Charging out the gate in their usually gentle way, The Dillinger Escape Plan has dropped another churning, complex, and musically satisfying chunk of musical stream of thought in our collective lap. At this point in time, with five albums under their belt and an extensive touring history playing with basically everyone, Ben Weinman and company have proved their ability as one of the most potent acts in current experimental metal.
If anything, the artistic statement on this record is more concentrated and aggro, while also giving vent to the more ‘literate’ aspects of the music. They have gotten even better at abruptly switching moods and maintaining some type of internal logic and cohesiveness that have been hallmarks of their music practically since the beginning. Check out the juxtaposition of the verse, transition and chorus on ‘Nothing’s Funny’. Another example of this is between tracks, as evidenced by the shift between ‘One of Us Is the Killer’ and ‘Hero of The Soviet Union’. ‘One of Us’ is in that style that is almost pop in its sensibility, while ‘Hero’ is straight up aggro grind brutality, and they both work.
In some ways, I wince whenever I hear these guys referred to as a ‘metalcore’ band, because most metalcore bands suck, and Dillinger doesn’t. I can’t think of any other bands who can balance sheer aural aggressiveness with melodic beauty and emotional vulnerability so artfully and consistently. This is a metal band that functions like a modern classical ensemble.