The Dillinger Escape Plan
Dissociation


5.0
classic

Review

by is Wario a libertarian? USER (11 Reviews)
October 18th, 2016 | 788 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One last breath.

Whenever a band announces their last album the term swansong gets thrown around carefree. The term is defined simply as a person or band’s final performance before breaking up. If an artist makes a halfway decent final album it will be referred to as a swansong. However I think the term should carry a bit more weight, in that the band should be going out absolutely on top with nothing more to give. Dissociation I believe is a true swansong in that sense that The Dillinger Escape Plan has given every last ounce of energy and effort in attempting to make a true farewell album. In listening to Dissociation you can tell the band has pushed the limits of their sound to the absolute maximum it could be pushed.

Dissociation is a unique album, in the sense that you can hear influences from all of their albums smashed into one cohesive package. “Honeysuckle” really brings back memories of the Calculating Infinity days with the immediate spastic melody reminiscent of “43% Burnt”. A healthy dose of the electronics and experimental influence from Ire Works are scattered throughout the album. The biggest influence on this album however, is their more melodic and chorus driven style from Option Paralysis. Vocalist Greg Puciato has made massive improvements to his Mike Patton influenced crooning, specifically in reaching his high falsetto. His screams as well sound more visceral and raw compared to previous works; it is Puciato’s best vocal performance. The songwriting on Dissociation has never been tighter, the same old spastic Dillinger is there as well as a strong jazz influence on songs like “Low Feels Blvd”. The album has a bit of a flair for the dramatic as well especially on the title track which is the final Dillinger song. “Dissociation” is a unique song in the Dillinger discography in that they really bring out all the stops in one song, combining electronics and an orchestra to create something truly special and one worthy for their last bow. There is one full blown electronic song in “Fugue” which is one of the more intriguing songs they’ve ever done with the pounding beat of synthesized drums and IDM flourishes. The beauty of Dissociation is that it blends together all the styles Dillinger have ever tried, makes it cohesive and truly reads like a wonderful love letter to the fans.

The Dillinger Escape Plan is a very personal and important band for me. Since I have been listening to them since high school, seeing their sound truly evolving and changing from album to album has been a great pleasure to see. It is extremely refreshing to see a band not afraid to take chances and not to write the same album over and over again. Dillinger aren’t afraid of the critics or losing fans more interested in their older material. With Dissociation, The Dillinger Escape have given every last drop of creative energy and effort. When you hear the term “blood, sweat and tears” this is an album that comes to mind. To wrap up with another common phrase, The Dillinger Escape Plan have not only gone out with a bang, they’ve gone out with a nuclear explosion.



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Futures
October 17th 2016


9294 Comments


i am on fire guys. can't stop writing. much love to rowan for the proofread as always. criticism is welcome! pretty proud of this one.

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fromtheinside
October 17th 2016


317 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I endorse this review

DarkSideOfLucca
October 17th 2016


7480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A 5 review? Haven't even read it but I know I agree with every word because I can see into the future.

TVC15
October 18th 2016


8568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Any day Futures posts a review is a good day

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Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2016


14137 Comments


fuck me three for three

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PortalofPerfection
October 18th 2016


1991 Comments


Damn that avg O_O

Still can't get into this band. Something tells me this isn't going to change that but it's obviously still worth a shot.

Ebola
October 18th 2016


2825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album does indeed rule, but Killer is still my favorite Dillinger for the time being.

DarkSideOfLucca
October 18th 2016


7480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You probably won't like this if you're not already into the band. They're already one of my favorites and this is basically just a summary of their career but in such a great way.

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2016


10781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, album rules.

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YakNips
October 18th 2016


18935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pos dude keep the revs coming



wish i loved this as much as most seem to, but i wasn't huge on OP and killer and this seems to emulate those the most

Futures
October 18th 2016


9294 Comments


also check sachs webzine if you haven't!


https://expressions-of-interest.com/

oltnabrick
October 18th 2016


35835 Comments


relax

Mordecai.
October 18th 2016


8348 Comments


Really enjoying this so far. The opening and closing tracks are both phenomenal, and definitely feeling the Ire Works vibes overall. One of Us is the Killer is my least fav Dillinger, so I was not hyped for this at all.

Good review.

GhostOfSarcasticBtrd
October 18th 2016


5401 Comments


Way cleaner and better flowing than your TDWP one tbh, easy pos. Only suggestions would be a comma after "However" in line three and then removed after "weight" in line four, no comma in the first line of the second paragraph, and then maybe change "seeing... see" to "seeing... watch" in the last paragraph to make it sound a little more varied.

Nice job, even though I still can't back this over Calculating haha.

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SnakeDelilah
October 18th 2016


19822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn dude you're on a roll



pos

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2016


19043 Comments


keep reviewing man damn pos

Futures
October 18th 2016


9294 Comments


i appreciate all the love fellas.

SteakByrnes
October 18th 2016


4043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good review my man, I love the brevity of your reviews.

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Futures
October 18th 2016


9294 Comments


thanks man. i'm really in the groove of writing and feeling good about it! particularly proud of this one.

WhiteNoise
October 18th 2016


3566 Comments


I just don't understand this band. Honestly what is their best album to start with?



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