On Disc: The Dillinger Escape Plan

Album: Ire Works

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Ire Works by The Dillinger Escape Plan

The Dillinger Escape Plan
Ire Works
Relapse Records

4 stars

Experimental math-metal band, the Dillinger Escape Plan, faced a problem in the months leading up to its much-anticipated third LP, Ire Works.

After releasing its brain-bending debut Calculating Infinity in 1999, the Dillinger Escape Plan acquired vocalist Greg Puciato and released Miss Machine. While Miss Machine contained dissonant jazz guitar passages and aggressive drumming, the album was unacceptable to many purists as it was littered with different genres and styles.

Ire Works attempts to reach out to its purist fans while integrating different genres.

“Fix Your Face,” with vocal accompaniment by former vocalist Dimitri Minikakis, and “Lurch” start the album off with a monstrous orchestra of screams, powerful guitar riffs and jazz-infused hardcore rhythms at constantly changing tempos and time signatures.

As the album progresses, the songs vary from catchy pop rock/metal fusions like “Black Bubblegum” to experiments in the absolute limits of ‘heavy’ itself in “Nong Eye Gong” and “82588.”

Though some songs are similar to those on the rampaging Calculating Infinity, there’s a certain groove that makes it accessible to DEP’s fans.

“Dead As History” is a strong, shiver-inducing electronic/metal/rock/piano-based ballad that boasts the band’s masterful musicianship.

“Mouth of Ghosts” seamlessly transforms an authentic Cuban jazz-styled piece gradually into a math-metal wonder.

With Ire Works, the Dillinger Escape Plan has raised the standard for the integration of genres into metal.

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