Option Paralysis

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Option Paralysis
DillingerEscapePlan - OptionParalysis.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 22, 2010
RecordedSeptember 8 − November 12, 2009
The Dillinger Escape Plan chronology
Ire Works
Option Paralysis
One of Us Is the Killer
Singles from Option Paralysis
  1. "Farewell, Mona Lisa"
    Released: January 19 2010
Alternative covers
Cover for the vinyl version of Option Paralysis.
Cover for the vinyl version of Option Paralysis.
Alternative cover
Cover for the digipak version of Option Paralysis.
Cover for the digipak version of Option Paralysis.

Option Paralysis is the fourth studio album by American mathcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan, released on March 23, 2010. After having fulfilled their contract with Relapse Records, the band released the album through Party Smasher Inc., their own new imprint in collaboration with French record label Season of Mist.[3] It marks The Dillinger Escape Plan's first release to feature Billy Rymer on drums, since Gil Sharone left the band in September 2008 due to the frequent touring schedule and to focus on his brother's band Stolen Babies.[4][5]

Option Paralysis debuted at number 78 on the Billboard 200 with 7,100 units sold.[6]


Formation of Party Smasher Inc.[edit]

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. 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)[7][8] 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."[9]


In a blog on the band's MySpace profile, vocalist Greg Puciato revealed that they would be entering the studio from September 7 - October 30, 2009 to record the album with longtime collaborator Steve Evetts.[10] Recording was finished on November 12, 2009.[11] The album is their second longest yet at over 41 minutes, behind Dissociation, and is described by Ben Weinman as "our most metal record yet."[12]


According to Kerrang!, the album "was not an album that just happened. Rather it was one that was written to address an issue the band feel keenly". In April 2010, Ben Weinman told Kerrang! magazine:

One of the inspirations of the record is the idea that there are so many stimuli going on right now, there are so many computers, iPhones, TVs, media, that nobody really knows what's important anymore. There is no underground anymore because everything is homogenized and coming through the same filter. There are far fewer instances of certain circumstances affecting specific scenes, music and culture. <Technology> has become a substitute for actually living and experiencing things. That's scary... It's like a cultural depression.[13]


The band released several demo snippets on their YouTube channel.[14] Furthermore, a website for the record was set up, linking to all of the studio update videos and demo snippets.[15] 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.[16]

The song "Farewell, Mona Lisa", debuted on Liquid Metal SXM on Christmas Day, 2009;[17] it became available for download on January 19, 2010.[18] "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.[19]

In February, the album was made available for pre-orders through the Season of Mist e-shop. It was available in a variety of formats, including a box set, Digipak, black vinyl and transparent vinyl. A white vinyl was later made available through Relapse Records.


Former frontman Dimitri Minakakis (who also contributed artwork for 2004 album Miss Machine) created the artwork for Option Paralysis. In an interview, Jeff Tuttle revealed that the album cover features photographs and images that the members captured themselves.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press4.5/5 stars[9]
Rock Sound9/10[24]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[25]
Spin3.5/5 stars[26]
Revolver4/5 stars[27]

Option Paralysis was released to overall critical acclaim. The album garnered a rating of 82/100, or universal acclaim, on aggregate review site Metacritic.[29]

Exclaim! named Option Paralysis the No. 2 Metal Album of 2010.[30]

Public reception[edit]

Option Paralysis was very well received by the public. On Rate Your Music the album has an average rating of 3.44 of 5, based on more than 1,750 ratings,[31] and on Sputnikmusic the album has an "excellent" average rating of 4.1 of 5, based on more than 2,400 ratings.[32] The album is #19 on the list "Best Albums of 2010" on Sputnikmusic.[33]

Option Paralysis received the highest percentage of #1 votes in the 2010 Pitchfork Readers' Poll.[34]


The songs "Farewell, Mona Lisa", "Gold Teeth on a Bum", "Widower", and "Parasitic Twins" are featured in the game Rock Band 3 via the Rock Band Network

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Greg Puciato except "Parasitic Twins" by Jeff Tuttle; all music composed by Ben Weinman.

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
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


The Dillinger Escape Plan
Guest musicians
  • Benjamin Weinman – producer
  • Steve Evetts – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Allan Hessler – assistant engineer
  • Alan Douches – mastering
  • Dimitri Minakakis (Pronto Workshop) – artwork
  • Benjamin Weinman – management
  • Jim Morewood (English Gent Organization) – International booking
  • Justin Hirschman (Artist Group International) – North American booking
  • Ian J. Friedman, Esq. – legal


Chart (2010) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[39] 53
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[40] 50
UK Albums (OCC)[41] 107
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[42] 6
US Billboard 200[43] 78
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[44] 9
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[45] 5
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[46] 23
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[47] 8


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  2. ^ a b "Option Paralysis - The Dillinger Escape Plan - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
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  4. ^ Ben Weinman's / The Dillinger Escape Plan's Twitter account - 01/02/2009
  5. ^ Ben Weinman's / The Dillinger Escape Plan's Twitter account - 01/09/2009
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  10. ^ The Dillinger Escape Plan's MySpace account - 08/24/2009
  11. ^ Steve Evetts' Twitter account - 11/12/2009
  12. ^ Guitar World February 2010 issue
  13. ^ Bryant, Tom. Kerrang! #1306, April 03, 2010. Dillinger Escape Plan. p.41
  14. ^ The Dillinger Escape Plan's YouTube channel
  15. ^ Option Paralysis - www.optionparalysis.net
  16. ^ Ben Weinman's / The Dillinger Escape Plan's Twitter account - 12/05/2009
  17. ^ Ben Weinman's / The Dillinger Escape Plan's Twitter account - 12/24/2009
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  30. ^ "Year in Review: Metal". Exclaim!.
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  47. ^ "The Dillinger Escape Plan Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard.

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