2016 Best of Metal List #20

The Dillinger Escape Plan-Dissociation


The Dillinger Escape Plan released Dissociation on October 14 of this year and stated that it will be the last album of their career.  Appropriately enough, the swan song goes out with a giant chaotic bang.  These dudes have always been a spastic, schizophrenic mess of a band and the final album of their career is a fitting end.  If you’re expecting a linear structure and a simple 4/4 rhythm you can dance to, set your sights to easier listening paths.  Half the time when I listen to this album, I’m honestly not even sure if I like it.  Listening to it makes one feel as if you’ve been dropped into the middle of a horror movie.  It leaves you with a sense of unease because you are never really sure exactly what is lurking behind the next bridge or breakdown.  The songs will push and pull the listener in different directions at simultaneous times.  From discordant noise rock to abstract acid-influenced jazz to downright melodic beauty, this album will challenge you from the first note played.  I believe the resulting unease the album provokes is ultimately the genius of its songwriting.  This structure has been a hallmark of the Dillinger approach since its debut album.

I bid you a fond farewell, Ben Weinman and Co.  If you get a chance to see them tear it up live during their last ever tour, jump at the chance.  Their live show is as chaotic as their songwriting.  There are so many violently flailing limbs and guitars and dudes jumping with wild abandon off of amps that I’m always expecting someone on stage to lose an eye.

Below is a track from the album entitled Nothing to Forget.  This is one of my favorite songs to come out this year and just spoke to me as a lifelong introvert.  The plaintive chorus of “Please let me be by myself, I don’t need anything!!!” really struck a nerve.  I may need to get it embroidered on a pillow.

The list so far:

20(a):  Metallica-Hardwired…To Self Destruct

20:  The Dillinger Escape Plan-Dissociation

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