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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - "ONE OF US IS THE KILLER"
on 14 May 2013
The Dillinger Escape Plan style has been described as many things down through the years such as Mathcore, Hardcore and Metalcore to name just a few, what they really are is one of the best bands in music today. With their relentless non-stop style both in and out of the studio they have forged a path that is unmatched by most bands with their complex playing of styles being heavy yet melodic at the same time and not to forget Greg Puciato ability for high pitched and angry in your face vocals and all this from a band that have a high turnover of members including numerous drummers, bassists and rhythm guitarists, of course lead guitarist Ben Weinman is now the only original member. Former guitarist James Love returns replacing Jeff Tuttle.
Following on from 2010's outstanding "Option Paralysis" the band release album number five "One Of Us Is The Killer" which has the same in your face style of tracks starting right from the get go. They come straight out of the blocks with the hard hitting single "Prancer" and follow that up with the equally aggressive "When I Lost My Bet" The band have long been influenced by Mike Patton (he recorded an ep with them back in 2002) whether it be his work with Faith No more or probably closer to Tomahawk and that style is evident on the title track which has Puciato adopt a much more straight forward vocal style, and with "Nothing's Funny" they have a song in the style of "Black Bubblegum" from 2007's "Ire Works" including Ben Weinman's use of electronics on the track. "Paranoia Shields" is a song full of twists and turns with Puciato twisting every vocal into a different style and features a real mellow breakdown at the 2:27 mark as it goes really quiet before coming out full belt again. If you want to hear how good the rhythm section of Liam Wilson and Billy Rymer are check out the mainly instrumental track "CH 375 268 277 ARS".
If you liked The Dillinger Escape Plan previous albums with Puciato on vocals you will love this as it features the usual mix of styles the band offer. And at forty minutes long never out stays its welcome and doesn't have any filler and just confirms the band as one of the most must see live acts that there is.