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The Dillinger Escape Plan

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is A Dead Scene album cover
4.30 | 56 ratings | 8 reviews | 50% 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of
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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hollywood Squares (4:08)
2. Pig Latin (3:31)
3. When Good Dogs Do Bad Things (6:00)
4. Come To Daddy (4:21)

Total Time: 18:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Mike Patton / voice, sampler & percussion
- Ben Weinman / guitars, keyboards
- Brian Benoit / guitars
- Liam Wilson / bass
- Chris Pennie / drums, percussion, keyboards
- Adam Doll / keyboards, samples

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THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Irony Is A Dead Scene ratings distribution

(56 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(50%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (5%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Irony Is A Dead Scene reviews

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Review by frenchie
4 stars This is a really interesting EP. Dillinger Escape Plan have always seemed like a band Mike Patton would have been interested in, and so this is a great collaboration. I love the insane time signature changes, obscurity and unsurity on these tracks, as it makes it exciting and interesting. The best tracks are "Hollywood Squares" and "When Good Dogs Do Bad Things". They represnt some great metal, prog and avante garde elements. The cover of Aphex Twin's "Come to Daddy" is quite random, yet interesting and perhaps comical. DEP and Patton are two artists who were made to collaborate and they certainly didn't waste their opportunity to work together. Shame a full studio album wasn't created, but this is still a very good piece of work, and probably the best highlight in DEP's discography!

I would advise caution when first listening to this album as it certainly is not a standard metal album. This one will go down well with fans of Fantomas and Mr Bungle.

Review by Moatilliatta
4 stars While searching for a permanent vocalist, The Dillinger Escape Plan made an EP with creative genius/vocalist Mike Patton. Also, as the band has been plagued with constant lineup changes since they formed, Liam Wilson is now on board playing bass, who is still a member today.

The music on this is disc is already miles beyond the group's debut, Calculating Infinity, and it is safe to assume that Mike had a lot to do with it. Fortunately, the band would keep many of the quirks of this disc in their future music.

Three of the four tracks are original pieces, which are all fantastic. Running the gamut from metal & hardcore to avant-garde with constant twists and turns and parts that will make you giggle to yourself, these new pieces prove to be very stimulating. The other is a cover of Aphex Twin's "Come to Daddy;" a strange cover of an already strange song, but it's pretty neat. The band has made some interesting covers since this one, as seen on the Plagiarism EP, but this one is the most bizarre and interesting.

The Dillinger Escape Plan has a fresh take on the sound they pioneered with each release, and with this release, the band really start to work magic. If only there were at least a couple more songs on this!

Review by Rune2000
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Let me start by saying that I've never been a fan of the Dillinger Escape Plan since their monotonous and over the top style, plus the ever changing vocalists, don't really appeal to my senses. But an exception had to be made once I heard that Mike Patton stepped behind the mic and added his unique blend sampling into the mix.

This 18-minute EP delivered everything that I could hope for from such a lethal collaboration. Ever since the first few seconds of the brilliant opener, Hollywood Squares, I knew that this was going to be one wild ride! It's true that the material on Irony Is A Dead Scene is completely dominated by Patton which can be hassle for anyone expecting the more regular mathcore style that the Dillinger Escape Plan is famous for. But I'm sure that even the fans should appreciate this collaboration since it opens so many new doors for the band to explore on their future releases.

Pig Latin continues the brilliance that began on the opening track but the obvious nods at System of A Down-styled shouts drops this track down one notch even though the second half of the composition was a great departure to the realm of Patton! When Good Dogs Do Bad Things is basically a longer version of Pig Latin but with even more creative energy inserted by everyone involved. The atmospheric section, two minutes into the track, is easily the best moment of this EP with perfectly placed guitar work adding even greater effect to the occasion. It's a pity that this collaboration didn't result in more original material since the cover of Come To Daddy feels pretty repetitive and adds nothing new to the original version except for the additional experimental sounds that don't do anything for me.

Minor misstep towards the end aside, Irony Is A Dead Scene still remains a refreshing take on the the formula that both Mike Patton and the Dillinger Escape Plan can be proud of. I definitely recommend all fans of experimental metal music to check out this EP!

***** star songs: Hollywood Squares (4:08) When Good Dogs Do Bad Things (6:01)

**** star songs: Pig Latin (3:31)

*** star songs: Come To Daddy (4:23)

Latest members reviews

5 stars AMAZING. Take Dilling Escape Plan's odd time signatures and amazing complexity and mix it with Mike Patton's awe inspiring genius and you have a very interesting experimental disk that though is only roughly 20 minutes will take you through so many emotions and leave your head spinning. Worth th ... (read more)

Report this review (#168751) | Posted by shentile | Saturday, April 26, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars with the addition of Mike Patton, they can do no wrong. This is my personal favorite of all of their releases thus far; the songwriting has more variety and instrumentation is more diverse. It is short and sweet. Plus it does not get bogged down in the rather repititious (after a while) appr ... (read more)

Report this review (#149794) | Posted by avalanchemaster | Friday, November 9, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is just a four song EP, but quite a pack for one. Like Calculating Infinity, this one is dominated by total insanity, aggression and complex instrumentations, but there are also some fresh new elements here added by Mike Patton. He does a good job here, beside screaming and shouting he do ... (read more)

Report this review (#50971) | Posted by | Sunday, October 9, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is a pretty good record and a great collection of songs which feature the vocals of the multi-talented Mike PATTON, his only appearance with THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. Mike PATTON's influence on this record is definately noticable but does not at all smother the band's classic sound that I'v ... (read more)

Report this review (#43576) | Posted by Solids2k | Saturday, August 20, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This recording,in my opinion is DEP's best!!These lunatics after escaping from the asylum foynd shelter in the kind shelter of the arch-paranoid,lunatic,totally crazy Mike Patton!!and the result?When good dogs do bad thinks is the best DEP song ever,pig latin is a vulgar show of raped latin mu ... (read more)

Report this review (#43572) | Posted by suachili | Saturday, August 20, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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