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Artist: The Dillinger Escape Plan
Album: Ire Works
Genre: Mathcore, Avant-Garde Metal, Progressive Metal, Experimental Metal
Release Date: Nobember 5, 2007

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This week’s selection comes recommended from TheEiffelPlower! Ire Works is the third album from the New Jersey mathcore pioneers, The Dillinger Escape Plan. For a long time, I avoided listening to The Dillinger Escape Plan because I thought they were weird and I found the music very inaccessible, but as I got into more complex, technical metal, I started to see the appeal of this band.

That being said, the tracks that really stood out to me on Ire Works, tended to be the more pulled back (compared to the rest of DEP’s music) songs that featured more clean vocals, such as “Black Bubblegum,” “Milk Lizard,” “Dead as History,” and “Mouth of Ghosts.” These tracks in particular are some of the longer ones compared to tracks like “Fix Your Face,” and “Lurch” which are a shorter, but more aggressive and chaotic. I feel like the band pulled off a good mix of the two styles. Ire Works also boasts two interesting instrumental tracks: “When Acting as a Particle” and “When Acting as a Wave.”

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If you’re a fan of complex, aggressive, in-your-face metal then I would highly recommend checking out Ire Works if you haven’t already. Take a listen below and let me know what you think!

Album of the Week brings you an album to listen to every week. Maybe a new release, maybe an old favorite. My tastes range from alt-rock to technical death metal and everything in between, but if there’s something else you want to hear, be sure to leave your suggestions! Check out last week’s album!

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