Optional Paralysis, the Dillinger Escape Plan's newest album, which hits stores March 23 (that's Tuesday), is shaping up to be the loudest and wildest of the band's now 13-year career. First single "Farewell, Mona Lisa" is a manic five-minute mash of screams and spaghetti-western riffs, and second leaked track "Chinese Whispers" follows suit like someone revving up a rusty, gas-fed chainsaw. It's starting to sound like 2004's revelation Miss Machine and the glitch-metal of 2007's Ire Works were just warm-ups to this new-model DEP. As always, the thriller here is lead singer Guy Puciato's elastic vocal chords and hellish howl, along with guitarist-programmer Ben Weinman's touches of ambient digital noise. After this spring's tour, the band jumps on the Vans Warped Tour for the duration of the summer.
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