Published Aug 05, 2016Following some teasing, the Dillinger Escape Plan have revealed the details behind their forthcoming Dissociation album. While great for fans in one regard, the caveat is that the record is being released just as the long-running tech metal unit are heading on a self-proclaimed "extended hiatus."
The band revealed their hiatus in an interview, with founding member Ben Weinman explaining that, after nearly 20 years of being in the game, they're looking to call it quits while they're still riding high.
"I think in some ways we wanted to pull a Seinfeld and go out while we're still on top, you know what I mean?" he told Noisey. "The band has actually never been more prolific and we're as credible and popular as ever. I think whenever we're on stage, there's not another band in the world playing at that time that even comes close to us, and that's our goal."
While Weinman said that the quintet are still "decimating every place we go through," he admitted that the band's chaotic stage presence won't be sustainable forever.
"I mean, it's probably a fact that we couldn't do it when we're 60, but we're not stopping right now because we feel incapable, that's for sure," he said. "There's a reality that eventually, the type of show that we're doing wouldn't be realistic—I'm pretty much falling apart at the limbs at this point — but it doesn't matter, because when we play, we play."
As previously reported, Dissociation arrives October 14 through the quintet's own Party Smasher Inc. and Cooking Vinyl. The 11-song collection follows 2013's One of Us Is the Killer and took some time to complete.
"We never make records when we feel forced, so when we do it, we take a lot of time and do it when it feels right and when we have inspiration," Weinman said. "Greg [Puciato, vocals] had the full recorded and finished album for two weeks before he even started a vocal because he just wasn't feeling it yet and we just changed the release schedule. I think that's evidence that with each record, we don't just shit things out because we want to go on tour."
Following the recent teaser vid, the band are promoting Dissociation with a stream of opening track "Limerent Death," which once again balances vicious mosh passages with jazz-metal fusion and Puciato's relentless howls. In a press statement, Weinman has called the track "one of my all-time favourite DEP song."
"I feel that this song is one of the rare instances where all the members are feeling, and conveying, the same energy from start to end," he said. "A sharp focused dagger plowing its way through thick heavy walls."
You can check out the track below, where you'll also find Dillinger Escape Plan's summer tour info. They play Toronto's Hard Luck venue tonight (August 5) before hitting Heavy Montreal tomorrow.
Despite the upcoming hiatus, it's not like the members of Dillinger Escape Plan are looking to stop performing music entirely. Puciato also has ties to the Black Queen and Killer Be Killed, while Weinman is moonlighting in a supergroup called the Giraffe Tongue Orchestra.
UPDATE (8/8, 3:45 p.m. EDT): In case there was any doubt that the Dillinger Escape Plan are officially calling it quits, the band's Ben Weinman had this to say in a new Exclaim! TV interview: "It's done." Watch a teaser of the full interview at the bottom of the page.
1. Limerent Death
2. Symptom Of Terminal Illness
3. Wanting Not So Much As To
5. Low Feels Blvd
8. Manufacturing Discontent
9. Apologies Not Included
10. Nothing To Forget
08/05 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
08/06 Montreal, QC - Heavy Montreal
08/07 Boston, MA - Great Scott
08/08 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC
08/09 Washington, DC – DC9 Nightclub
08/10 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
08/13 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
08/14 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
08/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Hi Hat
08/16 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
08/26 Reading, UK – Richfield Avenue
09/16 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest