“Farewell, Mona Lisa”
Now departed from Relapse Records, tech-core riff masters The Dillinger Escape Plan have continued to perfect the sound that has evolved since the exit of original singer Dimitri Minakakis (after Calculating Infinity) and original drummer Chris Pennie (after Miss Machine).
“Farewell, Mona Lisa,” the opener of Option Paralysis, is an epic jam that combines most of the band’s crucial elements — molten rhythms, jaw-shattering power chords, and harmonic choruses. After another half hour of assaulting riffs and chaos, Option Paralysis then closes with one of the band’s best songs, “Parasitic Twins,” which makes use of a piano-pop bridge and a hot-blooded rock-and-roll outro. Whether or not this vies to be the band’s best album, The Dillinger Escape Plan proves again that it is utterly peerless.