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Saturday, June 10, 2017

LIVE REVIEW: The Dillinger Escape Plan erupt in Belfast

IT may have been the beginning of their last tour but on June 8th Belfast’s Limelight erupted with the sounds of The Dillinger Escape Plan. They did not disappoint.

However, the first person on the stage was Trenchurian…

Which while good for what it was, did not fit the bill - a DJ!

It didn't suit the music for the night and was a clear disappointment. But this was the only poor part of the night seeing as nearly everyone was sitting there bopping about, chatting and not engaged with the DJ set. Dillinger Escape Plan do have a tendency to be contrary...

The night then proceeded to explode into action as Dillinger Escape Plan came onto the stage and immediately got to work. And, they managed to keep the same intensity throughout the night. It was complex and aggressive just what you need on a Thursday night

The room opened and a pit ensued, as expected, the crowd where all in full flow by the end of the first song.

The energy of Dillinger couldn't have been any more powerful. Puciato has said that this is the “thematic conclusion of our band”, but throughout the audience at the front was baying for more.

They where hopping on top of the amps jumping about the stage and stage diving the whole show yet they never a missed beat throughout.

Quiet an achievement for those witnessing the complexity of their music first hand. It was some show they put on. I'm not sure how the Limelight survived.

Overall, it was a great night with Weinman and Antreassin’s guitar inter-plays mesmerizing those not moshing.

Dillinger Escape plan played a phenomenal set and made the night one never to forget. There are very few bands like them and even less who come close to even being as energetic as them let alone as talented as them. Sadly this is their last tour for the meantime.

However, what a way to say goodbye!

‘Dissociation’ may be the last of their recorded legacy, but one suspects that the core of the band may return in some shape or form. Given the mixed musical styles – many melded throughout the evening – the members have much more to offer.

Review by Zakk Traynor
Pictures by Darren McVeigh

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