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2007 album from the incomparable musical visionaries The legendary band instantly reclaims their place at the forefront of the modern music world with Ire Works. From the instantly memorable 'Fix Your Face' and 'Horse Hunter' (signature examples of the band's innovative, high-energy rock), through the scintillating pop immediacy of 'Black Bubble Gum', the DEP simultaneously amaze and remind why their musical exploits are the stuff of legend. For Fans of progressive, futuristic music.

1. Fix Your Face
2. Lurch
3. Black Bubblegum
4. Sick On Sunday
5. When Acting As a Particle
6. Nong Eye Gong
7. When Acting As a Wave
8. 82588
9. Milk Lizard
10. Party Smasher
11. Dead As History
12. Horse Hunter
13. Mouth Of Ghosts

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 12, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B000VL9XE2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By General Zombie on November 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
'Miss Machine' was, of course, a controversial release for DEP. I'm in the apparent minority which considers 'Miss Machine' equal, if not superior, to 'Calculating Infinity'. Personally, I like albums that actually have a mix of sophistication and a certain amount of accessibility, and 'Miss Machine' did this beautifully, even if it was at the cost of some of the sheer unrelenting madness of 'Calculating Infinity'. Overall, however, I think it balanced out, and I was prepared for further change with 'Ire Works', whatever it might be.

Unsurprisingly, 'Ire Works' is an extension of the ideas found in 'Miss Machine', and it's sure to raise the ire(hahaha) of many a fan. That said, some are severely overstating the change. I've noticed that at least two people here have compared this to the change Metallica underwent by making the Black Album. This is a comically ridiculous comparison, and I say that as someone who doesn't see that release as an abomination before God and Man. First of all, roughly half of the material here would fit in on 'Calculating Infinity' nicely. You sure as hell can't say that of the Black album and Metallica's 80's material. Second, there are only two really overtly commercial tracks on here. ('Black Bubblegum' and 'Milk Lizard', of course.) 'Sick on Sunday', 'Dead As History' and 'Mouth of Ghosts' may not be old-school DEP, but they ain't gonna get much play on the radio either, and the idea that this album is, as a whole, particularly commerical is truly laughable. I'll admit that I think they maybe went a little too far and I think this could definitely stand to have maybe one more pure tech-metalcore track. Still, the fact of the matter is that all the material here is first-rate, so I can't complain too much.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Francis on January 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I haven't written a review in a long time, and the negative responses to Ire Works angered me enough to write a retort of my own. I can only put it this way - those who criticize this record for not being like Calculating Infinity, quite simply, are not artists. You may play music, but you are not an artist. I'm not necessarily saying I am a great musician, or an artist at all, but I think I understand the creative process well enough to "get" what Ben and company are doing here. This band, first of all, is not the same lineup as the one that created Calculating Infinity. And secondly, the one person left, Ben Weiman, is an absolute genius. He definitely has the capacity to create another Calculating Infinity. I'm sure he's got all sorts of great riffs, solos, and spazzy jazz guitar runs milling around in his head. No one writes music like him. And all he did on Calculating Infinity was put a bunch of riffs together, and have someone yell incoherently over it. I'm a fan of the record, the energy and technicality are quite frankly mindblowing - and many, many DEP fans were made on the basis of that record. I know I was. However it takes maturity to recognize it for what it really is, a band with tons of ideas quickly getting something creative out there. Miss Machine, and Ire Works by extension, have made DEP into something much more than a niche extreme metal act who specialize in one "trick." Metal can be so limiting, which is why 95% of extreme metal acts just make the same record over and over again for their entire careers. There are only so many different combinations of bass/guitar interlocking riffs and screaming vocals out there. Dillinger Escape Plan has made a complete work of art with Ire Works.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Rose on November 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Expectations were high for this album. That tends to happen when a band takes a few years of touring and changing members around between releases, so in a sense, the chips were somewhat stacked against DEP before this record even hit the stores. Still, there was always hope that they would blow a few minds... the growth apparent over the course of their discography made it almost impossible to guess what Ire Works might sound like. Would it be the calculated chaos of Calculating Infinity? The melodic mathcore of Miss Machine? The experimental ennui of Irony is a Dead Scene? I have good news: It's all of those things.

Ire Works starts off with a bang on "Fix Your Face" and continues the expected brutality with "Lurch," but by the time you get to the third track "Black Bubblegum" something is amiss... in a good way. Dillinger sounds focused in a way they never have before. Sure, they've always been good at math, but on Ire Works they're allowing themselves the room to be song-writers first and headache inducers second. This is not a bad thing. Listen to the instrumental (!) tracks "When Acting as a Particle" and "When Acting as a Wave" to see just how far these boys have come, and why they've grown exponentially in popularity. Yes, this is the same DEP that melted faces off with 43% burnt, but they've surpassed themselves yet again.

Witness the beautiful and haunting "Dead as History." The piano is pushed to the forefront and the melody is allowed to come out and play. Of course immediately following that is the all-out barrage of "Horse Hunter," which melts into a jazz-influenced breakdown and then goes all out thrash.

Those fans who want a return to the pure chaos of the old days might be disappointed, but I have a hard time believing that.
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