DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE: One of Us Is the Killer: CD/LP

After fifteen years of being a band, one has to wonder if there is much of anywhere left for The Dillinger Escape Plan to go. Actually, I wondered about that a few years ago because it seemed like after Ire Works and Option Paralysis they had used up all their tricks: crazy free jazz-influenced metal, a few tracks of slightly Nine Inch Nails-influenced music, and/or slow songs where vocalist Greg Puciato actually sings. Sure, they were good, but by the time the band got to their second album it seemed they had done the equivalent of hit ten on the volume knob and had nowhere else to go. One of Us Is the Killer follows the script of the last few albums, showing the band treading their unique body of water (granted, that water probably has sharks in it) over the course of eleven songs in forty minutes. The band is still immensely talented and tight, but nothing jumps out at me and says they have reinvented themselves or have any intention to do so. The Dillinger Escape Plan are still masters of the sound that they helped develop, but that scene seems to not have proven itself to be of much importance without the ability to evolve.

 –kurt (Sumerian, sumerianrecords.com)