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After Miss Machine, Dillinger Escape Plan fans were divided. Many of the folks who were attached to the screaming mathematical metal of Calculating Infinity bailed on the band, disapproving of the experimental musical direction and the meathead appearance of new singer/screamer Greg Puciato. Open-minded listeners were excited about the progressive journey they were taking and many critics hailed the group as a true innovator of metalcore. Ire Works succeeds in many of the same ways that their previous album did, while branching out creatively. They continue to toy with technical metal, blistering hardcore, jazz breaks, and post-punk, but here they evolve again by adding more twists and turns with additional electronic elements. While the merging of too many styles in hardcore can make for a convoluted result (see Avenged Sevenfold's self-titled release), the added instruments and genre changeups enhance the result rather than acting as ornamental distractions. Edgy Aphex Twin-style drill'n'bass drum breaks and stretched and squeezed electro blips feel strangely at home next to the psychotic time-signature changes and manic riffs, especially on the tracks "Sick on Sunday," "Dead as History," and "When Acting as a Wave." Violins, pianos, and trumpets sit nicely in the mix, and the group's willingness to take chances leads to stunning artistic endeavors rather than stale attempts at crossing genres just for the sake of being clever. Original vocalist Dimitri Minakakis makes an appearance, as does Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds, but the most notable inclusion is drummer Gil Sharone, who proves himself an expert at picking up the slack after the departure of founding member Chris Pennie to play in Coheed and Cambria. Undoubtedly, this act added anger to fuel the fire of their heavier numbers. "82588," "Fix Your Face," and "Party Smasher" are as wicked and manic as their most difficult earlier stuff; conversely, the melodic hooks and falsetto of "Black Bubblegum" and the watery ambience of "Mouth of Ghosts" balance out the album nicely. It can be inaccessible and terrifying all at once, but in a genre overly saturated with formulaic groups, Ire Works is a true standout. If DEP aren't careful and continue down this innovative path, they could easily be labeled the Radiohead of metalcore. A visceral metal album that pushes the envelope? Who would have thunk it?

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Track Name: Fix Your Face
You want a vision you can't have
A line that you can't walk
Writhing on the floor
You won't be aware 'til it's too late
Cause you never look around
You're like a deer in the headlights baby
Queen of delusion you will never learn compassion
Start a fire and you can never put it out
You're burning up in the blaze you started
I want to see you face down
Because I know that you play that part so well
At our wake the casket is open ready for viewing
But we are still moving
Already we smell of rot
There will be no comeback
No coming back for any of us now
No way out
Don't you realize there is nowhere you can hide
Where I'm from there is never a rest for the hunted
No way you and I will ever be done
We're never apart
Whatever you're doing
We will always cross your mind
You were young and now you pay the price for her
Track Name: Lurch
I don't know your name, but I know you
Do you lust for fame or forgiveness?
Well I'll give you everything you want
Well I'll give you anything you need
You won't be perfect so best to freeze you in this state go on home you shouldn't be walking around on this day
Now you've stuffed your throat
You've walked on your burial ground
Oh you'll draw the crowd
With honey porcelain skin and crystal baby blues
You're picture in my pocket, I'm obsessed with you
Oh sweety there's no sense in crying you're above them all
Barricade the door you can hold my hand for comfort when you fall
You wear your skin so fresh
Your smell intoxicates
Little starlet
Track Name: Black Bubblegum
Got so much salt from your lies poured into me
You didn't see yourself dead already
So full of with every breath you breathe
But you forget that in your fairytale I'm the wolf
All this attention got you thinking that you're a queen
You think that everything you're doing isn't a dream
Long as it feels right
I had gotten frozen by the way you walked
By the love that you gave by that look on your face
It's a coverup
I know everything
You're made for letter fame
Regret is part of your name
There's something you couldn't tell
It's what you wanted to feel
It's what you're dying to feel
Check out your face on the wall
Like what you see?
I'm sure you see yourself oh so unique
You're just a sucker for the flame of the week
But you forget that in your fairytale, bitch, I'm the wolf
All this attention got you thinking you were a queen
You thought that everything in life you want should be free
Nothing is what you think
Track Name: Sick On Sunday
I could never have
Standing here with you
One regret
One mistake
Nothing we could do
After this is done
You can go your way
Don't forget
This is how
Everything should be
Don't you ever go
Track Name: When Acting As a Particle
[instrumental]
Track Name: Nong Eye Gong
Now
You laugh forever you laugh
The winner and the best man
Corrupter
Shapeshifter
Your voice is the sound of nothing
Butcher of every artform
Peddler of deceit
Watching the hour hand drag
Destroyer of the past
We're smart enough to say we're sorry
Not smart enough to start again
Dancing in death's illusion
The pride before the fall
Candy for the children
Give it to them all
Track Name: When Acting As a Wave
[instrumental]
Track Name: 82588
Fallen angel how you've changed
Poison runs through your veins
You were never a saint but now you're a sin
Spoiled rotten from within
Who clipped your wings so useless?
Cut them yourself?
Chewed off your own?
Good thinking
You were coming apart and I thought I could help you
Through the fever
Not the first one
Not the last one
I'm not sorry for you
I remember a time when everything that you knew I thought I already knew in my mind
And I thought you knew the same
I know truth will set you free
Cracked and crazy baby
Track Name: Milk Lizard
My thick tongue hangs down low to the ground
Licking up the sweat coming off of her heels
She wants my teeth to wear
She wants my hell to bear
Well missy it's a lock for load
If you wanna grind hips don't do it alone
Don't save no dance no not for me
Just cut me out
You crept up like a disease looking like a girl only trying to be saved
Your heart was trying to bleed and you're taking the right road if you're talking to me
Well you thought you'd tear my skin from bone
Just cause it was cold and you needed a coat
Don't tease me just start digging the hole start digging
Oh you're getting so sleepy tonight
And you wanna go home but you don't have a ride
No time just taste won't touch for free
My salt your sweet
And you were there
And I was every question that never had an answer
I see right through you
We never even noticed that
There always was a reason
That we were never meant to be left alone
This feels like neverending
Track Name: Party Smasher
You are only the faded star of my design
Junked out lost potential and crazy from your questions answered
Walk forth
You're the fulfillment of a fallacy
A creature from fantasy
Don't think that you ever knew me
Don't you ever see
We are forever entwined stuck in a play we can't get out of
Don't you ever see
Won't you ever see
You and I will never be able to end this
We are forever entwined stuck in a play we can't leave
You say someday we can start up again
Without a plan no sign of the pressure
I say you're crazy
I hope you see my face in the mirror
You will never learn
You're forever dead to me
Won't you ever see
Your shadow?
Track Name: Dead As History
I made a big mistake
With you tonight
The way our insides burned
Like moths flying to the light
As the sun begins to set I cannot find my way back
Walking with my eyes on fire I never found the payback
I know the games we play
Give us a way
A way for us to see if we still feel alive
We'll never feel like anything is wrong
The tragedy is not just our own sad song
Walls we have built and bridges we have burned
Deeper the hole the farther we feel from harm
Time is always right behind us
Like the lamb under the gun
I'll hold on to this forever
This is never long enough
Track Name: Horse Hunter
Stumbling over dead forgotten
Catch you and the secret falls away
Falls away
You were drunken from delusion
Slipped and so the secret fell away
Fell away
I see you
Tears in your eyes
Yeah this party is a bore and you're the joke
Me and you
We are the light
Sit with me
Give me your hand
You should go your way
You are no friend of mine
Life still lives on lives
Red sea inside these walls
Commerce is your god
Cannibalistic flies
Monarch of your womb
Messiah of your thighs
How sacred is the web that must be spun
Your taste is on the tip of every tongure
Down, lets stay down
Take me all the way
All the way down
Shout, shout out loud
Make us proud for days
All the way down
Give to fire
Beyond the soul desire
Track Name: Mouth of Ghosts
Our trust runs out tonight
Everything we said dissolves
And now we say our last goodbye
Nothing to resolve
I never imagined you'd turn into this
But then the end was always close
We could feel it all along
Don't you know where
We could hide the lies
You were a mouth without a heart
An action without meaning
And you walk afraid
Reaching for the hands that turned closed