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  • Audio CD (22 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Season of Mist
  • ASIN: B0029VX276
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

The past paints New Jersey’s The Dillinger Escape Plan as an impenetrable force of everything-against-nature, a combo whose combustive riffs were characterised solely by their mind-melting complexities. The past is both right and not: while the group, in their earliest incarnation (they’ve been through their share of members), essentially defined mathcore, a metal strand focusing on detailed dissonance, as their albums have passed the music has significantly evolved.

Album two, 2004’s Miss Machine, was the first introduction to a Dillinger with a taste for melody, and Option Paralysis – album four, after 2007’s acclaimed Ire Works – is another long-player where accessibility isn’t entirely absent. Like its immediate forebear there are sounds that hark back to the band’s debut, 1999's Calculating Infinity; but just as with Miss Machine, this effort never bypasses a cracking chorus for the sake of spinning the senses. Those with penchants for more perfunctory riffs may still come away puzzled by the band’s amazing following, despite what could be (again) seen as concessions incorporated to lure beginners to the cause. But the hardcore are going to be blown away all over again.

Farewell, Mona Lisa introduces ears to the Dillinger of the present: it’s the kind of glorious cacophony that emerges so very rarely, one that seems to encapsulate in five minutes everything achieved by its makers to date. It’s a song of several movements, vocalist Greg Puciato switching between a Mike Patton-style croon to an eye-popping scream, while frenetically-fingered lead guitarist Ben Weinman – the sole remaining founder member – delivers the kind of six-string master class befitting a band long-celebrated for their inspired, innovative arrangements.

From the opener, onwards, the assault (pleasingly) rarely relents. Good Neighbor’s dramatic motifs recall all-action cues from James Horner’s Aliens score, and Chinese Whispers finds Puciato on imperially adversarial lyrical form: “Everything that you cling to will not last.” One can hear the line as a middle-finger rebuke to the persistent few who bemoan Dillinger’s melodic tangents, likewise the barrage of put-downs that pepper Gold Teeth on a Bum; but such assessments are the indulgence of the individual, only the author certain of true informing factors. Widower is a break in the bombast, the closest this band will ever come to an unexpectedly tender, lovelorn ballad.

The title might be an acknowledgment of the temptation to repeat a winning formula, but Option Paralysis stretches its makers’ imaginations and abilities superbly. Consider it another singular success. --Mike Diver

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The Dillinger Escape Plan are back with album number 4, the third featuring Greg Puciato on Vocals which is good going when you consider the high turnover of members and bad luck they have had. Already is staking a claim for all those year end best of polls and after a couple of listens it's easy too see why.

On 2007's "Ire Works" DEP threw in a few surprises the most obvious being "Black Bubblegum" which sounded like it was heavily influenced by Mike Pattons Faith No More or even Tomahawk, i even knew some people who purchased the album thinking that this must be their normal sound, it would be a pity if those fans were disappointed and gave up as all long term DEP fans know that this band is capable of alot of different styles, and are maturing more and more on each album, as is evident on album opener "Farewell Mona Lisa" which starts in typical DEP fashion and then suddenly changes direction as Greg changes to singing heartfelt lyrics and just for a moment it comes close to a ballad, it really sets the album up brilliantly! Its then on to proper business with "Good Neighbour" which is full force and will have you turning up the volume even louder. "Gold Teeth On A Bum" is a real gem as Puciato changes pace for the chorus.

The song that will turn alot of heads is "Widower", Which has Ben playing some jazzy piano lines alongside Mike Garson(he also plays piano on "I Wouldn't If You Didn't") an American Pianist who famously played with David Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust tour as well as playing on his album Aladdin Slane and has also worked worked with Nine Inch Nails and many more, and at 6 minutes long "Widower" has plenty of changes of pace along the way and you just know how its going to finish!
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I have been a fan of Dillinger for some years now, and they have matured and progressed so much over the years that its almost like listening to a different band at times, in fact it virtually is considering they have had got through more members than Hugh Hefner has playmates.

Option Paralysis has something for every Dillinger fan, it has the mentality of calculating infinity, the tightness of Miss machine, and the ballad/melodies from Ire works, and it has all been blended into this beast of an album.

The Album kicks in with Farewell, Mona Lisa, an exceptional track, definitely one of my favorites through out the album, and each song is completely different to the next which is one reason i Love this CD. Back in Dillinger's early days, even though they were an amazing band with such a unique sound a lot of their songs blended together into one mental noise. Yeah it was great, dont get me wrong, but it was too repetitive. Now they have formed into this mature, deep song writing band with riffs, shreds, blasts and slaps like you've never known. Some people may feel they have tried to be more mainstream, I personally disagree. I feel they have simply matured and moved into a very deep setting of song writing and passion for what they do. Overall it reminds me most of Ire Works, only so much better and much more precisely constructed and mastered.

Dillinger fans, and people who are new to the band should absolutely buy this album because I personally feel it to be their best one yet. Although I must admit it seems a bit on the short side, just a couple more tracks would have really perfected it.

Excellent album, great sound, unique and different. I love it.
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The Dillinger Escape Plan are back with album number 4, the third featuring Greg Puciato on Vocals which is good going when you consider the high turnover of members and bad luck they have had. Already is staking a claim for all those year end best of polls and after a couple of listens it's easy too see why.

On 2007's "Ire Works" DEP threw in a few surprises the most obvious being "Black Bubblegum" which sounded like it was heavily influenced by Mike Pattons Faith No More or even Tomahawk, i even knew some people who purchased the album thinking that this must be their normal sound, it would be a pity if those fans were disappointed and gave up as all long term DEP fans know that this band is capable of alot of different styles, as is evident on album opener "Farewell Mona Lisa" which starts in typical DEP fashion and then suddenly changes direction as Greg changes to singing heartfelt lyrics and just for a moment it comes close to a ballad, it really sets the album up brilliantly! Its then on to proper business with "Good Neighbour" which is full force and will have you turning up the volume even louder. "Gold Teeth On A Bum" is a real gem as Puciato changes pace for the chorus.

The song that will turn alot of heads is "Widower", Which has Ben playing some jazzy piano lines alongside Mike Garson(he also plays piano on "I Wouldn't If You Didn't") an American Pianist who famously played with David Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust tour as well as playing on his album Aladdin Slane and has also worked worked with Nine Inch Nails and many more, and at 6 minutes long "Widower" has plenty of changes of pace along the way and you just know how its going to finish!
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