Season Of Mist, 2010
The Dillinger Escape Plan continues to defy expectations and categorization with their fourth album, Option Paralysis. For those not familiar with this New Jersey-based outfit, the best way to describe The Dillinger Escape Plan is that they combine the kinetic, off-kilter style of early Mr. Bungle with a forward-thinking hardcore attitude and the aggressive, heavy riffing style of a metal band. If you like bands such as Zao, Botch, and old Cave In then are probably already a fan. To be sure, Option Paralysis isn’t for everyone, but those willing to embrace a band that pushes the boundaries of metal and hardcore will be rewarded with deep, rich listening experience. The album is relentless as ears are shattered with such standouts as “Crystal Morning” and “Good Neighbor”. A brief respite come midway through the album with “Widower”, a slow, emotive song that remains calm until the end of the song. The sonic pummeling continues right up until the end before slowing down for the closer, “Parasitic Twins”, which could almost pass as a Porcupine Tree song. Hardcore fans may feel a bit alienated here because the band clearly continues to march more towards sounding like a metal band with progressive song elements. Option Paralysis will likely stand as one of the most innovative albums of 2010, so don’t be intimidated by the album’s rough edges and give this one a few listens.
The Dillinger Escape Plan will be appearing at The Rock in Maplewood on Saturday, April 3. Support will come from Darkest Hour, Animals As Leaders, and A Moment Without.