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The Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine

Discussion in 'Metal Reviews' started by Bleakest Harvest, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. Bleakest Harvest

    Bleakest Harvest \m/Misanthropic Hippy\m/

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    The Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
    Relapse - RELCD6587 - 2004
    By Paddy Walsh

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    Finally the new Dillinger Escape Plan is upon us. After the triumph of the Irony Is A Dead Scene EP comes their first full-length since 1999's Calculating Infinity. Things have changed somewhat since the days of their being a technical jazzcore outfit. Dmitri is gone, temporarily replaced by Mike Patton for the EP and now they have another new guy named Greg.

    The new vocalist is charged with the rather unenviable task of being Patton's successor, fairly impossible you might say, and you'd be right. So I felt it would probably be in his interest to simply be his own man and find his own voice. Unfortunately, Greg often sounds like a second-rate Patton clone on Miss Machine. This is a shame, as he is a decent vocalist in his own right, but his irksome attempts at imitating Pattons Schizo vocal histrionics sound forced and unnecessary. Witness the blatant Tomahawk-isms of 'Phone Home' for instance, or the obvious Faith No More inspired chorus of 'Setting Fire To Sleeping Giant'.

    Of course this isn't just Greg's fault. Perhaps he is just finding his feet as a vocalist, but the band seem to have gone for hooks this time round, rather than the all round bludgeoning of Calculating Infinity. This was demonstrated on the EP and worked well there, as the spaz-riffage intertwined with Patton's amazing vocals exhibited a chemistry which is, alas, missing here. There are some great songs however, the opening four are classic Dillinger Escape Plan, with some nice new ideas incorporated such as the rather epic finale to 'Sunshine The Werewolf'. Opener 'Panasonic Youth' shows the band in fine form too, perhaps being a misleading indicator of things to follow. 'Baby's First Coffin' sees the band managing to successfully strike the balance between bludgeon and subtlety and is thus a highlight. It's when the band dumb things down that it all goes a bit pear-shaped, such as on the aforementioned 'Phone Home'. 'Unretrofied' shows the group inserting an annoying emo-esque chorus into proceedings, which completely sucks the venom from their attack and leaves them sounding a little too limp-wristed for what was once such an overwhelmingly powerful band.

    Ill executed songwriting decisions aside, Miss Machine is solid if a little unspectacular. It lacks the visceral impact of Calculating Infinity and can't match the schizophrenic madness of Irony Is A Dead Scene. The Dillinger Escape Plan seem to be trying to all things to everyone and may have forgotten what made them so great in the first place.

    7/10

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    I like about half of this. The other half is just boring to me.
     
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    Good and fair review Bleakest Harvest.

    I'm still mixed about the new album. Calculating infinity is one of my all time favs, and well, although I didn't want them to make Calculating infinity part 2, I feel they've changed there sound a little too much for my likeing.

    It seems that they've toned down the heaviness and kamikaze style playing, in place of this they've branched out into lots of different sounds, which makes this quite a varied album. The new vocalist doesn't have the flat out aggression of Dimitri, but he has a much greater range, with some actual clean vocals in places. Though I found his voice quite annoying at times.

    The problem I have is that when I listen to DEP, I want them to go all out and hit the self destruct button, when they don't its just a bit of a letdown, and there are only a few moments on this album when they really go for it. So all I can say is that its different to there previous material, maybe it'll grow on me after a few more listens.
     
  4. Bleakest Harvest

    Bleakest Harvest \m/Misanthropic Hippy\m/

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    That's kinda what I keep thinking too. I listened to the thing again yesterday and to be honest some of the songs sounded better this time round. Maybe it was because it was on headphones or something. But I still think it's definitely missing something...
     
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    I like it. They clearly want to hit the radio on a couple of tracks, but even there they mix in enough aggression to maybe not get their wish.
     
  6. PaulRawNerve

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    certainly doesnt match c.i. but thing is, not many albums by ANYBODY could match such a masterpiece. but after much listening in the last few days, its VERY hooky, and as a full album works really well, but i do agree about the fact that they have dumbed it down a little, and there are too many FNM/patton infulences for it to be as original as DEP as known to be..

    there are a few monstrous riffs on this thing though as well, and if any other band had done this people would be licking their balls in awe, so it still is essentially an awesome album in my opinion.. and definitely a grower as well.
     
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    Yeah, it kinda sounds like theyre still with patton on this one, not a bad thing though
     
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    calculating infinity still hold the flame gentlemen :D
     
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