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At first glance, Option Paralysis (2010) seems like a highly inappropriate title to describe the constantly evolving output of The Dillinger Escape Plan. But once you're faced with the cumulative power and vision of guitarist Ben Weinman, vocalist Greg Puciato, bassist Liam Wilson, guitarist Jeff Tuttle and drummer Billy Rymer, you'll wonder-right after you pick yourself up off the floor - why more bands don't achieve similar force-of-nature status.
"The title Option Paralysis represents being in a situation where you have so many choices you can't decide, and end up being frozen," says founding member Weinman about the mindset permeating the band's fourth full-length album. "Back in the early days when I started to discover music, go to shows and find out about new bands, there were ‘filters' from various circumstances – geography, economic status, etc – which deeply affected how a band sounded and what they stood for."
Produced by Steve Evetts, Dillinger's music is positively abundant with possibilities. New drummer Billy Rymer began to occupy the engine room that powers the band here. Frontman, Puciato has always had a knack with a bellow that could make reciting a grocery list seem like an exhortation to open the mouth of Hell. But feeling some of the lyrics on Option Paralysis, you can't positively determine if the singer is handing down indictments ("Farewell, Mona Lisa") or feeling emotionally wounded.
"This record is concept driven but there is still a very emotional and personal aspect to his lyrics," explains Weinman. "He's going through transitional stages in his life right now." Nothing so eloquently supports that statement than the six and-a-half-minute "Widower," where the band are joined by veteran David Bowie keyboardist Mike Garson for an aural excursion that incorporates piano-trio jazz, tender balladry and anthemic power.
While there's no shortage of DEP plasma-balls on Option Paralysis ("Room Full Of Eyes," "Good Neighbor"), the band keep things fresh with the math-rock/free-jazz convergence of "I Wouldn't If You Didn't," the electro-tweaked "Chinese Whispers" and the closing "Parasitic Twins." The latter track sports lead vocals courtesy of guitarist Tuttle, as well as Beach Boys-styled harmonies and a major-key Weinman solo that's more Clapton (ca. Derek And The Dominos) than calculus crush. Clearly, this is not your older brother's Dillinger Escape Plan.