By: Robert Treanor
I thought we’d be forever, what was I to say?” These words were viscerally screamed from Greg Puciato, front man of The Dillinger Escape Plan, as they took the stage at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island on Friday, November 18th. The lyric comes from their single “Limerent Death”, the opening song of their set and opener of their latest and ironically last album, Dissociation. The veteran math-core (math rock/hardcore) outfit from Morris Plains, New Jersey has decided to call it quits after twenty years of producing some of the most cutting edge experimentation in modern metal following the commitments of this album touring cycle. Their performance on November 18th showed that the band is leaving us on a high note, with an evening of top notch technical performances and chaotic breakdowns.
A bulk of the band’s set consisted of songs from Dissociation as well as their previous studio effort, 2013’s One Of Us Is the Killer. These songs although the most accessible in the bands discography only allowed for small bursts of energy in terms of crowd reaction. Popular hits and rarities from Dillinger’s early discography however, were the most explosive. Testosterone fueled mosh pits consisting of shirtless bros engulfed the center of the crowd during classics such as “Sunshine the Werewolf”, “Sugar Coated Sugar”, and “43% Burnt”. Front man Greg Puciato and lead guitarist/primary arranger Ben Weinman’s vivacity on stage in reaction almost led me to think that the barricade between them and their fans would not stand a chance in keeping them apart. The Dillinger Escape Plan’s performance was a reminder that their persona will stand the test of time as they gracefully exit with supporting their swan song with live shows that spectators will never forget.