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2010 album from the Hardcore/Metal rockers, their first album on Season Of Mist. Option Paralysis, which has unanimously topped the music press' 2010 Most Anticipated lists, sees them choose a heavier direction while simultaneously able to exercise and paralyze many other blissfully unexpected options. With this fourth album, this intensely innovative unit will once again rearrange and redirect the possibilities in music.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Farewell, Mona Lisa
  2. Good Neighbor
  3. Gold Teeth On A Bum
  4. Crystal Morning
  5. Endless Endings
  6. Widower
  7. Room Full Of Eyes
  8. Chinese Whispers
  9. I Wouldn't If You Didn't
  10. Parasitic Twins

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Season of Mist
  • ASIN: B0029VX276
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With "Option Paralysis," The Dillinger Escape Plan, one of extreme metal's most unpredictable groups, release a somewhat predictable album. Though it contains refinements and slight variations on their sound, there isn't much here that one couldn't imagine on a previous release. As a raving fanboy for the last 8 or so years, I would hardly want DEP to radically alter their sound, mind you, but there's little use denying that they are currently filling in and adding color to their niche, rather than truly expanding it. Fortunately, other aspects that remain from prior releases are the impeccable musicianship and an unsurpassed songwriting sense for a technical band. DEP have here, more than on "Miss Machine" or "Ire Works," achieved a balance between the kinetic, rhythmically baffling avant-garde jazz-metal of "Calculating Infinity" with their more melodic and industrial/electronic influenced side. All this makes "Option Paralysis" a first-rate summation of DEPs career thus far, and while I'm not yet prepared to ascertain its relative position within the DEP canon, I am ready to declare it another blistering, 5 star masterpiece. (That's 4 in a row, for those keeping score . . .)

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.
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i've never reviewed a DEP album before, yet i now own all of them. i'm in the boat of people that checked these guys out b/c of the EP with Mike Patton (lucky enough to have caught them open for Mr. Bungle in 1999). if you want a CHALLENGING artist, this is where you go. i like that it took me awhile to "get it". much like the MELVINS, it didn't click with me right away. it's not as if it's an acquired taste, because it is definitely not forced. it's like enrolling in a math class. at first, it's foreign. as you either pass or fail, you choose the path. is this something worth trying to understand? with this band - yes. ok, i'm rambling, here's the review:

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?
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I was on the Dillinger Escape Plan band wagon from day one, owning their first EP and being blown away by "Calculating Infinity". Then "Miss Machine" came along and, lets be honest with ourselves, it wasn't very good. Yeah, it wasn't terrible, but it was clearly an awkward transition period after the departure of their original vocalist Dimitri Minakakis and marking the start of Greg Puciato's dominant run at the head of the machine. "Ire Works" followed, with a nice return to form, but also featuring one of the worst songs I've ever heard in my life ('Milk Lizard') that I still can't believe they released as a single.

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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