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Founded in New Jersey in '97 by the original core members guitarist Ben WEINMAN, drummer Chris PENNIE, and bassist Adam DOLL, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has already cemented their status as the 'cream of the crop' concerning underground metal acts and has lately begun breaking through to larger audiences. Their music displays the energy of technical metal, the readiness to experiment and epicness of their songs which can be attributed to the likes of progressive rock, and the dissonant chords and breakdowns found in jazz. Their dedication to touring and unending effort to leave an impression on their audience with their amazingly energetic live shows is a testament to the fact that 'hard work pays off' as their fan base continues to grow.

Their disography dates back to '97 with their self-titled six song EP. The critically acclaimed three song EP entitled "Under The Running Board" gained much attention in '98 and '99 saw the release of their first full length album "Calculating Infinity". When original vocalist Dimitri MINAKAKIS left the band they released their "Irony Is A Dead Scene" EP which featured Mike PATTON of Mr. Bungle and Faith No More fame on vocals, this move certainly did nothing to hurt their popularity. Notable on this particular release is the amazing and epic "When Good Dogs Do Bad Things" and their fun cover of APHEX TWIN's original song "Come To Daddy". Afterwards, Greg PUCIATO was recruited as new permanent vocalist and in 2004 their second LP "Miss Machine" was released.

While the band constantly displays virtuosity with both their instrumental prowess and ability to keep up with frightening time signatures/changes, their music may be difficult for the usual prog fan to digest. Repeated exposure to their material is advised and seeing their live show is recommended to potential fans interested in something new and exciting in progressive metal. Not since the early 'progressive rock' era of the late '60s has a band produced music so fresh, unique, and exciting as THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's.


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Discography:
The Dillinger Escape Plan, EP (1997)
Under The Running Board, EP (1998)
Calculating Infinity, Studio Album (1999)
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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN discography


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3.45 | 52 ratings
Calculating Infinity
1999
3.02 | 62 ratings
Miss Machine
2004
3.55 | 72 ratings
Ire Works
2007
3.72 | 84 ratings
Option Paralysis
2010
3.66 | 37 ratings
One Of Us Is The Killer
2013

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3.38 | 8 ratings
The Dillinger Escape Plan
1997
3.05 | 14 ratings
Under The Running Board
1998
4.28 | 45 ratings
Irony Is A Dead Scene
2002
3.63 | 8 ratings
Plagiarism
2006
3.16 | 6 ratings
Farewell, Mona Lisa
2010

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 One Of Us Is The Killer by DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.66 | 37 ratings

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One Of Us Is The Killer
The Dillinger Escape Plan Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

5 stars Dillinger are a band that I've had a mixed relationship with in the past. I've always been interested in these guys from day one, but no matter what they did, there was always something about them that turned me off them, especially album wise. Their first few releases, a bit too crazy for my liking, slowly became slightly slowed down on their 2nd full length 'Miss Machine'. Now this is when things started to peek up for me interest wise. The guys decided to take a better approach at songwriting, with a lot of progressive influences throughout. The follow up, Ire Works was my favourite album of theirs a while, mainly because it was almost like 2 albums, with the crazy side and the more melodic side being almost separate and very noticeable Sadly, 'Option Paralysis' really wasn't my cup of tea. The ideas where strong and the sound was good, but it just seems that a lack of songwriting was the big problem. Other people love the album it seems, but it it really wasn't my thing.

Really the big problem I've always had with these guys is that they at times are like 2 bands...a mathcore band and a progressive metal band, who switch whenever they feel like it. The 2 could never really gel well, or at least they have never been able to mix them with success. But on this album...they've accomplished this.

Yea, I heard a lot of good things about this album, so when I finally got down to listening to it, I was very happy that everything that I wanted to hear on a Dillinger album is here.

The sound of the band is still similar, but this album really shows of how the songwriting has progressed and changed. The songs, instead of being crazy collections of discords, drum patterns and odd time signatures are now cohesive collections, with amazing build ups and changes of tone throughout.

One of the oddest quotes I heard about this album was from my brother, who basically said 'it's their most extreme but also their most accessible', and in many ways I agree with him. The album is definitely accessible with the popiness of some songs and the accessibility of the whole album, but...this is a very dark album. Instrumentally, it is to the point of almost injury inducing, with the bass and drums acting like a hammer to brain, while the guitar drills your gums. Greg's vocals are like every bad and angry comment spat at you like a snake shooting it's venom.

The album opener 'Prancer' and lead single really is a highlight for this band. I think anyone who has heard this song has wanted to buy the album straight after listening to it.

'When I Lost My Bet' flows perfectly from Prancer, in fact I thought it was the 2nd part to Prancer. A song based almost on a swing beat with stabs of staccato flourishes. As the song progresses it completely explodes.

The albums title track is a 'Dillinger' ballad. A slower and more melodic song, but definitely one of the highlights. A rather catchy and surprisingly powerful song.

Another major part of the album is the track 'Paranoia Shields.' A very dramatic and changing song with a very powerful performance from Greg.

One of the albums highlights has to be 'Crossburner.' The album's longest song, this one is packed full of drama and some heart wrenching vocals from Greg.

In conclusion, this is definitely the band's best album and their shining moment. These guys are like wine...it takes a while for them to really expose their flavours, so leaving them out for a few years will make them taste better. These guys have received a lot of attention in the past, and because of this release I think they should receive more. These guys have reclaimed their status as one of the worlds most interesting groups, most adventurous, both live and in the studio.

8.8/10

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 One Of Us Is The Killer by DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.66 | 37 ratings

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by EatThatPhonebook
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4 stars 8/10

Fluent Like A Falling Feather.

Metalcore and Mathcore are the two genres that most frequently split the metal community right in two: some love it its complexity and mixture with Hardcore Punk, others loathe it. But The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of the few bands that always had a great amount of fans and relatively small amount of haters. 'One of Us Is The Killer' is the band's fifth studio album, and is what some call a game-changer: by far, it is the most mature album of theirs yet, their first LP that has greatness all over it, without ever getting lost into pretentiousness or instrumental wankery.

For starters, the production on 'One Of Us Is The Killer' is some of the most lush and polished heard this year, that however doesn't let the distortion and the heaviness lose the fierce momentum that is characteristic of Dillinger Escape Plan. But the big bonus that makes this album really stand out is a well-developed sense of melody and an overall more mature level of songwriting. Then, there's the aspect for which the band risked the most, as for every album, to sound pretentious or over-the-top: the Mathcore side of the equation, the odd-time signatures and improbable riffs that usually sound way too over-studied. While a lot of thought was undoubtedly put on these riffs as well, here these flashy moments are fun to listen to and obviously showcase a great deal of talent on behalf of the musicians, even because they miraculously sound spontaneous and well-placed, with the exception of a few spots here and there.

There is not one dull moment throughout the short period of time in which this album prolongs into, not only thanks to the catchiness and all those positive points I mentioned earlier, but because of a quality most albums these days lack: a flawless, perfect flow, that seems to understand when enough is enough, when it's time to turn things down, or slow the tempo down to a more straight-forward groove. Right off the bat you get two heavy, fast and Mathcore-to-the-core tracks that immediately grab the listeners attention: but the title track right after turns it down a notch, and for the first time in the album some melody is introduced. It's not necessarily a loud-quiet formula all of the time, because there's also the fast and Mathy tracks rigorously alternated with ones that manifest quite a bit of melody: 'Hero Of The Soviet Union' followed by 'Nothing's Funny', followed by the multi-faceted 'Understanding Decay' is an example of the clever pacing OFUITK pulls off. As far as further individual highlights go, 'Paranoia Shields' is almost a radio-friendly metal track, while 'Crossburner' slows things down in tempo but not in volume.

Probably one of the few Mathcore albums in existence that manages to sound fierce and technical and at the same time that gives the impression that it was an effortless achievement for the musicians. With an excellent boost in songwriting and sense of melody, Dillinger Escape Plan now have the respect they deserve.

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 Calculating Infinity by DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.45 | 52 ratings

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Prog Sothoth
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4 stars When I first heard this album I was reminded of a man I saw on a street corner shouting his brains out through a megaphone. There was conviction and a sense of desperation in his voice, but in all honesty I couldn't decipher a single thing he was saying, and neither could anyone else passing by either. Oblivious to the bad acoustics and cheap megaphone, he railed on and possibly warned us about something, but in actuality he was wasting his entire afternoon since no one could hear him if they even cared.

Calculating Infinity has that aspect, but it also has a ton of musical energy to compensate for the relentless shouting about "stuff". Frantic and aggressive, the music lunges with ripping fast rhythms between hardcore, metal and even some grind influences while retaining a technical tightness usually reserved for technical metal and prog bands. The focus is mainly on the tempos and time signatures, thus the drummer is easily the most important member here, and does a fine job keeping busy while anchoring this whole project. The songs themselves are mostly noisy and violent pieces that can suddenly at any time shift into moments of jazzy fusion or just sheer ridiculous head-scratching weirdness for a brief spell for no apparent reason than to keep the listener guessing.

Meanwhile, far off on the horizon, a little penis wiggles in the wind.

The important thing about Calculating Infinity is that despite the seeming randomness to it all, I never get bored by the experience. Granted the vocals took some getting used to as they don't veer much from that constant yelling with occasional 'whispery' passages to add variety, and some of the atonal chugging sections begin to wear out their welcome just before the music shifts into something with hints of melody or a slow atmospheric passage...one never knows what will happen next. It's a fun record to be enjoyed by those into raucous music that has its roots in hardcore music while brandishing their instruments like seasoned aces with a fixation on time signatures and polyrhythms. Later on, the band would branch out towards more experimental realms and a better variance of vocalizations, but here is the group at its basic foundation, what they are essentially known for above all else.

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 Option Paralysis by DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.72 | 84 ratings

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by iamathousandapples

5 stars When I was getting into Between The Buried and Me around 2008/09, a lot of people came up suggesting I should listen to The Dillinger Escape Plan, so I got a few of their albums and really never got it. It all seemed too chaotic and insubstantial. And then hearing the release of this album, I decided to give it a shot. I'm really glad I did.

Looking at it now, it's the culmination of everything they decided to do after Calculating Infinity, refined, then refined again, because what I failed to notice in Miss Machine was a lot of experimentation going on along the lines of Faith No More, and it really works for them. Especially in songs like Gold Teeth On A Bum and Chinese Whispers where very melodic vocal parts are seamlessly intertwined with the frantic mathcore they're known for.

In terms of listenability this is definitely one of their easiest listens yet, but it still isn't for one who isn't accustomed to mathcore or metal in general. Greg Pusciato has a great scream and a great melodic voice, highlighted especially well in the album's climax, Widower.

Now as for Widower it is by far the best song on the album. So much so that it really deserves its own paragraph. It starts off with a light piano accompaniment from Mike Garson(who also did work for Smashing Pumpkins and David Bowie) and Greg almost crooning his lines. And then the rest of the band come in. The mood tenses up as the pianos take a back seat and the vocals grow heavier. Eventually it reaches it's climax and everyone goes all out with the piano just staying out for the climax of not only the song, but the album itself. They quickly calm down to just piano noodling in about a minute, before one last outburst reminding the listener of what exactly they're listening to.

The band itself is absolutely flawless although I'd hesitate to call each one out on their merits. They really all work together in a cohesive unit, no one really outshining the other, while turning together on a dime when the music calls for it.

Overall as a mathcore album you really can't go wrong with this, and if you're considering buying a DEP album, this should definitely be your first stop.

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 Miss Machine by DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.02 | 62 ratings

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Miss Machine
The Dillinger Escape Plan Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by 40footwolf

2 stars "Miss Machine," The Dillinger Escape Plan's pseudo-concept album about stalking, kidnapping, torture, rape and murder occupies an uncomfortable space in the band's discography, and with good reason. Having not yet abandoned the vicious havoc of "Calculating Infinity" but not quite moved into the full experimentation of "Ire Works," "Miss Machine" is an album that tries to have its cake and eat it too, and it is rarely, if ever, successful at doing so.

Atmosphere is the key thing that this album lacks: It's typically slamming away with all guns blazing, with little regard for delivery. As technically proficient as these musicians are, they have a habit of tripping each other up, one guitarist trying for clean melody while the other attempts a staccato mathcore assault,and they rarely gel together well. Greg Puciato is another big problem, since his vocals are rarely driving or brutal enough to really carry across the vile subject matter of the lyrics. Seriously, a lot of this wouldn't be out of place on a Tyler, The Creator album but he barks through it like it was just another typical hardcore album, when he's not doing painful Mike Patton impressions. It's for these reasons that "Sunshine the Werewolf," "Phone Home," "The Perfect Design" and "We Are the Storm" are by far the best songs on the album: They have the most extreme subject matter on the album, but they're also the songs where the band starts treating that fact like an asset rather than shoving it into the background, using sudden time signature changes and bleak atmospherics to bring across the vicious horror contained within the songs. These are the songs where The Dillinger Escape Plan is heavy enough and mean enough to bring their gruesome vision to life, and it's a shame that they couldn't maintain that level of conviction throughout the album's (rather sparse, it should be noted) 40 minute run time.

Ultimately, what brings down "Miss Machine" is its total lack of focus. Is it a horrifying spiral into the mind of a sexually depraved madman? The lyrics say so, but the actual music tries to convince the listener that the musicianship itself is first and foremost. That said, once you're aware of the album's concept, it becomes impossible to look at the album as just another mathcore record and you start to wonder why the themes weren't either more thoroughly integrated into the tone of the music or dropped altogether. It's certainly an uncomfortable album, but not in the way the band members wanted it to be. "Miss Machine" ends up drawing your attention in so many different directions that it starts to seem like the band itself didn't end up making the most of any of the things it wanted you to pay attention to.

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 Farewell, Mona Lisa by DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
3.16 | 6 ratings

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Farewell, Mona Lisa
The Dillinger Escape Plan Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Andy Webb
Forum & Site Admin Group Admin / Heavy Prog Team

3 stars Non stop, no break, out of breath, crazy.

The Dillinger Escape Plan is well known for being the most obviously recognizable "mathcore" band: broken down, it's absolute insanity. Crazy riffs played at insane speed backed by insane rhythms with eccentric vocals, melodies, and just about everything else insane in the music. Farewell, Mona Lisa is no different. The band has no trouble dishing out numerous time signature and tempo changes, intense chord progressions, and just an overall sense of insanity. And when I say time changes, this isn't your average 4/4 to 3/4, this is dabbling in the x/16 to x/32 to x/8 to something else ridiculous within only a few second. Musically,The track includes a highly avant-garde feel to it, fusing a lot more jazz influence into the music than usual "plain ol' metal". Of course the crazy up and down the neck shredding is present, with plenty of tasteful part changes. Overall, the track is a great track. 3 stars.

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 Under The Running Board by DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1998
3.05 | 14 ratings

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Under The Running Board
The Dillinger Escape Plan Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

2 stars This is the band's second EP and is quite representative of their early sound. Although the EP only lasts 7.5 minutes, there is plenty to discuss about the three short tracks here, and reviewing them is not as easy as initially thought.

The sound of the band (at least in these early days) can be roughly described as hardcore/thrash played in an extremely technical/progressive manner. I could only compare them to Meshuggah, and especially to more "chaotic" albums such as Chaosphere. There are influences from both the American (Slayer) and the Swedish scene (At The Gates) - the latter evident in Sandbox Magician. On top of these, there are few glimpses of jazz and fusion and also some more alternative/nu-metal elements resembling to Deftones (Abe the Cop). Generally the tempo is dominated by blast beats, interrupted by short pauses or slow thrashy riffs.

None of these was apparent in my first listen, which I regarded as mere "noise", but a few repeated spins have somewhat changed my mind. There are plenty of moments to take with you and as the EP progresses, it becomes better. I find this EP both annoying and great at times, as the thought of any type of structure between the challenging riffs is completely out of the question.

The Running Board is definitely difficult to digest and should be approached with caution... Although there are pieces of brilliance, they do not really add up for me as a "package" but should definitely appeal to fans of extreme prog metal in the vein of Meshuggah.

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 Option Paralysis by DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.72 | 84 ratings

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Option Paralysis
The Dillinger Escape Plan Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Option Paralysis' - The Dillinger Escape Plan (7/10)

Although undeniably a greatly talented group of musicians, the work of US mathcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan is a very love-it-or-hate-it entity. With chaotic and atypical chord structures, discordant noise and plenty of rhythmic experimentation to go around, the band certainly makes no effort to appeal to every listener. Throughout their career, they have polarized audiences with their unique blend of experimental metalcore, and 'Option Paralysis' will be no exception to this. Blending some of the noisiest and most frenetic guitar work you're likely to hear this year, with concise songwriting and a dynamic vocal delivery, my ears were slow to warm up to the Dillinger Escape Plan's latest work. But if anything, 'Option Paralysis' proves that whatever your first impression of this group may be, they certainly warrant an educated listen before passing final judgement.

The album takes very little time getting started. A few tranquil chords ring as a vanguard to 'Option Paralysis's very barrage of sound. Mathematically complex guitar experimentation bursts throughout under the unsettling and screechy screams of vocalist Greg Puciato. However, between the chaotic noisy intensity are quite a few melodic sections. While I'm still not a fan of the screams that the Dillinger Escape Plan employs, the clean vocals are quite skilled and effective, although they can sound a bit nasal in parts. Despite making a name for themselves based on their erratic and amelodic delivery, the more mellow sections of the album are very melodic and beautiful. Even in the more accessible parts of the album however is an experimental nature, which lends a challenging listening experience throughout.

While the genre of mathcore demands a very particular sort of listener, 'Option Paralysis' should be given a chance, even by those that do not historically care for the style much. With that being said however, this is certainly not an easy listen, and requires a few listens even just to become enjoyable. While not every experiment on 'Option Paralysis' works, and some of the erratic guitar work can get annoying after a while, I have certainly been impressed by this band's effort here. A very unique sounding project.

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 Option Paralysis by DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.72 | 84 ratings

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Option Paralysis
The Dillinger Escape Plan Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

3 stars After loving their last album, Ire Works, I jumped at the chance to get their new album.

And did it match up to their previous...

No, and to be honest I was a little disapointed.

This album wasn't bad, and it wasn't really good either.

These guys became too enraptured in becoming weird and playing off beats and going mental (something modern prog bands are doing too much these days), and they lost their songwrting abilities (well they have some).

If you wanna hear these guys, buy Ire Works, it's really good, and maybe on a one off get this album just to complete a collection.

1. Farewell, Mona Lisa - Very frantic and quite eerie. In the intro has a black metal vibe to it. Love the middle section. 9/10

2. Good Neighbour - Love the melodic death metal influence. Incredibly frantic with a lot of time changes and off beats (ooh what a suprise). 8/10

3. Gold Teeth On A Bum - Greg's vocals are amazing in this song. Pretty ok chorus. 8/10

4. Crystal Mourning - Some more black metal influences with some of the riffs. A bit too frantic. 7/10

5. Endless Endings - Again very samey and frantic. 6/10

6. Widower - Amazing piano work. Quite cheesy but also quite beautiful. Great change in dynamics and amazing vocals from Greg. 9/10

7. Room Full Of Eyes - Very noisy, but a bit samey. Nothing really different. 6/10

8. Chinese Whispers - This song does have a jazzy edge and a pretty cool chorus. 8/10

9. I Wouldn't If You Didn't - This song does have some interesting twists and turns. Great change in dynamics. 8/10

10. Parasitic Twins - Intro is pretty eerie. Great vocals. Has quite a poppy vibe with the falsetto vocals and the overdubs. 9/10

CONCLUSION: No real exceptional songs and a lot of randomness. If I were you, I would buy their other albums, before even thinking of buying this one.

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 Ire Works by DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.55 | 72 ratings

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Ire Works
The Dillinger Escape Plan Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

4 stars This being my first Dillinger Escape Plan album, I didn't really know how to accept them, but I had enough practice with Sikth, Protest The Hero, Fall Of Troy & The Locust to know what I was up against.

And yes, this is an amazing math metal album.

Very crazy and frantic, but also great songwrtiting, and at times great chorus.

This seems to be their best album, but only have 2, so don't take my word for it.

1. Fix Your Face - Has a crazy Mastodon meets Mudhoney vibe. Pretty cool middle section. 9/10

2. Lurch - Quite discordant and very frantic. 8/10

3. Black Bubblegum - Very cheesy but works well. Incredible chorus. I have a feeling the song is about their former drummer Chris Pennie, who decided to leave them and drum for Coheed & Cambria. 10/10

4. Sick On Sunday - Obvious Aphex Twin influence. Love the dynamic changes. 10/10

5. When Acting As A Particle - Has quite a sinister atmosphere. Pretty spooky. 9/10

6. Nong Eye Gong - Quite jazzy. Very frantic. Short and sweet. 8/10

7. When Acting As A Wave - Mixes polyrhythyms with Aphex Twin noise. Pretty amazing. 10/10

8. 82588 - Some very frantic guitar work. Alot of disjunct fretwork. Very weird middle section. 8/10

9. Milk Lizard - Amazing song with a brilliant chorus and some werid instrumental choices. Pretty cool video. 10/10

10. Party Smasher - Great change in dynamics. Alot of crazy moments. 8/10

11. Dead As History - Another Aphex Twin like intro. The flute and piano sections sound like King Crimson. Pretty cool chorus. 9/10

12. Horse Hunter - Love how the song changes from crazy Math metal into lounge jazz with distorted guitars. Great lyrics and vocals. 9/10

13. Mouth Of Ghosts - Pretty cool laidback song. Love the build up. The piano work in the middle is amazing. 9/10

CONCLUSION: Not a masterpiece, but one great album.

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