There's something inherently masochistic about listening to something like THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. I'm not quite sure what the appeal to this band is, as this is some truly difficult music to listen to and could easily just be passed off as pointless noise with screaming over it, but the fact is, that it's not. For all their savagery and ferociousness, DEP could play circles around so many of the Technical Death Metal bands out there today and despite their GAP like image, they're more Metal than a room full of nails and bolts.
Each song showcases a dizzying display of technical prowess and the music gets down right insane, to the point where you may feel that the music has stopped and you yourself have become schizophrenic. At times, I have to try to clear my head, come back to reality and think, "what the hell am I listening to?" DEP is probably a release that, regardless of how much you'll like it, you'll probably struggle with for a period of time. But don't worry; all your hard work will be paid off.
The two elements found in basically every DEP song that make it such a difficult listen are probably the fact that the tempo changes constantly, making it impossible for your mind to settle and the high pitched guitar tone. If you can get past those two things though, then you're all set to enjoy the soundtrack to an insane asylum.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are careful not to bombard the listener with close to 40 minutes of pure insanity, however and do allow for some breathing room every once and while in the form of some calmer bridge type songs consisting mostly of samples, such as the title track, or "Weekend Sex Change".
So basically, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN is like being tied up and having your rear end whipped til it's nice and red. Perplexing, but oh so enjoyable. Uh…wait a second… (Online January 21, 2004)