Artist: "The Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton"
Album: "Irony Is A Dead Scene"
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.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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