Ire Works review by The Dillinger Escape Plan

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  • Released: Nov 5, 2007
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (41 votes)
The Dillinger Escape Plan: Ire Works
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Sound — 7
The Dillinger Escape Plan are a very special band indeed. Progression is a big thing for the manic math-metallers, seeing as they covered the gap between insanely technical, electronic grindcore and open minded generic oddballism in just five years. "Ire Works" more or less picks up where 2004's "Miss Machine" left off. You have your heavy as hell face melters such as "Fix Your Face", "Lurch" and "Nong Eye Gong", atmospheric tracks such as "Mouth of Ghosts", and "When Acting as a Partical", and then your interestic numbers such as "Sick on Sunday" and "When Acting as a Wave" which remind you how good the band are at counting past four. The track that really surprised me was the third song "Black Bubblegum". The vocals here daringly sound like pop rock style melodies, with Greg Puciato's meaty vocals sound like something you'd hear on the morning chart shows on E4. The song itself is sort of like an even lighter "Unretrofied", from "Miss Machine". I favoured this song, nonetheless.

Lyrics — 9
Seeing as you have to have to break into the CD case itself to get the lyrics sheet, and Greg's yelling is nigh on indecipherable, I wouldn't expect the band to expect much credit for the lyrics themselves. Nevertheless, the lyrics are pure poetry, "Lurch" containing my favourite lines: "I don't know your name from my window/Do you lust for fame or forgiveness?/Well I'll give you everything you want", describing himself as a pervert, or a secret admirer of somebody, and are sung with angst, and torture. However chaotic the music may seem, the vocals are definitely in time with the instruments. Greg switches between hell-hot, flesh tearing screams to his sweety, innocent, yet tormented clean vocals, which demonstrate his inner pain, painting pictures of a tortured, twisted young soul. Ironically, Dimitri Minakakis, the band's old vocalist performs backing vocals on this album, more specifically opener "Fix Your Face". Mastodon's Brent Hinds also performs backing vocals on the pen-ultimate track "Horse Hunter."

Overall Impression — 8
When I ripped the songs onto my iTunes, I was disappointed to see many songs last under two minutes. But after listening, I realised that these were usually the instrumental and heavier tracks, and was thankful that they last as long as they do, otherwise my head would have imploded due to the constant barrage of insane velocity protruded by Ben Weinman's own two hands. Yes, he really is that fast. My favorites are probably "Black Bubblegum", "Milk Lizard", "Party Smasher", "Fix Your Face", and "When Acting as a Wave". The only two songs I have no time for are the fourth track "Sick on Sunday" and closer "Mouth of Ghosts", for the simple reason they lack feeling and momentum. Sure I would enjoy them if I was in a morose, sombre mood, but they come rarely to me so meh. I love the way the album is packaged, with a strange booklet showing mysterious block shapes in place of a lyrics booklet, and the lyrics sheet is oddly placed behind the CD. Also I was surprised how easy to comprehend the whole album is, through reading magazine reviews I was expecting to need to listen to each song about 10 times to figure out what was going on. But no, I could understand it, and after having the album just two days I know what happens and when and where. Not everything, but enough. That may be just me, but still, don't expect too much complexity from this album.

16 comments sorted by best / new / date

    carrotcake
    woo 1st comment!!! Is this album better then Miss Machine or CI, cause it doesn't sound like it, and I don't wanna waste my money on a crappy cd.....
    huevos
    this album is pure win. the pop style of Blackbubble Gum was disconcerting to me at first, but it has become one of my favorites. it gives me the chills. idk why, but its one of their most frightening songs ever.
    JRowe3388
    2nd Best CD I heard all year, Dethklok being first. >_> But seriously, its the ****ing win.
    SOUPerman432321
    everyone swears DEP is technical but there is a difference between technical and not knowing what a measure is
    MachineHeart
    SOUPerman432321 wrote: everyone swears DEP is technical but there is a difference between technical and not knowing what a measure is
    the thing is the go beyond measures. there are songs the have that do fit inot particular measures but the also make their own counts which shows more technicality because not only does the drummer have to remember the ridiculous count numbers, but so do the guitars, bass, and vocals... which all ,makes this band one of the most technical bands out there.
    Maggotkiller
    I personally love this album I just bought it today after reading reviews on it I went in to listening to this masterpiece w/ a different state of mind and personally i have nothing bad to say about this album except that it could be longer. Favorite songs: Fix your Face, 82588, Milk Lizzard, Black Bubblegum, Horse Hunter, and Dead as History
    Batrash
    A really like these guys, but compared to there other stuff I thought this album was total crap. Maybe the whole album isn't bad but don't buy the whole thing for sure.
    Mattylightning
    i love this band and it really was more or less a little easier for me to try and play a song by ear(I tried milk lizard ony to nail the main opening riff and rhythm line) but other than the riffs being less complex it was well written considering the band had to make like 3 member changes during the writing process. also going back to what MachineHeart said i agree in terms of what they mean by technical playing as a band altogether.
    jazzmetalguitar
    SOUPerman432321 wrote: everyone swears DEP is technical but there is a difference between technical and not knowing what a measure is
    what?! sugar coated sour starts in 9/8 alternating with several other odd 8 measures. just because something isn't in 4/4, 3/4, or 6/8 doesn't mean it isn't a measure. in fact, chris pennie, the old drummer has a drum clinic where each limb is following a different time to create polyrhythm like there were multiple percussionists. nahhhh not technical at all....
    nolanxxx
    carrotcake wrote: woo 1st comment!!! Is this album better then Miss Machine or CI, cause it doesn't sound like it, and I don't wanna waste my money on a crappy cd.....
    are you saying that Calculating Infinity was crap? It's an amazing album and much better than both the new ones...I do however like the new ones...just not as much