I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Dillinger Escape Plan - The Dillinger Escape Plan [1997]

An oddly sedate intro track leading into more of what I expected from TDEP. "I Love Secret Agents" is quirky with odd chords and what I like to call "noise riffing". "Monticello" is a bit more groove-oriented with a catchier premise. "Cleopatra's Sling" returns to the chaotic style and mad timing. The people that are calling this album "mathcore" are clearly clueless; I would say either Post Hardcore or Experimental Hardcore. Excellent use of dynamics on "Caffeine". The stuff isn't all that catchy, but if it's chaos I'm after with a hint of groove and some experimentation, I should look nowhere else. Bonus points for completely ignoring the trends.

Rating: 7.25


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