1) the mix and mastering are definitely top notch. previous albums, i kinda wanted a little more of this or that, but this one delivers. previous efforts did not lack, but, this is the kind of band that only live can you experience the aural onslaught properly. this release comes REALLY close to the live setting. it hits. hard.
#2) the rhythm section is tighter than ever and in your face more than previous albums (this goes along with #1). so good to hear Liam Wilson's talent as a bass player break through the skin. it's easy to be a fan of this band's previous drummers, but to be able to play all of that AND be able to write up to snuff with the current vibe deserves much respect. Billy Rymer? he owns.
#3) whereas 'IRE WORKS' was more song by song with experimental interludes - this one just chugs song right after song, some let you take a breath, others don't. hard to explain, but being a huge fan of their previous album, i found it hard to let go of the previous concepts. in short, i listen to this album as it's own entity and enjoy what i hear. fearing 'IRE WORKS' was untoppable, it was at first difficult to "feel" it. of course, before the first listen was over, it clicked. i grew with the artist. it's like a familiarity with something and bonding with it's roots. welcoming changes, because they are still an interesting listen. there are bands that i'll buy no matter what they release, HELMET, for instance. i may prefer this or that, but i still pull from it what i want from it. the evolution is a thrill in itself. the versatility and the added piano pieces are what i feel to be the band becoming a bigger island. stretching their boundaries and touching more of the unknown. on this disc, when you think it's gonna hit, it may not, and that's what makes it more interesting. as a previous reviewer stated, if you didn't enjoy 'mouth of ghosts' that may summarize your mixed feelings on this release. 'mouth of ghosts' live changed me and my life for the better. amazing.
#4) Greg Puciato - this vocalist continually surprises me. he could tackle any genre. it's like watching someone come into their own, literally watching someone join and then become. 'MISS MACHINE' is really, really good. but i wanted a litle more versatility because i knew he had the chops. you can almost hear him as a hire on, but barely. you only notice at all because each album he's closer to the music. the albums he has been on, he continually puts his own stamp on their sound and has become more than just the "singer". his voice lends another inspired instrument to this group, a puzzle piece that he cut himself. not forced in, but rather, firmly placed.
#5) Weinman!!! to be in this guy's musical head! not sure he gets the credit he should. he writes some serious thinking man's metal. songs that by the time you're gettin' it, it's off to the next turn. un-ignorable. so important. unpredictable. genius. so glad he keeps this all going. can't imagine the challenges of line-up changes. this kind of band, i'd love to hear track by track, the songwriting process, out-takes, etc. this is real life music. constructed out of flesh, the brain, the hands to sound like a machine that gets broken by the same hands. it's up to the listener if it ever sounds fixed.
#6) Tuttle is doin' it! adding some killer back-up vox on this disc, he holds it down with the rhythm section. he adds the growl to the pound. live, an integral part of this band's performance. sheer power!
if you're a fan, you'll love this album. if you have a favorite album from them and you're awaiting the sequel, open your mind. or just hold on tight to that fave album. this new disc has a warmth and a soul that the others didn't strive for. if it had been their intention, the past albums would've been released as such. this is where they are now, current line-up. all giving 200% for the sake of each song. delivering their part as much or as little in content but contextually thru the roof. this band acknowledges its fan-base and appreciates us. that alone would make me a fan, but damn! their music...! energy! passion! that's just a portion of my devotion to this fine band.
is this a review? is it a song by song opinionated run-down? no. this is an easy choice. you either like them or you don't. new listeners, prepare to throw out your ideals and conceptions of what music could be. a review is pointless to most because fans already have this album! are you new to this band? hear 'farewell mona lisa'? if you dug it, you just scratched the surface of the universe that the DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN built, destroyed, and built up again. i'll continue to live there, happily. any and all of the albums have a common thread: unescapable sound. this album is essential.
The packaging also deserves a mention simply because it is unlike anything I have ever seen. I don't necessarily want to spoil the surprise, but it sure is something.
From the moment you press play and you hear those four singular guitar chords, you know something is different. "Farewell, Mona Lisa" starts the band off at a level of intensity they never achieved on Ire Works. The album opener, and also the chosen single, knocks your head backwards with the impressive guitar work and break neck speed of the drums. Then, as fast as the music starts, it comes to a grinding halt and you are transported to a spacey dark atmosphere, during which time Greg Puciato opens up his vocal chords and introduces the world to this brand new voice that he discovered. The band shifts from chaotic to melodic and shows everyone that they can be just as beautiful as they are ugly. Then when you think you are safe the band kicks it back up to eleven and brings the album opener to a soaring close!
What makes this album fantastic is that The Dillinger Escape Plan then does this another nine times. Every song on this album is dynamic, switching back and forth from rhythmic sections full of harmony to pieces of time where you might think the drummer, Billy Rymer, is having a seizure. I don't think I have to go into the level of technicality that the members of The Dillinger Escape Plan posses It's common knowledge that Ben Weinman and Liam Wilson, the band's axe men, are talented individuals. What does need to be noted is the ambitious steps they took during Option Paralysis. For example, the song "Widower" features the virtuoso pianist Mike Garson who has worked with David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails. During this song Mike Garson and Greg Puciato have a beautiful solo that would bring any grown man to his knees.
Honestly, this is Dillinger's best work to date. They really have hit their stride with Option Paralysis and I wouldn't be surprised if this album is on numerous top 10 lists by the end of 2010. Whether you're a brand new fan or have been there since the beginning, this album is for you! On a side note, I would also like to say that the last time I saw these guys live, Greg set a huge stick on fire and was shooting mouthfuls of fiery gasoline into the crowd while hanging from the ceiling! So at the end of the day The Dillinger Escape Plan is one hell of a band!
That being said, I still haven't figured out the correct order to close the panels on the digipak, so if anyones figured it out please post up instructions!!!