One Of Us Is the Streamer: Listen to the New Dillinger Escape Plan Album in Full
I was having a conversation the other day with some buds about the new Dillinger Escape Plan album One Of Us Is The Killer, specifically which of the songs we’d heard so far we liked best. In one camp were those who prefer the classic Dillinger skronky insanity, and in the other were those who like Dillinger’s more melodic new tunes best (including those on the past two albums). I fall into the latter category: I like the batshit crazy Dillinger stuff just fine, but the gig has grown tiresome after a decade and it’s hard to imagine the dudes in the band (or I guess just Ben Weinman) don’t think the same but feel forced into writing that kind of stuff because they’re The Dillinger Escape Plan. It’s much more interesting to me to see how the band chooses to expand their repertoire and challenge themselves while still retaining some core element of whatever it is that makes their sound Dillingerian. I also love Greg Puciato’s singing voice and have no complaints about him utilizing it more and more.
One Of Us Is The Killer is incredibly successful in that regard. The album sees Dillinger expanding creatively in every which way while still sounding — without any shadow of a doubt — like The Dillinger Fucking Escape Plan. The album exhibits their best songwriting to date and might be their best and most complete in the post-Miss Machine era.
Which camp do you fall into? Listen to One Of Us Is The Killer at Pitchfork then come back here and tell us.