The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis
- To date I can only name a few albums that sound as diverse as this. The Dillinger Escape Plan have crafted a nice niche in the hardcore/metalcore scene over the years and still remain precise as they do unique. The way they blend progressive elements such as the use of odd time signatures with metal and hardcore influences while still managing to sound chaotic at times is incredible. This album seems to showcase that style: The first track sounds like Mike Patton recorded the verses while Trent Reznor handled the choruses. It's actually interesting to note that I felt that it sounded like Trent Reznor was a large influence on the band this time around. The six and a half minute long piano-driven track "Widower" (which is sandwiched between two of the most loudest aggressive tracks on the album) is probably the strongest evidence of this. All the spastic energy on this album seems to channeled into build an overall architecture and will satisfy both progressive fans as well as metal fans.