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The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer

Sumerian Records 2013
The Dillinger Escape Plan - One Of Us Is The Killer

Known for their incendiary live performances as much as they are their polarizing musical output, The Dillinger Escape Plan continue to tread a volatile course throughout “One Of Us Is The Killer“. Following a similar trajectory to that of “Option Paralysis“, this latest affair pits melody against a whirlwind of challenging sonic shrapnel, but it’s not entirely business as usual this time out.

While “One Of Us Is The Killer” is certainly abrasive and hungry, it’s not as big of a step away as “Miss Machine” was. Sure there’s an abundance of self progression shown on this album, but its implementation is far more subversive. Rather than brash electronics or full blown stylistic commitments, it’s the fleshed out part changes and indulgent ‘throwaway’ elements that truly stand out.

It’s not just the case of a rabid dog learning some new tricks either. For the albums running order serves as much purpose as the individual songs’ own unpredictable mood swings. Take for instance their jaunt through the repertoire of Refused on “When I Lost My Bet“. The trailing jazzy percussion and motormouth vocals that crop up aren’t entirely out of the bands wheelhouse; but they are utilized to a jarring effect by following them up with the albums title track—which itself is an immediate standout.

Its sultry haze and subdued falsetto sound like something Sade could sing over if not for the underlying creepiness of the guitars and booming chorus. “Nothing’s Funny” follows soon after and chugs through menacing bass lines and high register The Mars Volta-styled weirdness; complete with syncopated keys and a flat out chorus (think “Unretrofied” with a more proggy slant.)

The proverbial segue “CH 375 268 277 ARS” boasts scratchy guitars and a lock-tight rhythm section; making for an unexpected instrumental breather—that is if one discounts the apparent cryptic backmasking buried at the end. It’s the smaller details like this where The Dillinger Escape Plan really sink their teeth in.

The first impression may be a standardized diagnosis of their usual schizophrenia as caustic aggression and conflicted harmonies are the main ingredients. But it’s in the impassioned nods to other genres and the nuanced overdubs and keys and the like that the bands evolution is fully displayed.

One Of Us Is The Killer” isn’t just a band throwing feverish genre shifts and dissonant time signatures into a blender. There’s far too much layering and sleight of hand lurking beneath the surface to relegate it as just another Dillinger album.

The band still thrive on outright antagonism, but rather than flex their ego and force the listener down an enlightened path, they made it all the more appreciable by hiding it just out of view. It’s convincing proof that sometimes it’s more rewarding when someone doesn’t do all the work for you.

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    • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence     May 2, 2013 at 12:48 am

      ‘Sleight of hand’.. lovin’ this review (but you never give 4stars)!
      I’m gonna get so high and listen to this with headphones in the dark when it lands in my mailbox. blunce

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    • adamonfire     May 2, 2013 at 4:38 am

      This band is just total meh, and I won’t even bother seeing them again at Orion as Battlecross and Dead Sara play at the same time. Pass.

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        • SpinSwimScream     May 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

          Kid Cock is even worse than Disturbed. I’m disappointed in you man… Dillinger isn’t my favorite band, but Kid Cock? Really?

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        • adamonfire     May 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

          $20 tickets at a Metro Detroit amphitheater… the atmosphere is going to be incredible. And will make for incredible people watching in addition to a few good tunes from DWAC (hopefully).

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        • SpinSwimScream     May 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm

          Hopefully, you get to see Kid Rock rip off some more Lynyrd Skynyrd in all his glory. It will go good with all of the bands covering other bands news we’ve been subjected to as of late.

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        • Relentless_Beating     May 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

          You are hands down the shittiest music fan I have ever come across. It actually embarrasses me that we share some bands in our musical tastes.

          It doesn’t matter where Kid Rock is playing, he is a shit musician, and you supporting him makes you a joke of a music fan.

          Haha And Battlecross? Give your head a shake, and lift your skirt, and check if you actually have some balls.

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        • Musically I would be more motivated for Summer Slaughter but I am guessing there are a lot more, and better looking, women at the Kid Rock show. In Detroit? Hell yeah.

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        • cma3585     May 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm

          BTW, to the fella who said Kid Rock is a “shit musician”. He’s a fucking modern day Renaissance man in the music department. Guy can play literally any instrument effectively, can rap better than 99% of who’s on the radio these past 10 years, and actually has a solid southern fried singing voice. He’s spent more time dabbling in various forms of music than any band that gets covered on this site that didn’t start before Pantera.

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        • BlueBalls     May 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm

          Kid Rock fans are just barely a step above Juggalos in the social hierarchy.

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        • SpinSwimScream     May 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm

          Just because Kid Cock can play a lot of instruments does not mean that he is good at it. About 5 or 6 years ago a friend of mine’s mom had a bunch of tickets to go see him in Cleveland, and she even had a limo set-up to pick everyone up to go. My friend ended up going and talked me into going along too. Getting wasted in the limo on the way there and back was the only good thing about the night. In fact, I wish that I would’ve blacked out on the way there. This isn’t to say that Kid Rock was bad live. I just completely HATE everything he stands for. His image. His tendency to rip off other artists. Mostly, I hate his fucking music with a burning passion. He is a white trash wigger to start his career, and now he is a real southern man… What the fuck, man? He’s a chameleon. As for seeing him live, they played everything flawlessly, but that’s not a hard task to take on any instrument. Mr. Kid Cock himself played some guitar and even drums. He played his songs decently, but once again it’s not hard to do. His music is at the same level as the tunes everyone learns as a beginner. I am sure that any of my fellow musicians can understand this. Kid Rock’s playing ability aside, what he chooses to play is garbage anyways, so who really gives a fuck. This is a thread about The Dillinger Escape Plan, a seriously talented metal/jazz/math-metal band… Whether you enjoy their music or not, I can assure you that Kid Cock can’t play anything on the new DEP album.

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        • SpinSwimScream     May 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm

          Hey Gordy, you’re right and wrong. Kid Rock rips both Zevon and Skynyrd with the same tune. Him ripping off Skynyrd wasn’t really my point either. If you really want to be Mr. Technical, then Kid Rock has ripped off a lot more than just those two. Though it’s not all that important, thanks for trying to get the facts straight. I even got the link for you, you die hard Kid Rock fan, you…

          http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Summer_Long_(Kid_Rock_song)

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        • adamonfire     May 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

          And that song is awesome to listen while relaxing out on the water, instead of being a br00tal d00d. Another artist he’s ripped off is Metallica with Sad But True – this is not new information. It’s a good thing you guys don’t listen to hip hop, because I think your heads would explode in anger.

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        • SpinSwimScream     May 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm

          I’ve always listened to hip-hop, not rap though. Just like it is with metal, mainstream hip-hop blows too. I’d say a good 9 out of 10 times, the radio does a great job of making my head explode.

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      • Come on, you guys must realize by now that adam has a ‘unique’ taste in music and, quite often, an (unpopular) opinion. He’s been banging on about hating DEP for years. ;-)

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      • Miss Machine! It’s their most accessible, at least. I think it’s their best, though Ire Works and Option Paralysis are both awesome, as well. Calculating Infinity is just bonkers.

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      • about_blank     May 2, 2013 at 7:48 pm

        I’d start with the more straight-forward songs like “Sunshine The Werewolf” , “43% Burnt” , “Milk Lizard” , “Dead as History”, “Farewell Mona Lisa”, or “Chinese Whispers”. If you don’t like any of these jayums, then this band is not for you. Check em out before you delve into the obscure stuff. Kudos to you for wanting to check them out though!

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    • jampola     May 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      tl;dr (I will later, I promise!) but is this just Dillinger by numbers or will an old DEP fan really dig this? I liked Option Paralysis but it just sounded like more of the same and I couldn’t really get into it.

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      • dagger666     May 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        I’m hoping for something a little fresher. OP had a few fine moments but was a little hard to get into in parts, where as Ire Works was awesome and MM is obviously brilliant. It’s in my top5 albums of all-time

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    • I remember the first time I heard Panasonic Youth, me and a buddy were driving in his car and he just throws it on. I was just fucking blown away, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS PIECE OF AWESOME. Amazing band, seem them live too many times to count, as much as Greg bitches on twatter hes a super humble dude and approachable at shows.

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    • Livedefflo     May 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

      I never really gave DEP a chance. Never really sat down to listen to much by them. I may try this new album out and see how I like it though. I know the singer I don’t care for too much. Seems like a whiner or… weiner.

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    • Tortilla Man     May 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Listened to all of their work within the last couple days for the first time. I am definitely a fan of Option Paralysis and Ire Works. The best way for me to process everything is to compare it to music I already like so the only bands I can think of are Every time I die, Meshuggah and The Mars Volta. The singing of Volta with time signatures of Meshuggah and the whole thing is flavored with ETID. Cheers!

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        • That made me lol hard, kturl.

          Tortilla Man, look up face/heel in regards to wrestling. Also, glad to see you got a hang of replying directly to others’ posts.

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        • Tortilla Man     May 16, 2013 at 11:20 pm

          Still confused… looked it up, said something about “baby face, hero, champion, crowd favorite” not sure if any of the that is what kturl69′s going for. All I know is that I spent the he first 25 years trying to find new metal bands from close friends and my own curiosity. I appreciate being able to get other’s take on good music. There’s also no pressure to have to enjoy recommendations like you might from a good friend. Now after saying all this I feel like there should be a form for user’s top ten albums of the year/bands of the year.

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    • BlueBalls     May 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      DEP were on top of their game tonight. So fucking good. Fuck what anyone says, there aren’t many bands that can do what they do.

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    • Realm Of Metal has posted it. Upon first listen it’s pretty rad. Didn’t dig on OP all that much but liking how this sounds compared to the last one.

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      • BlueBalls     May 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

        I like OP quite a it but probably less than the other albums. I’m excited. Headed there now.

        Ugh, 192kbps. Fuck it. I’ve been waiting forever and I don’t have the patience for a higher quality version. I was hoping for some new shit the other night but they only played Prancer and When I Lost My Bet, which only made me itch for this album even worse.

        Thanks for the tip man.

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    • Wasteitagain     May 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

      I don’t dislike this album, but it just seems like a further rehash of everything they’ve ever done. I’m almost certain I wouldn’t feel this way if Weinman would just switch up his tunings every once in a while.

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    • GordonLightfootLoverXEX     May 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Saw Dillinger live for the first time Wednesday.I still think Greg is a prick and some of their music is still hit or miss on a song by song trial but goddammit that was one hell of a fucking show.

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      • Relentless_Beating     May 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        This album is absolutely insane. But the pinnacle is “One of Us is the Killer”. That is the most well crafted Dillinger song I have heard since “Phone Home”.

        This band just doesn’t quit, and I was all scared due to some of the interviews Greg gave about a change in sound. That tricky bastard almost got me.

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    • SpinSwimScream     May 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

      I’ve probably listened to this album 20+ times now, so I guess I’ll give my two cents… I love this album. Musically, this is one of those albums (like a BTBAM album) that continues to grow on you with each listen. These guys have always played well together, but I feel like they’ve grown a lot with the last two albums. Don’t take me the wrong way, because I’ll always love ‘Miss Machine.’ With this album, there are times where they are so busy that you won’t catch certain things until you’ve given it a few more listens. I still like ‘Option Paralysis’ more than this album, and I really think that some of you need to give it a few more listens. It’s not just noise. These guys are really talented musicians. I’m not saying things have to be technical to be musically sound. That’s actually where you’ll find the beauty in their last two albums. The tempo changes and mood changes make this and the last album very cinematic at times. This gives the listener a much more enjoyable listen all the way through the album. I know a good amount of you probably think Jazz is boring and/or just don’t understand it, but I can assure you that these guys know what they’re doing in that specific genre. You can tell when you hear it that these guys don’t just sit around and try to write ‘brutal’ riffs. Their knowledge of music theory is obvious in their songwriting.

      I like where Wook says this about the album… “The first impression may be a standardized diagnosis of their usual schizophrenia as caustic aggression and conflicted harmonies are the main ingredients. But it’s in the impassioned nods to other genres and the nuanced overdubs and keys and the like that the bands evolution is fully displayed.”

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    • Tortilla Man     May 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      When I started on this thread, I had never heard a D.E.P. song and now I have bought 4 of their CD’s. I’m not gonna lie, I like their newer stuff more than the old stuff, but I really enjoy Greg’s singing voice! While I would like to think I listen to a great variety of music, this is probably because I don’t really associate with people that share my musical taste. Another good question: anyone know a great reliable used CD website that has cheap prices and high quality CD’s? I’ve been using a website called secondspin.com for the last 2 years and I am kinda curious if there is anything better out there. I end up getting my CD’s for about $5.50/disc after shipping. Never had a problem with the quality of the discs, but have had 2 minor mistakes out of the 100+ CD’s I’ve purchased from them in the last 2 years.

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    • southpawchew     June 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      This album fucking rocks. I don’t know why just may be the timing f the release but fuck its kicking my ass now! Greg is an awesome singer and a great front man except for the occasional narcissistic twitter outbursts. This probably takes syl’s title of heavest band!

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