AbsolutePunk.net
   Username
Password
 
Album Review
Hint: Follow a reviewer to be notified when they post reviews.
Dillinger Escape Plan, The - Irony is a Dead Scene Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 10
Musicianship 10
Lyrics 8.75
Production 10
Creativity 10
Lasting Value 7
Reviewer Tilt 9
Final Verdict: 93%
Member Ratings
Vocals 10
Musicianship 9.5
Lyrics 8.5
Production 9.5
Creativity 8
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8
Average: 88%

Dillinger Escape Plan, The - Irony is a Dead Scene

Reviewed by: TheOtherAndrew (05/31/08)
The Dillinger Escape Plan (with Mike Patton) - Irony is a Dead Scene
Record Label: Epitaph Records
Release Date: August 27, 2002


For those of you out of the loop, Mike Patton may be the most insanely talented vocalist in music. His works with Faith No More and Mr. Bungle have taken influences from styles as diverse as surfer pop and Italian avant-garde, and often placed them in the same stanza. Any project the man touches is sure to captivate listeners in one way or another, whether it is via awe or confusion. The sheer idea of a collaboration between Patton and The Dillinger Escape Plan, a band renowned for their unique blend of jazz and technical metal, is enough to conjure up images of some of the most vicious, unapologetically experimental music ever released.

Thankfully, Irony is a Dead Scene does not disappoint.

The EP comes in at just under 18 minutes, and offers the listener no time whatsoever to get acquainted with the unique style on it. The opening track, entitled "Hollywood Squares," explodes with the same power that all Dillinger Escape Plan albums begin with, but adding the surreal vocal stylings that Patton has become notorious for. The first minute of the song shows Patton transitioning from a haunting, menacing growl to a deafening shriek with seemingly no effort whatsoever. Similarly, "When Good Dogs Do Bad Things" has him serenading the listener in a disturbing falsetto voice during the middle section before displaying what is easily the most powerful, terrifying shriek ever put on record. Calling the vocals on this song "demonic" would be an understatement. Anyone who doubts Patton's talent will be silenced after hearing him deliver the words to "When Good Dogs Do Bad Things" in a voice that no other frontman could ever dream of imitating.

The instrumentals on the EP are sure to knock any music fan on his or her ass as well. As to be expected from The Dillinger Escape Plan, the time signature shifts and unreal guitar patterns on Irony is a Dead Scene are unmatched by any band in hardcore or any other genre. Even when the band isn't managing to be particularly technical, such as on "Pig Latin" or the bridge of "Hollywood Squares," they present an extremely smooth, coherent sound pleasing to the ears. Whether this smoothness is acting as a contrast to more aggressive sections of the music or just in there for its own sake, it certainly shows a diversity present in the band that it would expand on with the release of 2004's Miss Machine.

While current Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato is extremely talented in his own right, neither he nor any other frontman can compare to Mike Patton, and this EP shows why. The vocals delivered on Irony is a Dead Scene are nothing short of perfect. The only downside to this collaboration is that it didn't last beyond a single brief release. Still, this EP will surely go down as a career highlight for both artists, and a model of experimental music for many years to come.

Recommended if You LikeMr. Bungle, Converge, insanity in audio form

myspace.com/dillingerescapeplan
myspace.com/pattonmike
 
Displaying posts 1 - 10 of 10
03:42 PM on 06/09/08
#2
xglassjawx
Sergio Georgini
Offline
User Info.
xglassjawx's Avatar
This EP is such a classic!
08:36 PM on 06/10/08
#3
Adam Pfleider
wait. what were we talking about?
Offline
User Info.
Adam Pfleider's Avatar
Awesome review. It's disappointing that it didn't last past this release, but its an archive of two great artist coming together.
09:37 PM on 06/10/08
#4
doritoz
NICER DICER
Offline
User Info.
doritoz's Avatar
Nicer Dicer
04:55 AM on 06/11/08
#5
newfoundmichael
@SirDaveyBoy
Offline
User Info.
newfoundmichael's Avatar
Patton + Dillinger = the best thing DEP has released yet.
08:30 AM on 06/11/08
#6
TheOtherAndrew
I like talking to things
Offline
User Info.
TheOtherAndrew's Avatar
Awesome review. It's disappointing that it didn't last past this release, but its an archive of two great artist coming together.
Thank ya, and I agree. It'd be great to see maybe another one off between them, even if its just for one track on the next Dillinger record.
This EP is such a classic!
Patton + Dillinger = the best thing DEP has released yet.
Agreed on both counts.
haha, I guess that's a compliment? Thanks. :-D
09:50 AM on 06/11/08
#7
Alex DiVincenzo
www.alexislegend.com
Online
User Info.
Alex DiVincenzo's Avatar
I don't think it tops Calculating Infinity, but still a great release. Nice review.
07:55 PM on 06/28/08
#8
hailthewarrior
i can't shake this little feeling
Offline
User Info.
hailthewarrior's Avatar
Great review, enjoy this cd.
09:23 AM on 07/17/08
#9
neurosisxeno
Registered User
Offline
User Info.
neurosisxeno's Avatar
Great review, enjoy this cd.
The thing that really brings this album down is the haphazard cover of Aphex Twin's "Come To Daddy". The first 3 tracks are exceptional, but he fails to deliver on the 4th. It's still an outstanding EP, but I would say it's more deserving of about an 8/10.
02:13 PM on 07/23/08
TheOtherAndrew
I like talking to things
Offline
User Info.
TheOtherAndrew's Avatar
The thing that really brings this album down is the haphazard cover of Aphex Twin's "Come To Daddy". The first 3 tracks are exceptional, but he fails to deliver on the 4th. It's still an outstanding EP, but I would say it's more deserving of about an 8/10.
Its definitely the weakest track of the four, but I wouldn't say that it "fails to deliver." Its alright. The other three more than make up for it though.
Options
More From This Author

NEWS, MUSIC & MORE
Search News
Release Dates
Exclusives
Best New Music
Articles
CONNECT
Submit News
Forums
Contests
Mobile Version
AP.net Logos
HIDDEN TREASURES
AbsolutePunk Podcast
Free Music
Sports Forum
Technology Forum
Recommendations
INFORMATION
Advertising
Contact Us
Copyright Policy
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
FOLLOW
Twitter | Facebook | RSS
PropertyOfZack
PunkNews.org
UnderTheGun
Chorus.fm