The Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works (LP)


The Dillinger Escape Plan is the pioneering group of an uncommon genre – mathcore. Mathcore combines the elements of math rock (uncommin time signatures, crazy rhythm sections) amd hardcore (lots of energy, screamed vocals). With a sound thats unlike anyone or anything else, TDEP makes for an exciting listen.

Ire Works is the 3rd LP from The Dillinger Escape Plan, and they have evolved their sound. It used to be all about “lets make the most insane complicated and rambunctious musoc we can while still sort of making sense”, and has now transformed into something much more mature.

The album starts off with the typical all instrument assault that TDEP is known for, but with slightly more melody. “Fix Your Face” and “Lurch” are prime examples of this. Then they throw a curveball at you. “Black Bumblegum” is one of my favorite songs off the album,  because it combines traditional TDEP sound with less complicated music. Finally, something the average human being can understand.

Right as soon as you think Dillinger has quited down, you get slapped in the face for 3 songs of screaming intensity in a row (don’t fret, they’re all under 2 minutes).

Then Milk Lizard.

Milk Lizard, the bands most successful song. Most likely ever. Combine crazy riffs, horn sections, insane lead work, pounding drums, instense vocals, catchy chorus,  and lyrics that make absolutely no sense, youll have Milk Lizard.

After the ear assault of Milk Lizard, the ablum finishes off nicely with another mellower track “Dead As History”, and “Mouth of Ghosts”.

The Dillinger Escape Plan has sustained for a long time, and I suspect they will for a lot longer. But they question remains, will they keep to their insanely conplicated roots (Lurch, Party Smasher, 82588), or will they mellow out and become something much different (Black Bubblegum,  Milk Lizard, Dead as History)?


(Ben Weinman [Lead Guitar, backing vocals]  James Love [rhythm guitar] Billy Rymer [drums] Liam Wilson [bass] Greg Puciato [vocals])


Animals As Leaders – The Joy Of Motion (LP)


With music that leaves you wondering how its physically possible to play, Animals As Leaders are a prog-metal group that is a leading force in the genre.

Lead guitarist and songwriter, Tosin Abasi, has a natural talent for superb guitar skills. He prefers to use 7 and 8 string guitar versus the traditional 6. Already an established artist, Abasi felt the need to go solo. It was only during his most recent and 3rd ablum, The Joy Of Motion,  that he gained commertial success.

The album opens with Kascade, a mind blowing track that Tosin really feels the needs to show off on. The tracks slowly mellow out, until they reach “Another Year”. Abasi fuses modern jazz with funky riffs to make an enjoyable 4 minute experience.

But before the album ends, it hits you right smack in the face with “The Woven Web”. This track isnt just technically impressive, its unbelievably beautiful. And around halfway through, it breaks down into a metal inspired riff.

Tobin really shows that with skill and alot of patience, you can create a piece of art without speaking a single word. I really believe prog-metal is going places, and I hope to see a rise in popularity very soon.

Royal Tailor – Royal Tailor (LP)


CCM (Christian Contemporary Music) has been assigned a bad rep lately. And I can see why. During its early stages, it had recieved alot of success in the Billboards. But after a decade of the same amient rock-pop, this genre has become stale.

This is the reason I love Royal Tailor.

Using memorable hooks and top notch production,  these 4 musicians make for a great band. Lead vocalist Tauren Wells gives us powerful and up front vocal packed with Christ centered lyrics. Lead guitarist DJ Cox breaks away from the ambient U-2 sounding licks to combine pop chords and funk riffage together. Blake Hubbard gives strong backing bass, and Jarrod Ingram has a forceful presence on drums.


(DJ Cox, Tauren Wells, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram)

The album starts off with the energetic track “Got That Fire”. Tauren raps for the first 20 seconds before an 80’s style piano riff pops in, along with blasting drums and DJ’s gritty guitar.

Another memorable track is mid way through the album,  “Ready, Set, Go (feat. Capital Kings)”. This track is more pop influenced, partially due to the collaboration with Capital Kings (a CCM dance duo.) With a catchy, make-you-wanna-dance chorus, this song makes you look at Christian music in a whole new manner.

While they may not be transforming CCM, I do feel that bands like Royal Tailor show people that Christian music can be fun to listen to, and worship along with.

Jungle – Busy Earnin’ (Single)


If you haven’t heard of Jungle already, I highly recommend giving them a listen. With a combanation of bass guitar-infused pop-funk, these 2 musicians make for an interesting duo.

While their real names are unknown to the rest of the world, their alias’s are J and T. They are both multi-instrumentalists and vocalists. Although they did just release a self titled debut, I feel that this is one of the best track to start your journey through the Jungle.


(Jungle’s alternate cover art for Busy Earnin’)


Hello, my name is Jack Livingstone. I am 14 years old, and live in Yorktown, Virginia. I throughly enjoy playing and listening to music, no matter the genre. From dark ambient to mathcore, I love all of it. I hope to share 1 new genre a week and review 1 single/ep/lp a day. Keep in mind that these are my opinions,  and I know not everyone is going to agree. But I hope we can have some fun here.