With their fourth full-length album, The Plot In You shattered all expectations and delivered an album that introduced a side of the band that had never been seen before. Dispose is a total wildcard, taking a hard turn from the band’s previous releases and stripping away the screams and destruction that they’re typically known for. Their latest release harbors a sound that’s truly eclectic and a vulnerability that makes the album a groundbreaking addition to the metal genre and burns itself into your brain.
Dispose features the band’s most soul-bearing work yet with the band tearing apart their insides with each song. While the band shed their old skin, there’s still an intense fire that’s ever-present on the record. The pop-infused melodies and soaring choruses on the record elevates the band to new heights, allowing them to deliver songs that the band felt completely encompasses their true selves. By far, one of the standout elements of the album are Landon Tower’s fierce vocals. Tower’s clean yet powerful performance captures the melancholic vibe and emotions that fill the album.
The first taste of what was in store for Dispose was the single “Feel Nothing” – a display of the creative flair that hypnotizes listeners and carries them to a places they’ve never been. It ended up being one of the stronger tracks, making it an obvious choice for the first single. Among the strongest are the tracks, “Not Just Breaking” and “One Last Time”. The two songs perfectly display the new direction of the record, yet still glimpses of the old Plot still shine through.
Dispose isn’t an album that builds, it plays like a storm, with thunderous rage coursing throughout the record with moments of tranquility peeking through. The opening track, “Rigged”, is an eerie glimpse into the rest of the album – a powerhouse that perfectly kicks things off. Like a whisper to a scream, “Disposable Fix” closes the album. Darkness surrounds you as the softness of the vocals possesses your mind. Then the upbeat, pop-infused melodies kick in and tears into you. The emotionally charged lyrics forces you to feel every word with lines like “You’re not a victim of shit/ I put myself on the back burner/ held myself back for you/ I’m a disposable fix”.
Among the softer tracks on the album, “I Always Wanted to Leave” and “The Sound” are the most visceral displays of emotion on this album. Straying from the norm and delivering a record that's seemingly out of their comfort zone can be terrifying, however it was something the entire band was on board with. Instead of releasing something to appease the masses, the band released what could be considered the most cohesive representation of what the band has to offer. With lines like, “Some days I wish that both my lungs would cave/ Fall asleep and never wake so that my words could breathe/ Spare my all your insecurities/ I’ve got my own, but I don’t flaunt ‘em so religiously”, these songs rip your heart out, but in the most loving way possible.
From inciting destruction to exhibiting a quiet rage, The Plot In You continues to cause chaos in the music scene. Their record continues to trigger a reaction even after its February release and its momentum continues to grow. Dispose is a fantastic composition of haunting melodies and disembodied screams that’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. It’s hard to categorize a sound that’s so innovative and completely captivates its listeners, creeping into every crevice of their soul. This record is a symbol of the band’s growth from the darkness that consumed them during previous records and the shimmering future that lies ahead. Dispose is the band’s most polished work to date and has definitely earned its place on the list of top albums of 2018.