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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN unveil Miss Machine, the much-anticipated follow up to their groundbreaking Calculating Infinity album. Merging unparalleled musical bravery, prodigious musicianship, flawless execution and an angular landscape of forward thinking ideas, DILLINGER reinvent the rock 'n roll idiom while pleasing their harshest critics: themselves. Miss Machine's modernist clang proves once and for all why the DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN is a paradigm to be followed, a yardstick by which other bands are measured. If you can suspend your musical belief, you may never return.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Panasonic Youth
  2. Sunshine the Werewolf
  3. Highway Robbery
  4. Van Damsel
  5. Phone Home
  6. We Are the Storm
  7. Crutch Field Tongs
  8. Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants
  9. Baby's First Coffin
  10. Unretrofied
  11. The Perfect Design


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relapse
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • ASIN: B00029J24O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Another Dillinger Escape Plan album, another blitz of crunchy staccato rhythms, insane vocals, and frenetic rhythmic virtuosity.

But what's different?

DEP has added a bit more variety to their sound since their last full-length, _Calculating Infinity_. So apparently the crafty diversity of the _Irony Is A Dead Scene_ EP was not attributable solely to Mike Patton's involvement. There was some early buzz about this album being toned relative to previous DEP releases, with people saying it was "more melodic" and "less crazy" and what not. This is misleading, in my opinion. The opener, "Panasonic Youth", in 2 1/2 minutes lays down concrete-heavy slabs of metallic vitriol, delivering a polymetrical bludgeoning with enough time changes to knock any prog fan back on his azz. It is an opener that stands strong beside anything in DEP's catalogue. Then comes "Sunshine the Werewolf", with roaring speed, kinked rhythms, huge clomping riffs and...a catchy chorus?! Sounds hazardous, but DEP's craftsmanship cannot be faulted and nowhere do their 'catchier' ambitions lapse into cheesiness or shallowness. They use their hooks to grab you and their complexity to keep you coming back.

So, best to think of it not as anything "toned down", but rather a full album of material in the vein of the _Irony Is..._ EP. Stylistically, the vocals are more along the lines of the EP. There is actually quite a bit of singing on this album (compared to _Calculating Infinity_, which was basically all screaming), and a good variety of bloodcurdling screams. Is the new vocalist, Gred Paciuto, trying to sound like Patton? It's an impossible feat, so most vocalists should not be encouraged to try it.
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I must be hearing a totally different album than a lot of the one and two star reviewers. Yes, there are melodic hooks on "Highway Robbery" and "Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants," and yes, "Phone Home" and "Unretrofied" sound like slowed down industrial rock, but the rest of the album is classic Dillinger Escape Plan. In fact, the remaining songs are more complex and chaotic than anything on Calculating Infinity. The guitarists do fewer scales and more subtle, complicated techniques this time around,and the drumming is as good as ever. And the so called "sell-out" songs add variety and make the album feel more like an album as opposed to a collection of random spaz outs. Just because there's (gasp!) singing, doesn't make an album worthless. I seriously doubt that anybody listens to JUST hardcore metal, and that the same people who pan Dillinger Escape Plan as weak enjoy melodic singing in other contexts. In some cases, I'll agree that singing doesn't fit in metalcore, but here, it's done perfectly and works to make the whole record more dynamic. In short, this is one of the most complete, enjoyable metalcore albums ever by a band that is endlessly inventive and even better live.
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Here it is, finally: after four years, a couple of lineup changes, and a one-off project with the legendary Mike Patton, the almighty Dillinger Escape Plan have released a proper second album of demented genius. It's been kind of a weird month, with DEP following Candiria and Neurosis in releasing albums that contain some marked departures from their signature styles. While part of me wishes my favorite bands would stick to what made me like them so much in the first place (you know, if it ain't broke...), I suppose they have to mix things up at least a little bit. Besides, having already released one of the craziest albums of all time in the form of "Calculating Infinity," these guys weren't going to take anyone by surprise this time out. At any rate, "Miss Machine" is still a spectacular release that manages to move forward without abandoning the creativity and technical brilliance that made "Calculating Infinity" such a blockbuster of an album. DEP are basically a genre unto themselves, and "Miss Machine" only cements their status as one of the world's most intelligent heavy bands.

While the high-speed, uber-complex mathcore of "Calculating Infinity" is still very much in evidence here, it seems to have mutated into a slightly different form. Songs like "Panasonic Youth," "Sunshine the Werewolf" and "The Perfect Design" do contain their fare share of jarring, angular stuctures that will have you banging your head until your neck hurts, but they're also notable for bringing in a more groove-oriented approach led by some guitar riffs that actually resemble something from a thrash metal album.
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Since the Dillinger Escape Plan inhabit a genre all to themselves, it's hardly surprising that Miss Machine isn't a huge leap forward from their last album, Calculating Infinity, despite the five-year gap. So any criticism that the band is merely producing 'more of the same' is pretty redundant.

In fact, Miss Machine does differ from its predecessor in many subtle ways: 'new' singer Greg Puciato has more of an accent to his screams than those of Dimitri Minakakis; the sound is no longer as harsh and relentless as it was on slices of mayhem like The Mullet Burden (from the Under the Running Board EP); and the influence of Mike Patton, as evident on their collaboratory EP Irony is a Dead Scene from a couple of years ago, has been to their creative advantage.

But differences aside, the DEP retain their title as the tightest metal band playing today, their trademark hairpin time changes as surprising and dizzying as ever. (Of course the best way to experience this is live - they have to be seen to be believed.) With Miss Machine, the Dillinger Escape Plan have confounded the sceptics and raised the bar just that little bit higher; just enough to prove they're still the leaders, not followers.

(On a side note, fellow reviewer 'iobrien' misses the point when he/she dismisses the record. Screaming is integral to this genre of music; to write off the DEP for that is kind of like saying Beethoven's music is rubbish because there are too many violins.)
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