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The Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works (LP)

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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)?

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

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Animals As Leaders – The Joy Of Motion (LP)

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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.
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