RIYLDillinger Escape Plan
A Lot Like Birds
2. White Pyramids
4. I Would Like to. Feed Your Fingertips. To the Wolverines.
5. Baadering Raam
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Peace’d Out are an experimental grindhouse that have managed to chew up Vinnie Caruana (of I Am the Avalanche fame), Steve Choi (Rx Bandits), Casey Deitz (The Velvet Teen), Roger Camero (No Motiv), and then spit out gold. Their self-titled debut is manic and furious and kicks like a pair of metal cleats, focusing scattered bits of shrapnel into 180-second bursts of virtuosity. Caruana delivers a legendary vocal performance, though we expect nothing less of him, but it’s Choi’s signature guitar work that consistently steals the spotlight, lending the five short tracks an arsenal of distinct musical weaponry.
Choi kicks off “Castlemania” with a lick straight out of The Sound of Animals Fighting’s Tiger and The Duke before noodling his way into a nimble bridge. The low end takes over for some precious twenty or thirty seconds until Choi reprises the section—and then it’s annihilated by the closing breakdown. “White Pyramid” immediately switches things up with an opening bit of atmosphere, but it’s rare moment of breathing room in an economic and ruthless release. Choi slices up the opening verse with jabs of angular guitar. “White Pyramid” relies pretty heavily on choppy staccato cuts to create a messy urgency, which is then set against the song’s bridge, a brass-laden oasis of melody.
“Cha-Chang-Changmail” follows much in suit, but the second half of the song is dominated by a sparse, nigh-a cappella section in which Caruana shows off the grit in his pipes. The final two tracks wrap in less than two minutes, still furious and manic, just condensed to black hole density.
There’s not much else to say. Peace’d Out are hardcore in a wood chipper. A freakish experiment that’s intensely listenable. An impressive proof-of-concept. I have a feeling five tracks and twelve minutes won’t contain listeners for very long.