The other members of Dillinger Escape Plan, with their notorious reputation for sounding like drug-addled chaos theorists with guitars and drums, are among the most technically proficient players on the planet. Irony Is a Dead Scene even features a spot-on cover of Aphex Twin's percussive mind-fuck "Come to Daddy," performed with a jaw-dropping precision only Dillinger Escape Plan could execute.
Ultimately, the collaboration with Patton is nothing short of brilliant. He brings a sense of melody to the band that its previous LP, Calculating Infinity, lacked. But luckily for fans, this doesn't dilute the group's violent attack one bit. If anything, the melodic parts serve to embellish the insanity of the more extreme moments. "When Good Dogs Do Bad Things" features Patton spitting out raspy nonsense at the highest possible velocity, while the guitars of Ben Weinman and Brian Benoit negotiate a maelstrom of digital chaos over the epileptic drumming of Chris Pennie. As the song builds to a crescendo, with Patton howling, "Run away!" as if on the brink of death, one can't help but shudder -- and turn it up.
Dillinger Escape Plan play the Masquerade Sun., Dec. 1.
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