The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis review
|Band:||The Dillinger Escape Plan|
|Release date:||March 2010|
01. Farewell, Mona Lisa
02. Good Neighbor
03. Gold Teeth On A Bum
04. Crystal Morning
05. Endless Endings
07. Room Full Of Eyes
08. Chinese Whispers
09. I Wouldn't If You Didn't
10. Parasitic Twins
11. Heat Deaf Melted Grill [limited edition bonus]
12. Chuck McChip [Japanese bonus]
13. Farewell, Mona Lisa [demo] [iTunes bonus]
14. Endless Endings [demo] [Amazon bonus]
Certainly this is a good album, I mean, the band surely is doing something right as even Mike Patton praises their music and albums. Too bad for me, I just can't find their magic beans anywhere; it is a good album though, and the band unquestionably knows how to write complex music and happy riffs, but well…here's the deal:
They surely hooked me with Miss Machine back in 2004, Ire Works then was released (a couple of years later) and the first thing I thought was "Oh Crap…I must have mixed my jewel cases, because this sounds exactly like Miss Machine", sadly I was mistaken. Turns out The Dillinger Escape Plan for some isolated reason decided to release the same album again, with mild changes that is; and now, 6 years later, they did it again.
Browsing Metacritic you will find an average 8.5 (or so) next to Option Paralysis, not to mention it is also listed on their "Best albums from 2010 so far" section, with some critics even admiring the graciousness and politeness of this album; they seem to enjoy the fact that The Dillinger Escape Plan goes from extremely frantic to numbingly slow just for the sake of it. I say fuck that! It's not that I don't like versatile music, not at all, but Dysrhythmia is doing the exact same thing, not to mention there's also Unexpect, Psyopus, Behold… The Arctopus, Ephel Duath and countless other bands that do (and did) what The Dillinger Escape Plan does right now, only better.
Option Paralysis is enjoyable, but it's not an album worth praising. It's just like Nintendo and Mario Kart, you played that game in the SNES console and it was as good as the day is long…but then, after 17 years of playing the same game over and over again (in different consoles), we all say "ok cool, yeah…but what else is new?". Cephalic Carnage will release a new album quite soon, Misled by Certainty, I say wait for that piece to come out if you want your metal to be convulsive, speedy and spastic, I guarantee that album will beat senseless this Option Paralysis thing.
Sure, The Dillinger Escape Plan has great reviews right now, but most of those reviews come from sites that are also praising Laura Marling and Gorillaz, so go figure.
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