It's quite hard to fathom that The Dillinger Escape Plan have been around for 19 years, especially since their sound, six full lengths into their career, still feels fresh and genuinely innovative, no matter how tired the band might be.
Dissociation is supposed to be the band's final album, since Greg Puciato has been clear that The Dillinger Escape Plan is breaking up, and obviously everything about the album, from the cover image to the song titles, seems to be built around the theme of finality. For the fans it's probably a bittersweet relief that the band is going out on a high note, especially since a large amount of that fanbase has been frequently divided since over a decade ago, when Dimitri Minakakis was replaced by Puciato.
Now that we're getting closer for all things to have been said and done about The DEP, it's safe to say that there's no such thing as a bad DEP record, no matter whose lead singer's vocals you prefer. Dissociation maintains a nice balance between melody and experimentation, so satisfying that if the band were to break their break up promise and continued to be, we wouldn't be mad at them, not at all.
Listen to Symptom Of Terminal Illness, one of the album's highlight tracks right below...