At the start of 2017, we had one of the most exciting and chaotic bands in rock and metal in The Dillinger Escape Plan. By the time 2017 comes to a close, they'll will be gone. Greg Puciato and co. will all go their separate ways, and while nearly all members have new musical outlets (Killer Be Killed, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, John Frum, etc.), there is a gaping hole left in the mathcore scene.
TDEP are one of the few bands to bring what is usually a very abrasive genre to mainstream attention, whether that is through experimentation with more palatable electronica or prog metal elements, attracting Faith No More frontman Mike Patton for the Irony Is a Dead Scene EP, or just through being really bloody good.
Whatever the reason, after 20 years of setting the standard, across six full-length albums and 15 full time members, it is time to pass on the torch.
But to whom you may ask? Whenever people say “mathcore”, the poster boys were/are The Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge. To rub shoulders with a band like Converge requires some sizeable, mathematically-gifted trouser plums, and to fill Dillinger’s void will require something equally ridiculous/impressive.