Interview: Dillinger Escape Plan – 'giving something a deliberate final act, a deliberate resolve, that feels artistically strong'
Startlingly original metal band on their swan song, Dissociation
Dillinger Escape Plan are one of the most startlingly original bands in metal. Drawing on their hardcore punk roots they have destroyed ideas of conventional music with jarring time signatures, vicious thrashing guitars and intricate song structures. Their level of musicianship is astounding considering the speed, density and complexity of their output.
It's hard to accurately do justice to their sound in words but vocalist Greg Puciato is up to the challenge: 'Snort a fistful of speed and eat a bunch of downers at the same time, right under the lethal dose … just a hair under that. And then go spend the next five hours in an insane asylum without any wardens and no locked doors. [We sound like] that as a band.'
Constantly evolving, growing and expanding in sound and vision. Until now. DEP have announced that after 20 years they are calling it quits. One last album, Dissociation, and a final world tour and that's it, the end. 'Artistically, there is no strength in doing things endlessly just for fun, or for finance,' explains Puciato. 'That's not empowering or exciting to us. Giving something a deliberate final act, a deliberate resolve, that feels artistically strong. By doing this, we seal the band up and make it a complete thought, from a conscious deliberate beginning, to a conscious deliberate end.'
Dissociation is an impressive swan song. From the brutal assault of 'Limerent Death' through the melancholic 'Symptom of Terminal Illness' to the skittering electronics of 'Fugue', it's a challenging proposition, each listen revealing further layers hidden among the dense wall of noise. Dillinger are masters of their art, honing this jittery thrash into a coherent whole. 'Instead of a collection of songs, this record feels like the most cohesive album this band has done since Calculating Infinity ,' says Puciato. 'It just feels like one organism to me. Internally we grew more between the last record and this, as individual people and as a band, than in any other length of time in our history. That had a lot to do with this album being what it is.'
By coincidence, the founding fathers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath, also play their final ever UK tour in January. 'They've indirectly influenced absolutely everyone and anyone playing after them, just through the magnitude of their existence,' says Puciato.
QMU, Glasgow, Thu 19 Jan.