Artist: "The Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton"
Album: "Irony Is A Dead Scene"
Genre: Miscellaneous
Label: Epitaph

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 6/10/2008

Review: I was never a fan of The Dillinger Escape Plan, but that all changed when they released this amazing EP. Why is it amazing? Because Mike "the best vocalist on the planet" Patton handles all the vocals on it instead of Dimitri Minakakis or Greg Puciato. Patton's manic performance style is an absolutely perfect way to compliment the ultra-chaotic musicianship of the band.

It's only a four-song EP, but those four songs go a long way. "Hollywood Squares" and "Pig Latin" are both great tracks with a plethora of time changes as you would expect from the band. Teetering between jazzy and all-out thrash, these songs will not disappoint. For me, however, it's all about one track - "When Good Dogs Do Bad Things". This is pretty much as perfect as a song can get. It starts off as a blistering metal track while Patton shouts over it like a mad dictator, then it slows down to one of the greatest melodic parts I've ever heard in a song. The lyrics are stellar as well - "Around these parts a fly can live--- a fly can live a thousand years, but a man cannot die soon enough, true enough." Fans of Aphex Twin will also surely get a kick out of their "Come To Daddy" cover too.

They may have very different musical backgrounds, but Mike Patton and DEP sound great when put together. In the end, I'm left with a feeling of, "Oh what could have been..." Patton will continue to do his thing and DEP will do theirs, but I really wish they would get back together and record at least one full-length album. But wishing for that is like wishing for a Faith No More reunion... it's just not gonna happen, so we might as well enjoy the music they left behind.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Jun 10th, 2008, 03:18 PM
Omgzzzz first!11onenene. As if anyone cares.

ANYHOW, I love Mike Patton so I will have to check this out.
Jun 10th, 2008, 07:33 PM
Its the only DEP release worth listening to, thanks to Patton of course.
Scruffy drunken Brit
Jun 11th, 2008, 05:29 AM
In all honesty this is the only DEP release I like. And yeah, only for Patton's contributions, hahahaha.
Also, I know quite a lot of Afx fans who hate the Come to Daddy cover, the cocks!

I need to go home and listen to some Fantomas pretty damned quick.
Forum Virgin
Jun 11th, 2008, 11:01 AM
Great ep. I'm still blown away by some of the stuff they do on it. I'm with you on the "When Good Dogs Do Bad Things" comments too. That melodic part is so good.
Forum Virgin
Jun 12th, 2008, 04:11 AM
Great EP is right and all of course because of the God that is "Mike Patton". Are you going to do a Mr.Bungle review RoG as you are obviously a Patton Fan.
Forum Virgin
Apr 15th, 2009, 03:37 PM
oh but sir, faith no more is doing a reunion tour. and considering doing a new album. check out their shiny new website: