Issue April 13, 2010

Option Paralysis

Dillinger Escape Plan
SEASON OF MIST

Same tricks, new riffs. That’s satisfaction as far as I’m concerned when it comes to metal in general. The slight problem — I don’t like Dillinger for the metal, but for everything else that was hinted at by Miss Machine, their first album with current vocalist Greg Puciato. Honestly, I haven’t been too terribly struck by anything the band has done since that album, which showed a real experimental push forward that found them somewhere between Mike Patton and The Fragile-era Nine Inch Nails. It was also the last to feature god-among-drummers Chris Pennie, who astounded with something usually lacking in drummers: sheer creativity. Option Paralysis sounds like the second half of Ire Works, except that their new drummer (third so far) is a step down from their last, who was a step down from Pennie. This is a band that kept promising to branch out, and instead has found a way to make incredibly complex music sound incredibly similar album to album.