The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer (2013)
The Dillinger Escape Plan are an experimental metal/mathcore band from New Jersey. I haven’t really been keeping up with DEP releases beyond their first few. After a pretty awesome EP, Under The Running Board (1998), and a fantastic debut, Calculating Infinity (1999), vocalist Dimitri Minakakis left to focus on his graphic design, the band recorded one of the most incredible EPs that I have ever heard, Irony Is A Dead Scene (2002) with Mike Patton taking vocal duties, while the band searched for a new vocalist, eventually finding fan, Greg Puciato. At the time, I had a little listen to Miss Machine (2004) but DEP just fell off my radar.
The thing with DEP is that they are INTENSE, really really intense, and I find listening to them to be draining. Most of the time in a good way, but draining none-the-less, and even though I enjoy listening to them.
Fast forward 7 years and 3 albums and here we are with One Of Us Is The Killer.
As soon as you start listening, you hear a familiar high-pitched guitar staccato that informs you that you are in for a hell of a journey. And the schizophrenic, staccato, belligerent assault doesn’t really let up for 40 minutes, aside from the occasional quiet section (which, let’s be honest, is only there to make the intense sections sound even more intense). Title track, One Of Us Is The Killer, is a more traditional rock song, but don’t let it lure you into a false sense of security. In Paranoia Shields, DEP have somehow managed to sound like Tomahawk. In places, there are hints of some of the nu-metal cliches that I would say DEP are almost the antithesis of, but as with everything in this fast moving style, these are quickly passed, as if held up only to be beaten down.
And it is good but, as expected, draining. By mixing in an element of schizophrenic dynamic changes, one can make music more intense than through brutally fast or heavy music alone. DEP are masters of this schizophrenic energy and they manage to bombard you with their music without it ever becoming stale or repetitive. I like intense music, but DEP are a band I have to take in small sessions; in many ways, I think that is a good thing.
Favourite tracks: One Of Us Is The Killer, Nothing’s Funny, Paranoia Shields
Spotify link: The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us Is the Killer