I suppose most people would pick 2004's Miss Machine, not only The Dillinger Escape Plan's first album with vocalist Greg Piciaitaoaiiociaoaitato but also the first album where they stepped away from the hysterical and ultimately quite boring and tiring mathematical hijinx they explored with previous singer Dimitri Minakakis. It was simply a musical dead end they had to get out of sooner or later. Luckily for all of us, they chose sooner.
Minakakis actually makes a guest appearance on this album. Brent Hinds from Mastodon also sings a bit on one track. But anywho:
Whilst Miss Machine is an excellent record, I prefer this one where they took yet another step towards something a little bit different. Spastic mathcore/mathmetal/mathwhatever freakouts like Fix Your Face, Lurch and Nong Eye Gong are still prevalent but the majority of the thirteen tracks are of a more experimental, progressive nature. And those are the ones I tend to gravitate towards. I can't resist neither the electronic elements nor Greg Picioaititoto's falsetto crooning previously exhibited on their Justin Timberlake cover Like I Love You off the Plagarism EP.
Instead of time signatures that make no sense to anyone and shrilling screams at random we get jazzy shit, some Faith No More-eqsue shit and some Nine Inch Nails-ish shit. Just like on Miss Machine in other words, but in my omnipotent opinion done even better. I named this album the 5th best of 2007 for a reason.
First single Milk Lizard had more than one fan turn their nose up at the horn section and its offensive non-mathcoreishness, but I can't get enough of it. A fucking great song. The album closer Mouth Of Ghosts might just be the band's all-time best song for a number of reasons.
A special mention goes out to drummer Gil Sharone, definitely my favorite of the three drummers they've had so far. Those who swing by the nuts of Chris Pennie can kindly step off a cliff and break the fall with their ass. The same goes for those who won't shut up about Calculating Infinity. That was eleven years ago, get over it. Losers.
Enough babbling - download the damn songs, hear how damn good they are and then buy the damn album. You realise it's possible to actually pay musicians for the music they provide, don't you? You kids today... Not everything is free and available whenever you fucking feel like it, you know.
Buy it @ Amazon.com.