After nearly two decades as one of the most trailblazing, inventive and downright destructive bands around, The Dillinger Escape Plan are calling it quits.
This, their parting shot, is an 11 track masterclass that shows with crystal clarity why they have constantly led and never, ever followed.
The usual hail of splintered, spidery riffs and rhythmic acrobatics is imbued with heavy doses of noir jazz and neck-twisting electronica here – the kitchen sink smashed against the wall as the band head for the exit.
This chaos is matched on the lyric sheet of frontman Greg Puciato which, even by his standards, feels serial-killer nihilistic this time out. In fact, there’s a stark, clinical air to the production of ‘Dissociation’ that draws comparison in feel, if not necessarily style, with the band’s psychotic-yet-seminal debut ‘Calculating Infinity’.
It’s a neatly circular return to the start, proving beyond doubt that, while Dillinger might have become more melodic over their years, they have categorically never softened. There are songs on here that will strip paint at 500 yards, curdle fresh milk and happily go toe-to-toe with the best of their back catalogue. That’s no small accolade.
Farewell to one of the greatest bands to ever do it – let them mess with your cranium one last time.