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Album Review

That's it, screwheads. It's over. Pack up your trunks, deconstruct the drum kit, and hightail it back to Athens, 'cause the Dillinger Escape Plan just handed you your ass. Again. "Surprise!" new vocalist Greg Puciato begins on "Van Damsel." "It's not what you thought as it runs a dead stop." A thousand bands would've quit at "...what you thought"; Dillinger adds "runs a dead stop," and makes you leap out of the way of its hardcore car crashing into the jazz establishment. No kidding! After five years, the band has lost nothing, only gained. Time signatures are a play toy, genres are a joke, and the wannabes' goofy "I'm so tortured, listen to me scream" is nowhere to be found. Here, jarring instrumental changes work as a bitches' brew of stealthy genius, sticking you with a shiv and changing faces in the dark. Technical metal, righteous hardcore, twittering jazz interludes, and starkly melodic, seemingly post-punk-inspired segments all put the punters soundly in their place. Miss Machine doesn't even really seem that angry. Well, not anger for anger's sake, anyway. Cuts like "Panasonic Youth" and "We Are the Storm" are fueled by a manic alchemy of metal and hardcore, and Puciato's veins couldn't have survived the sessions. But the rage is artful; it's an integral part of Dillinger's larger performance. In the near future, rich women and fuddy-duddies will consider Miss Machine through opera glasses as sweaty children lash each other with cat-o'-nine-tails. There's nothing more to say — the next true image of rock & roll has crawled out of the swamps of Jersey.

Customer Reviews

Mathcore At It's Most Influencial

A sheer delight, this album a must buy! On the first listen it knocks your socks off; plain and simple, though nothing about this triumph is so straight forward. A masterpice, a classic for this generation, something to aspire to, nothing has surpassed this recording since its release in 2004 and i doubt anything will. Upon repeated listening you feel the burning intensity of pure music, mathcore and it's most influential. Eye wateringly beautiful.

The best thing to hit metal this millennium

If you're bored of 4/4, verse-chorus-verse-chorus mundanity, then this is for you. At first it sounds like a lot of arrhythmic noise, but persevere and this is the heaviest, most innovative music you'll ever hear. The sheer complexity of the riffage is astonishing, with arresting time-signatures and syncopation, leaping from thudding riffs to jazzesque passages and back again in a split second, and the vocals, from terrifying screaming to heartfelt angst, perfectly fits the frenetic and boundary-pushing style of music.

Mathcore - not Metal!

This is a beating! heavy and technical band, much better than Ire Works. I would recommend this...its a kick up the backside!


Formed: 1997 in Morris Plain, NJ

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Dillinger Escape Plan create maniacally intense, crushingly metallic, and decidedly hardcore punk-infused jazz-time-signature-invoking compositions displaying an unparalleled musical bravery, precision musicianship, meticulously thought-out and complex structuring, and rigorous physical endurance. The band's guitarists and drummer are regular features in publications geared toward the guitar- and drum-playing set. The depth of extremity and mental challenge presented by their music virtually...
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