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DEP's oft-changing lineup has been mixed up again with the addition of Billy Rymer on drums. Neither Pennie or Sharone seem easy to replace, but a collaborative as talented as DEP surely has the pick of the crop when it comes to new members, and Rymer is more than up for the task. As I have heard others suggest, Rymer seems to be more of a pure rock drummer than his more jazz-inflected predecessors, but he can still manage the absurd time signatures and changes with dexterity while adding perhaps even more brute force.Read more ›
are you already a fan? did you like 'IRE WORKS'? then you'll enjoy this album. you accepted change. is it the next logical step for the band. no. if you're looking for 'IRE WORKS' 2, this ain't it. at first, i guess i wanted a sequel to one of my favorite albums of all time, but with each listen, i'm glad it isn't. all of their previous albums live and breathe on their own. you fundamentally enjoy it or you don't.
#1) the mix and mastering are definitely top notch. previous albums, i kinda wanted a little more of this or that, but this one delivers. previous efforts did not lack, but, this is the kind of band that only live can you experience the aural onslaught properly. this release comes REALLY close to the live setting. it hits. hard.
#2) the rhythm section is tighter than ever and in your face more than previous albums (this goes along with #1). so good to hear Liam Wilson's talent as a bass player break through the skin. it's easy to be a fan of this band's previous drummers, but to be able to play all of that AND be able to write up to snuff with the current vibe deserves much respect. Billy Rymer?Read more ›
Now, after two albums I was lukewarm about, "Option Paralysis" comes along and finally returns TDEP to the top of the mountain. Sure, they found commercial success starting with Miss Machine and growing with Ire Works, but in terms of overall album quality "Option Paralysis" is where they finally show that they are comfortable in their new identity. Being possibly the most prominent band with a -core at the end of their genre to make it big in the mainstream, TDEP have been musical masterminds since day one and there is no challenge that they are unwilling to take on if they think it will produce a great sound.
If you're unfamiliar with the Dillinger Escape Plan, take a listen to 'Widower', you'll get a good idea of what they're all about and hear one of many distinct influences they blend seamlessly into their sound. Whatever genre you want to consider them a part of, they're great, and this is the best example of their work so far.
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I love this album. I have a subscription to Spotify, and have been buying albums I've discovered on the app, mostly because my car stereo plays CD's louder than MP3, not to mention... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another phenomenal, beautifully brutal outing from TDEP. Following the structured, musically diverse path demonstrated on Ire Works, Option Paralysis blends together a challenging... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Craig M Carestia
"Option Paralysis" is a masterpiece... and Dillinger Escape Plan's new drummer makes an absolutely mind-blowing debut. Three thumbs up on this one.Published 21 months ago by Ryan M.