So Dillinger Escape Plan almost didn't get to record "Ire Works" because their drummer left the band just days before they were supposed to hit the studio. You know what for? To go and play with Coheed & Cambria. But by then Coheed & Cambria had already recorded "No World For Tomorrow" with interim drummer Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters fame. Why am I telling you this? Just to point out that it's been a hectic year for C&C with the departure of drummer Josh Eppard and bassist Michael Todd. Luckily Todd joined the band again later on or they would've had to find another bass player as well.
Basically this album is more of the same as 'Good Apollo I'm burning star IV'. More progpopmetal with epic choruses, epic riffs and basically, epic everything. Oh, and throw in some 70ies rock as well to get an even better idea of what to expect. I've given up on the story lines a long time ago so I couldn't tell you anything about that (plus there's different interpretations floating around on the net anyway) but I can tell you that I like this album a lot better than "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star vol. 1". They disappointed with that one but redeem themselves with songs like "Feathers", "Justice In Murder" and the title track. Oh, and let's not forget the completely over the top 20-minutes long, divided over 5 songs closer.
One more thing though... if this album concludes Sanchez' scifi story, then where will they go from here?
Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.