The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation [REVIEW]

It’s always sad when you hear that a band you really like is going to be releasing their final album and going to be breaking up, especially when they are as innovative and destructive as The Dillinger Escape Plan. Bring a chaotic sound ever since their inception, they’ve been a very big part of the genre, continuing to grow and elevate their sound, reaching new heights as a band. Now we reach their swan song and this will be their last chance to make the biggest bang in their career.

The album as you would expect it to starts off on a very strong note. Destructive drums and you spending most of the track trying to keep up with the track itself, ‘Limerent Death’ gives off many of these sections and whilst the lead riff sections can be drowned out in areas, the whole chaos of the track excuses this by throwing in more nuts moments and a heavy toned bass guitar before going back into the same riff from the beginning. This seems to take a totally different dynamic than the next track does at ‘Symptom Of Terminal Illness’ which invokes a lot more clean vocal attitude with it, being a much more beautiful stance in the albums early hours.

More on the experimental side of the group, they know when to add their own personal touches with oddly timed clean guitar sections before throwing into an absolute warzone of fast-paced guitar picking and drum pounding. They are able to take the same style of riff in the same song and make it sound undeniably different at points. The album seems to take a turn for the weird and if you’re a new fan, hearing ‘Fugue’ might not be the greatest track to get you started, especially with it being a near 4 minute instrumental, but the electronic drum section is an oddly nice touch and brings out something you might not have know from the band.

The jazz parts come out in ‘Low Feels Blvd’, you get undeniable progressive mathcore in ‘Honey Suckle’ and sometimes you even get the symphonic orchestral ballad elements thanks to Greg Puciato’s voice in ‘Nothing To Forget’. This album is a complete mind boggle to all of the senses, but this is what makes TDEP. If you’ve ever gone through a record of theirs and noticed all these little attributes and niggles that you felt made that track so positively special, its because of things like this that take you on an oral whirlwind. Even with the album title track closer, the atmosphere in this track followed with the low grumbles of programming lay down that final coffin into the ground as tears are shed and roses laid down on this final resting place.

At the core, The Dillinger Escape Plan were always full of chaos and absolute aggression which this underlining of experimental beauty. This album is no exception to the rule as ‘Dissociation’ is a near-perfect final hurrah they could, or any band in this field, could have had. You will forever be missed, but with albums such as these, you’ll never be forgotten.


Released: 14th October 2016
For Fans Of: Anything and everything
Label: Party Smasher Inc.