Review - Miss Machine

Artist: The Dillinger Escape Plan

For a band that has only one full-length effort under its belt (1999's Calculating Infinity), The Dillinger Escape Plan has made quite a lot of noise – both figuratively and literally. On Miss Machine, with new vocalist Greg Puciato in tow, DEP unveils more of the same mathematical madness, with spontaneous time changes, noisecore aggression, jazz-influenced movements and intricacies akin to a lumberyard saw blade slicing through a human torso – gory, yet precise. The band also steers toward more conventional songwriting (a surprising move, given its penchant for anything but) on "Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants" and "Unretrofied," and lunges into a NIN-akin "Phone Home" in which one swears Trent Reznor is somewhere in the fold. Still, there's plenty of room for the unorthodox musical assault for which DEP is known and sometimes mimicked.

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