Better Lovers, Featuring Members of Dilinger Escape Plan Is a Manic Ball Of Energy! Better Lovers
Reviewed by Sam Lowry

Better Lovers takes everything that was great about Dilinger Escape Plan and makes a more cohesive blend of Grind, Metal, Thrash and Hardcore.

Better Lovers, the newly formed band with members of Dilinger Escape Plan definitely bare resemblance of their former band. However where as older Dilinger Escape Plan songs seemed more disjointed and of the Grindcore genre, this new single has more of a cohesiveness to it and feels like a full song. I think whether you enjoy Slayer or you enjoy obscure Grind stuff like The Assistant or The Number 12 Looks Like You, this is going to be something you are into. For me the one song takes you on such an adventure musically as it changes feels and rhythms quickly to engage the modern listener. To me the vocal also makes it a step better than a lot of the heavier grind stuff I enjoyed because if not done right it can sound like a squirrel in a blender where as this is great guttural screams that are actually in key with the song and enhances the chaos the band is projecting.

The blistering, four-minute track, and accompanying Eric Richter directed video serve as the perfect introduction to Better Lovers. The band describes their new music “uncompromising, unapologetic, and undeniable as anything they’ve done individually”.

“Looking back, I’m so happy everything got me to where I am,” explains Buckley. “The pandemic and the last few years made me hungrier and more grateful. This isn’t a hobby. This isn’t temporary. This is the next evolution for each of us. Greg and Will rejuvenated me and made me even more confident. Now, everybody needs to know we’re a wild animal that just broke out of the zoo—there’s no trying to put it back in the cage.”

“Jordan sent me some already finished instrumental tracks, and they hit me at just the right time,” adds Puciato. “Those tracks woke up a side of me that I thought was fully extinct but was merely evolving and changing. To my complete surprise there was still something left in that area to dig at, and the vessel for it made sense.”

Putney, who had worked on the most recent Every Time I Die albums, and won a 2021 GRAMMY®-Award for his production work on Body Count’s Carnivore, encapsulates the band’s thoughts: “It’s a group of loaded weapons all firing at full power ready for the next chapter of our music careers, and I can confidently say our collective best work is ahead of us.”

The band has plans to tour but have not announced an album yet.

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