Miss Machine - The Dillinger Escape Plan
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  • Summary: The inventive but challenging hardcore outfit returns with their first full-length studio recording since 1999's 'Calculating Infinity.'
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  1. It's the (insert made-up genre here, including the word 'progressive' and/or suffix '-core') album of the year.
  2. After five years, the band has lost nothing, only gained.
  3. Giant mutant rats are running about the place with gasmasks and guns. Their eyeballs are electric red, firing lightning bolts of acid, spit and shit and blowing up the place and the furniture.
  4. Rage, speed, and math are still here; but there’s a cinematic scope and a real attention to mood and texture that’s new.
  5. Miss Machine simply crackles with stress; not stress over homework or girlfriends, but the kind of stress a bunch of semis put on a bridge.
  6. As intelligent as it is ferocious. [31 Jul 2004, p.40]
  7. The last 10 or so minutes of the CD veer between bursts of riff noise more smoothly recorded than expected and washes of music to watch soft porn by, indicating the charm of being proudly abrasive and busy is wearing off.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jul 15, 2013
    I was hesitant, at the time, to give Miss Machine the credit I knew it deserved. Between Calculating Infinity and the supremely satisfying Irony Is A Dead Scene EP and the magic Mike Patton brought to the fold, the new direction and stripped down nature of Miss Machine felt like a slap in the face. Over time and a series of albums that push the envelope further from where they began, however, I'm more comfortable with the idea that this record deserves to be heard. Even when compared to some of their more recent efforts, it truly does shine, especially along its superior first half. Tracks like "Panasonic Youth", "Sunshine the Werewolf" and its powerful industrial climax, and the twisted electric vibes of "Phone Home" help sell the new DEP with aplomb. I still miss the original machine, but Miss Machine at least is a competent move in another direction, with some truly fantastic moments within. Expand

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