14. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine (2004)
The Dilinger Escape Plan are a band so unique they almost defy description. Are they Mathcore? Perhaps Jazz-Influenced Tech Metal? Metalcore, even? To pigeonhole them would be a considerable disservice as they defy categorisation and Miss Machine is an album which hovers over the periphery of genre classification.
The addition of Greg Puciato on vocals was a masterstroke as he could blend an abrasive bellow with, whisper it, a strong singing voice. As schizophrenic as Mike Patton (Faith No More), his vocals are equally as enthralling as the cacophonous noise produced by his bandmates.
This is head-scratchingly bewildering Heavy Metal, made for people who simultaneously like to mosh and be mentally stimulated. While it often sounds directionless, its genius lies in its ability to be everything at once; in this case throwing in everything and the kitchen sink was just what the doctor ordered!
Highlights include the aggressive “Panasonic Youth”, “Highway Robbery” and the Faith No More tribute, “Unretrofied”.
Miss Machine is a fearless and compelling album that could only be a product of the 00’s, forward thinking and totally bat-sh*t crazy. Where modern metal goes from here is anybody’s guess. Either way, it’s pretty clear that it will be The Dillinger Escape Plan who will be at the forefront of Heavy Metal’s next trip into uncharted waters.