Nothing To Forget: The Dillinger Escape Plan's Final Manchester Show
With The Dillinger Escape Plan completing one last hurrah around the globe before going on an indefinite hiatus, Jay Kirk witnesses them smash up Manchester for one last time...
What a night. What a band. What a crowd. What a bloody gig. The 20th January saw a bitter sweet night for everyone crammed into a packed, and horribly sweaty, Academy 2 to say goodbye to metalcore legends, The DIllinger Escape Plan.
The night was kicked off by Primative Weapns, a post-hardcore band emerging in the New York scene. They played to an almost full Academy 2, an incredible feat for a first support band, and they sure didn't disappoint anyone. Ho99o9, who were Dillinger's direct support were slightly more esoteric, with two lead vocalists, their reception was slightly more mixed, but an interesting set nevertheless.
After an agonising intro, Limerent Death, the single from Dillinger's latest, and final album, Dissociation, kicked in. And what a song to induce the carnage that was to come. With strobe lighting enough to panic someone who isn't epileptic, the set was fast paced, energetic and everything we have come to expect from a Dillinger show. It didn't take long for guitarist, Ben Weinman to jump into the crowd, and vocalist Greg Puciato to find his place on top of the PA beside the Academy 2 stage.
Their lighting may not have been as impressive as Meshuggah's the night before, but who needs fancy lighting when you've got 20 years touring experience and a reputation for live shows that are as said to be crazier than a (old) Slipknot gig? And lets face it, everyone, apart from photographers, loves excessive strobe lighting.
The magnificently structured, and well rounded set saw songs from six albums, accentuating the incredible journey this band have undertaken in the last 20 years. It was during songs such as One of us the Killer and When I Lost My Bet that the crowd really seemed to come back to earth and remember this was the last time this incredible band would rip apart a crowd in Manchester, and it was that factor that made this night so unforgettable.
Just as nothing could go wrong on this nigh almost perfect night, the band had to stop during penultimate song, Sunshine The Warewolf, as it quickly came to their attention there was an issue in the pit. A fan had sustained an injury - thought to be a seizure - and had to be taken for medical assistance, the band were unable to play final song of their set, 43% Burnt. Luckily, the fan is said to be safe and recovering at home.
The Dillinger Escape Plan clearly have a place in many people's heart and memories and they did their 20 years as a band justice as they left their mark on Manchester for one final time.