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THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

"IT'S SCARY AND UNPREDICTABLE, WHICH IS EVERYTHING WE'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE: UNPREDICTABLE, EXTREME AND INTENTIONAL"

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN

Exactly. If this interview had been conducted a few short weeks previous to when it actually took place, the tone, mood and topics of discussion would have absolutely been different And Ben Weinman would have likely gnawed his tongue into a bloody nub. That's because on August 5th the Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist and lone original member look to the internet to announce that after 20 years of not just re-writing, but shitting (sometimes literally - see Reading Festival, 2002) on every aspect of the extreme music rulcbook, that an "extended hiatus" would follow their sixth album, 'Dissociation'. This has since been amended to confirm that DEP arc putting their own final nail in their own coffin. Not to toot our own horn, but Terrorizer was the first "full-colour glossy" magazine on the planet to run a feature on the band back in 1997 and being that our Kevin Stewart-Panko was the man who penned that initial story on this ground-breaking band, we sent him back to the swamps of New Jersey to get Ben's thoughts about pulling the curtains shut on one of extreme music's most musically innovative, physically confrontational and wholeheartedly irreverent bands. Ever,

"IT'S GDDD THAT WE'RE DOING THIS NOW BECAUSE I DID A FEW INTERVIEWS LITERALLY DAYS BEFORE WE ANNOUNCED IT AND KNOWING EVERYTHING, IT WAS REALLY HARD TO SIT THERE AND TALK ABOUT THE ALBUM AND NOT TALK ABOUT ALL THIS STUFF." - BEN WEINMAN ON KEEPING THE CAT IN THE BAG.

THE DECISION

"We played a festival in Mexico City and 1 decided to hang out on a beach in Mexico for two days afterwards. I actually hadn't gone a vacation or anything in like twenty years [laughs). That's a bit of an exaggeration, but most any travelling I'd done over the past twenty years was related to playing shows or the band. It's been a crazy whirlwind. You know; you've been there and were talking to me and writing about us since before any of these guys that are in the band now were even in the band! You're one of the few people 111 be talking to during this time who has knowledge of us from the beginning and knows just how crazy it's been. So, in 2017, Ml be twenty years for me and 1 was just sitting on the beach and thinking, 'Man, I love playing and writing music, but I don't see going through this cycle over and over again without any definitive ending interesting. At all.' My life is the same as it was when I was a kid. 1 grew up with this band. [Vocalist] Greg fPuciato) has really grown up with this band because he was younger than I when he joined and he's gone through a tremendous amount of change with this band, especially over the past three years. It just started to make sense to me that this thing needed to have a thematic ending. It needs to be a piece of art as a whole. It can't be this thing that just keeps going until it can't go anymore. I was about to turn 41 and I asked myself if I could keep doing the kinds of shows we do much longer.

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There are only a handful of bands that I absolutely love, have really made a massive impact in my life and, ultimately, don’t let me down when it comes to live shows, recordings or attitudes to life. The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of those bands and it’s an honour to have them grace the cover for the second time while I steer the good ship Terrorizer. I have fond memories of TDEP – from the first time I Interviewed them for another metal magazine in their early days, right through to the last show I recently saw of theirs at the Old Blue Last in London at the tail end of the Summer. Always faultless, it’s safe to say they are going out on a high and while few bands will ever step up to the plate like Dillinger do every night, their legacy and recorded output will last forever, and for that we should be thankful. Kevin Stewart-Panko first interviewed them for these sacred pages, so it was only right that he should interview them one final time. I hope you enjoy his (and the bands’) words and do crank out their new album at the same time – it’s nothing short of breathtaking. Until next month… Darren Sadler
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