The Dillinger Escape Plan are back with the follow up to their highly successful 2007 Ire Works album. Option Paralysis is a brutal and eviscerating disc of maniacal metal. From the opening track (and first single), “Farewell, Mona Lisa” your ears are left bruised by the blistering onslaught. That pounding you hear is your blood vibrating in your veins. The boys are back, better than ever.
This is the band’s fourth album, and their first on their own label, Party Smasher Inc., which is a collaboration with French Label, Season of Mist. Like DEP’s previous works, the band has no issue with stretching the fabric of their sound. Throughout Option Paralysis, the band’s trademark mathcore foundation can be heard in fine form, but this CD goes far beyond that label. There is more melody mixed in, but the album is soaked in propulsive aural chaos. Vocalist Greg Puciato really expands his vocal vocabulary on this record, winding between melodic clean vocals, to rock and roll screams and into caustic growling, which he does brilliantly on “Gold Teeth on a Bum,” and well, basically the whole damn album.
New drummer Billy Rymer wastes no time showing why the band brought him into the family. Listen to his crushing and frenzied work on “Good Neighbor,” “I Wouldn’t If You Didn’t,” “Crystal Mornings” and “Endless Endings.”
The album slows for a haunting piano entrance on “Widower” before we are launched into the prog-metal stratosphere. This is an epic 6-minute journey through the band’s funky side, before the listener is brought crashing back into the pit with “Room Full of Eyes.”
The CD’s final track, “Parastic Twins,” is a darkly twisted musical acid trip, and one of the album’s highpoints.
Option Paralysis is going to wind up on critic’s best of lists come year end, and rightfully so. This is truly a case of a talented band continuing down that hard road of growth and coming back with the next shining gem in their treasure chest. The CD is a manic blend of weirdly divine musical imagery blended together as one aggressive and heavy masterpiece, that offers up a touch of everything for the discerning metal fan.
If you find yourself vacillating over which new metal album to buy, Option Paralysis is a perfect cure.
Vocalist Greg Puciato also puts in an appearance on the upcoming Soulfly album, Omen. Click here for details.