Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us is the Killer Album Review

“The world’s most dangerous band,” The Dillinger Escape Plan is back! Throwing down an insane new album, One of Us is the Killer, due May 14th on Sumerian Records. This album finds the band, rounded out by long time bassist Liam Wilson and drummer Billy Rymer in true form. This is possibly their fiercest, most progressive and pioneering work yet. Whereas previous releases may have seemed forced or over produced, One of Us is the Killer oozes with renewed creativity.

One of Us is the Killer

Balancing the forces of grindcore and avant-garde progressive metal One of Us is a disc that doesn’t just require, rather deserves at least two consecutive listens without interruption. Dillinger has always been respected for their unusual jazz influenced drum lines, which for the most part, lay down a unique foundation for such a heavy band.

In this album’s case, those rhythms are more closely mirrored by the entire band. Probably the most interesting aspect of Dillinger Escape Plan nowadays is exactly that – cohesion. There’s no room for error in these complex arrangements and every track on One of Us is the Killer bleeds tightness.

Some stand out tracks include ‘Nothing’s Funny,’ ‘Magic that I Held You Prisoner,’ and ‘Hero of the Soviet Union,’ but my personal favorite is their most aberrant work yet – the title track ‘One of Us is the Killer.’ What’s so impressive about this track? Damn near everything. It’s huge leap into uncharted territory. First off, it’s a very low-key track for Dillinger. Greg Puciato’s vocals throughout both sublime verses are a huge falsetto surprise reminiscent of The Mars Volta, but the chorus hits you like crowbar to the face. The second chorus is really where the song bangs heads with a scream that would make Tool’s Maynard James Keenan blush and thundering rhythms that carry maybe the only even signature on the whole record.

If you’re already a Dillinger fan, or you’re into bands such as Mastodon and the like, save the date: May 14th. Party Smasher Inc imprint. Sumerian Records. Get it.

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