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Option Paralysis
Studio album by The Dillinger Escape Plan
Released March 22, 2010
Recorded September 8 − November 12, 2009
Genre Mathcore, avant-garde metal
Length 41:28
Label Party Smasher / Season of Mist
Producer Steve Evetts
The Dillinger Escape Plan chronology
Ire Works
Option Paralysis
Vinyl cover

Option Paralysis is the fourth full-length studio album by American mathcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan, released on March 23, 2010. After having fulfilled their contract with Relapse Records (and reportedly dissatisfied with Relapse's handling of their previous album, Ire Works), the band released the album through Party Smasher Inc., their own new imprint in collaboration with French record label Season of Mist.[1] It marks the first Dillinger Escape plan release to feature Billy Rymer on drums, since Gil Sharone left the band in January 2009 due to the frequent touring schedule and to focus on his brother's band Stolen Babies.[2][3]


Formation of Party Smasher Inc.

The Dillinger Escape Plan announced their departure from Relapse Records in 2009. They had become dissatisfied with the music industry and music media, and decided to create their own record label to release their fourth studio-album. Commenting on the dissolving "indie band culture", guitarist Ben Weinman stated, "back in the day there were record labels that you trusted, loved and you bought everything on it and you discovered a lot of great new music because of it. You listen to every single song back to front a million times, it'd be worn out to death before you moved onto another record. You'd read everything in the booklet, you'd read all the lyrics, you'd read all the notes, you'd discover something new."[4]

The band created their own imprint Party Smasher Inc. under French label Season of Mist. They stated that Party Smasher (which was originally erroneously reported to be called Photogenic Records[5][6]) is not technically a record label but a "creative umbrella" for all things related to The Dillinger Escape Plan. In an interview with Alternative Press, Weinman stated, "Well, I should clarify that it's not exactly our attempt to run a record label. That's not something we could be good at, and it's obviously not something anybody's good at these days. [Laughs] It's more a situation where we now have a name for this umbrella that covers every business and artistic decision we make–whether it's Dillinger, side projects or whatever."[7]


In a blog on the bands MySpace profile, vocalist Greg Puciato revealed that they would be entering the studio from September 7 - October 30, 2009 to record the album with long time collaborator Steve Evetts.[8] Recording was finished on November 12, 2009.[9] The album is the longest one yet at approximately 43 minutes,[10] and is described by Ben Weinman as "our most metal record yet."[11]


The band released several demo snippets on their YouTube channel.[12] Furthermore a website for the record was set up, linking to all of the studio update videos and demo snippets.[13] During their North American East Coast tour with Thursday in December 2009, the band sold download cards at their shows that entitled the customer to a download of the 10 song album upon its release with 3 additional exclusive bonus tracks. [14]

"Farewell, Mona Lisa", the album's first single, was debuted on Liquid Metal SXM on Christmas day, 2009[15] and became available for download on January 19, 2010.[16] "Chinese Whispers" was debuted on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated radio show broadcast on 29 stations throughout the USA on the March 5, 2010, and was subsequently played on the next two days. On March 9, the blog MetalSucks featured the online debut of the song.[17]


 Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (90%)[18]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[19]
Alternative Press 4.5/5 stars[7]
BBC (positive)[20]
Rock Sound (9/10)[21]
Sputnikmusic (4.5/5)[22]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Greg Puciato; all music composed by The Dillinger Escape Plan.

  1. "Farewell, Mona Lisa" − 5:23
  2. "Good Neighbor" − 2:30
  3. "Gold Teeth on a Bum" − 5:22
  4. "Crystal Morning" − 2:02
  5. "Endless Endings" − 2:32
  6. "Widower" − 6:23
  7. "Room Full of Eyes" − 4:15
  8. "Chinese Whispers" − 4:06
  9. "I Wouldn't If You Didn't" − 4:14
  10. "Parasitic Twins" − 4:41

Vinyl[23] and Japanese bonus track

  1. "Chuck McChip"

iTunes bonus track

  1. "Farewell, Mona Lisa (Demo Version)"

Amazon bonus track

  1. "Endless Endings (Demo Version)" − 2:45

Limited Edition bonus track

  1. "Heat Deaf Melted Grill"


The Dillinger Escape Plan
Guest musicians

In a recent interview, Ben Weinman revealed that there are two guests from "completely different worlds to Dillinger" on the record.[4] Singer Greg Puciato also mentioned a "special guest" on his Twitter account. On December 9 it was revealed that Mike Garson had contributed to the album.[25]


  1. ^ Ben Weinman's / The Dillinger Escape Plan's Twitter account - 05/27/2009
  2. ^ Ben Weinman's / The Dillinger Escape Plan's Twitter account - 01/02/2009
  3. ^ Ben Weinman's / The Dillinger Escape Plan's Twitter account - 01/09/2009
  4. ^ a b Kelham, Andrew (October 29, 2009). "Rock Sound talks to Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman about 'Option Paralysis'". Rock Sound. Retrieved March 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ Jon, W (May 27, 2009). "New Dillinger Escape Plan Album to Hit Early 2010 on New Label". Headbangers Blog. MTV. Retrieved March 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ Neilstein, Vince (May 28, 2009). "So, Dillinger Escape Plan have left relapse". MetalSucks. Retrieved March 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Burges, Aaron (April 2010). "Option Paralysis Review & In-Store Session with guitarist Ben Weinman". Alternative Press (Cleavland, Ohio: Alternative Press Magazines Inc.) Vol 24 (#261): p. 124. ISSN 1065-1667. 
  8. ^ The Dillinger Escape Plan's MySpace account - 08/24/2009
  9. ^ Steve Evetts' Twitter account - 11/12/2009
  10. ^ Interview with
  11. ^ Guitar World February 2010 issue
  12. ^ The Dillinger Escape Plan's YouTube channel
  13. ^ Option Paralysis -
  14. ^ Ben Weinman's / The Dillinger Escape Plan's Twitter account - 12/05/2009
  15. ^ Ben Weinman's / The Dillinger Escape Plan's Twitter account - 12/24/2009
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Exclusive Web Debut of The Dillinger Escape Plan's "Chinese Whispers"". MetalSucks. March 3, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  18. ^ Pfleider, Adam (March 11, 2010). "Review: Option Paralysis". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  19. ^ Freeman, Phil (March 2010). "Review: Option Paralysis". Allmusic. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  20. ^ Diver, Mike (March 10, 2010). "Review: Option Paralysis". BBC. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  21. ^ Patashnik, Ben (March 15, 2010). "Review: Option Paralysis". Rock Sound. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  22. ^ Flatley, Ryan (March 3, 2010). "Review: Option Paralysis". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Option Paralysis LP". Allmusic. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  24. ^
  25. ^ Metal Hammer Website 12/09/2009

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