“Option Paralysis” by The Dillinger Escape Plan

I’ve been having some trouble trying to express my thoughts on this album. So, here’s the review in a nutshell:




To put it simply, this is some strong stuff. Option Paralysis was my first time actually listening to The Dillinger Escape Plan, despite having heard of them through Mike Patton’s brief stint as their vocalist. Some fans seem upset with the band’s recent change of their metal sound to include softer musical elements. Well yes, there are jazzy influences, particularly found in the piano-infused track “Widower”, but there’s way more than enough of the boys sounding like a pack of wildcats about to bite your head off to satisfy your urge.

There are some parts of the album where the band employs some strange sounds but for the most part you’re going to hear buzzing, pissed off guitars furiously slicing at any optimism floating around in the air. Listen to the opening track “Farewell, Mona Lisa” as it serves to be a campbell’s condensed chicken noodle soup envisioning of the whole album to follow. Option Paralysis is a very powerful, noisy metal album with a few breathers as the band examines the chaos it has left in its wake.

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