I had an eye on Dillinger, ever since they released the chaotic metal meets hardcore meets punk meets experimental jazz of “Calculating Infinity”, difficult to ear at first (much like Meshuggah) after a while you start to see the underlying structure and all the little nuances you can always find in these kind of music, “Calculating Infinity” wasn’t without flaws, it had a kind of abrasive void about it, even in all the chaos it was still punk/hardcore and it had all the bad and good things punk and hardcore have, rough and aggressive songs, one dimension vocals, it goes on and on, well “Miss Machine” is here, so let’s have a look see.
First track and first single “Panasonic Youth” you get almost a “stop go” like riffing, that give pass to a mellow passage, to a almost hardcore breakbeat, then another short passage, to a metal meets hardcore finish, this is all intermingled with random riffing and drumming, i won’t try to “analise” more musics, because they are so diverse and sprawl so many genres it’s difficult to pinpoint “what is what”, so i’ll just give highlights, and you’ll decide for yourselves.
Next up is “Sunshine The Werewolf” as all the makings of “Panasonic Youth”, although at the same time it’s completely different, the seeming chaotic approach just gets friendlier with every passing moment, common jazz like smoothing passages to highlight the more hardcore/punk chaotic riffing, so i check the rest of the album and you have more industrial metal variations on “Highway Robbery”, “Unretrofied” and the toned down “Phone Home”, to more chaos hardcore from “Van Damsel” and “The Perfect Design”, and of course you have the more calm or as i like to say “contained chaos with calm passages so we can make a video for mtv” tracks, like “Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants” or maybe “Baby’s First Coffin”.
So is “Miss Machine” any good? Well i think so, even though all tracks on “Calculating Infinity” were unique and the same thing happens here, i like to think that this case of music you should always try to branch out as far as you can, anything less would be to limiting, and it seems Dillinger did that and some more, sure there are some tracks that could have been “zapped” with a little more juice, but hey you can’t drink orange juice all day long, or can’t you?
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Panasonic Youth