The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #45 / 947
User Score
Based on 140 ratings
2016 Ratings: #104
Liked by 6 people
October 14, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Party Smasher / Label
Mathcore / Genres
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Only an asshole could find fault with this record; there's no value in nitpicking an achievement this consummately professional, laboriously crafted and creatively uninhibited.


In its varying emotions and thoughts, Dissociation is at once is a whirlwind of chaos and a pit of darkness and thought. Crafted with frenzy and care, this is a true work of art in all its instrumentation and vocalization.


Dissociation is an impressive album and a perfect endpoint to a very noisy and varied body of work. Comprised of both familiar elements of DEP’s back catalog along with some new tricks, it will satisfy fans with an affection for the myriad involved sounds caught in Dillinger’s prism of noise.

Consequence of Sound

Their final record is fittingly cyclical, beginning in the death of love and ending in death alone, full of transportive moments and beauty along the way.

The Line of Best Fit

Everything they do well is featured here: mainstream rock riffing, left-field melodic breakdowns, twitchy, nervous swaying, five-minute prog freakouts, seasick lurching, and, of course, their trademark spastic morse code gymnastics.

Drowned in Sound

Dissociation may not be the dream record for those who want Dillinger to return to the pure intensity of Calculating Infinity or Miss Machine, but it does make a suitably multi-faceted and powerful closing statement from one of heavy music’s most brilliantly insane bands.

The Needle Drop
The Dillinger Escape Plan goes down swinging on their final album.

Dissociation, the band’s sixth and final album, touches often on the now-familiar template of pounding, grindcore-level noise flurries that once shook the world. Of course, Dillinger Escape Plan take sharp turns away from that template as well—often in the same song.

"Only an asshole could find fault with this record"

Yeah I would call it enjoyable and satisfactory.
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Dillingers last album is... their worst? But it’s still a 9/10 I mean cmon, this band has albums going back 20 years and it’s unreal how even after all that time they still sound just as sharp, energetic and absolutely tortured as they did the very first time they put out music. This album is like a descent to hell that is exaggerated by the fact that this is also their longest album. Songs like Limberest Death show how this band can make some of the most tense music of their time ... read more
Legendary mathcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan goes out with a bang, leaving the rest of us to whimper.

Only one year shy of their 20 year anniversary, DEP decides to end their long run of mind-imploding music and unpredictable live shows before time catches up with them. A band as extreme as DEP could never go on forever, hell, we’re lucky we got 20 years out of them! Undoubtedly one live show you must see to believe, Dillinger have stirred all sort of chaos through countless venues ... read more
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Added on: August 1, 2016