Thrash Hits

January 7th, 2010

2010 Album Preview: Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis

Dillinger Escape Plan
Option Paralysis
Party Smasher / Season of Mist
22 March 2010

What they’re saying
Speaking to Dan Carter on the Radio 1 Rock Show, DEP guitarist Ben Weinman has discussed one of the two guest musicians Dillinger Escape Plan have invited to feature on Option Paralysis:

Michael Garson who’s an amazing piano player. He’s played with everyone from David Bowie to Nine Inch Nails. He’s done a lot of avant garde jazz stuff…his career spans such a wide period of time that after talking to him, discussing music with him and the convenience of him being in the area where we were recording, we thought it’d be great to collaborate. And it really gave us the inspiration to know we can do this as long as we want to. This guy is like in his late 60s, but he’s still sitting down with a bunch of guys like [Dillinger Escape Plan] and really enjoying playing music.”

As for the album itself, the band have been giving it some pretty heavy talking-up on their MySpace blog:

“We’re about to unleash what we and a lot of close longtime critical eared friends around us all feel is our best album to date, and we’re all healthy and playing furious shows lately, so lets embrace it all while it’s here ’cause given our track record who the hell knows how fast and how long we can keep the train runnin’ this time. Lets all kick ass and make 2010 the best it can be and try to start strong, and finish even stronger than we began it. We’re ready to do our part.”

Watch Dillinger Escape Plan recording Option Paralysis

Thrash Hits verdict
So far, the only track we’ve heard from Option Paralysis is the opener, ‘Farewell, Mona Lisa’ on the aforementioned Radio 1 Rock Show. And it’s a fucking monster. But if we’ve learnt anything from being DEP fans, it’s that you can’t judge an album from a single song. We’re intrigued as to who the second as-yet-unrevealed guest musician on the album is – like Michael Garson, the band have promised that the musician come from a completely different world to DEP. It’s rare that a album comes along that is both so anticipated yet shrouded in such mystery. It’s a veritable audio prick-tease, and gosh double-darn it if we’re not  starting to like it like that.

Of course, what we’re really looking forward to is hearing some new material when the band plays at the tiny Camden Barfly next month. In anticipation, we’ve already gone and programmed 999 into every single one of the speed-dials on our phones – when we crawl out of that poxy-small upstairs room the Barfly calls a venue on February 12, we’ll want to be receiving medical attention for all the bones we’ve broken in the mosh pit as soon as fucking possible.

Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis tracklisting
Farewell, Mona Lisa
Good Neighbor
Gold Teeth On A Bum
Crystal Morning
Endless Endings
Room Full Of Eyes
Chinese Whispers
I Wouldn’t If You Didn’t
Parasitic Twins