Ben Weinman Reflects On The End Of The Dillinger Escape Plan

During an interview on Revolver‘s “Songs For Black Days” podcast, Suicidal Tendencies guitarist Ben Weinman reflected on the end of his former band The Dillinger Escape Plan. The musician says he believes “it was not really healthy” to keep the group going.

Weinman said the following:

“I’m proud of Dillinger [but] I feel that it was not really healthy to stay in it. I feel like we were not going to create music that was as inspired if we didn’t intentionally and purposely end in a way that was consistent with how we lived in that band and created that band and wrote music and stuff from the beginning. Like I said, the intention, like, everything has a purpose. So I don’t miss it. Honestly. But I’m very proud of it.”

He also added the following about his current relationship with vocalist Greg Puciato:

“I’m glad he’s doing cool stuff and making cool stuff. He’s out there in L.A. doing his thing. That’s where he is. It’s not really for me. We have different values and different ways of life. And that’s OK. I think we have different values and different ways of doing things and different loyalties and things like that. I’m just the same guy as I always was. I have the same friends from when I was a kid. I still live in New Jersey. I still hang out with parents. I still feel the same way. I feel the same person that sat and made those albums in his room with a 4-track.

I think with me, similar to Mike [Muir] in Suicidal, I’ve probably hurt the band from succeeding as much as I helped the band succeed. You know, that’s something that, when Q Prime was managing Suicidal Tendencies, and they were trying to bring them up with the Metallica and the thrash bands that were doing well, the guy’s so stubborn about his ways that they realized … I think someone there said, ‘You are simultaneously the thing that will make this band huge, and also make the band never huge.’

You know, I’ve always felt that what you say no to defines you more than what you say yes to. And so, yeah, I mean, I feel like I stuck to my guns. And I tried really hard to keep and maintain the values of the band from the beginning.”

As noted by The PRP, Weinman also addressed The Dillinger Escape Plan’s demise while discussing MRC‘s decision to cancel their Kanye West documentary due to the rapper’s anti-Semitic comments:

“Very well said. I do not believe in censorship but there are always consequences and if anything, 20 years of creating and performing Dillinger Escape Plan music has taught me that we are often defined by what we do not do. What we do not accept or want to be associated with. @mrc is losing upwards of $10 million by not releasing this film. A company owned ny a Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew.

There were many decisions I made, sometimes in protest to the other band members, for these reasons. Including ending the band when we did. @Mike Muir and @suicidaltendencies have conducted themselves in this way from before I was born and I’m proud to be along for the ride. Please speak out.”

Killswitch Engage, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc. Members Guest In Loss Becomes’ “Healing” Music Video

Loss Becomes have premiered a new video for their song “Healing.” The clip features cameos from Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach, The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman, Fit For An Autopsy’s Tim Howley, etc. and it can be seen below. The band commented:

“‘Healing‘ is a song about celebrating life after death. Loss is always hard to accept, especially when it’s someone you’re close to, but having that person in your life is a miracle in itself worth honoring through celebration. The upbeat tempo and driving riffs reflect themes of joy & festivity that come to a halt with a monstrous slap bass solo & massive outro riffs that represent the process of mourning, grieving and ultimately, healing.”

[via Revolver]

Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan) Says His New Jersey Animal Rescue Was Recently Hit By Flooding & Extreme Weather

Ben Weinman (Suicidal Tendencies, The Dillinger Escape Plan) has revealed that his “Party Smasher Sanctuary” was recently hit by flooding and extreme weather due to Hurricane Ida. Fortunately, all of the animals were recovered. You can help Weinman out by donating to his Patreon. The musician commented:

“Last night almost my entire animal pen was swept away and all the animals were loose in a tornado. I was lucky enough to get them all locked in the barn eventually. Today we woke up to chaos. My friends came to the rescue and worked all day with me to fix the fencing. I can’t believe how amazing these guys are. Community is everything and I’m so lucky to have these boys and all the awesome people checking in on us. Thank you @keithplumstead @vagrant_forever @brian.metz @franzturdenand @kevvonholt”

[via The PRP]

Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc.) And Empty Streets Premiere New Video For “Fracas”

Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) and Empty Streets have premiered a new video for their song “Fracas.“ That track was previously released through Weinman‘s Patreon and proceeds from it will go towards his Party Smasher Sanctuary. Weinman previously commented:

“I’ve been trying to figure out a way to work on something with Aaron [Thompson, of Empty Streets] for a while now and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to throw a weird one at him, in the spirit of Halloween, while creating more content for my Patreon. Patreon has been such an amazing way to keep me making tunes while also helping me with the ever-growing expenses associated with taking care of approximately 75 farm animal rescues with my wife and kids.”

[via Revolver]

Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc.) Releases New Song With Empty Streets “Fracas”

Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) and Empty Streets have joined forces for a new song titled “Fracas.“ The track is available through Weinman‘s Patreon and a teaser for it can be found below. He said the following about the song:

“I’ve been trying to figure out a way to work on something with Aaron [Thompson, of Empty Streets] for a while now and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to throw a weird one at him, in the spirit of Halloween, while creating more content for my Patreon. Patreon has been such an amazing way to keep me making tunes while also helping me with the ever-growing expenses associated with taking care of approximately 75 farm animal rescues with my wife and kids.”

Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc.) Scores New Film “Red 48”

Ben Weinman (Suicidal Tendencies, The Dillinger Escape Plan) has been recruited to score a new film titled “Red 48.” That movie stars Tyrese Gibson, John Malkovich, and Michael Jai White and The Hollywood Reporter shared the following description of it:

“Gibson will play Kyle Snowden, a troubled former Marine turned child protective service officer who must save an immigrant child from a dangerous criminal who has trapped them and other hostages inside a convenience store. Adding more power to the keg: The store is owned by the Snowden’s stepfather, Sam Safty, being played by Malkovich. White plays Sparks, the Safty’s no-nonsense bodyguard and confidant.”

[via The PRP]

Watch My Chemical Romance, Hatebreed, & The Dillinger Escape Plan Members Cover Misfits’ “Earth A.D.” With Max Weinberg

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Misfits’ “Earth A.D.” with Max Weinberg (Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band), Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance), and Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicidal Tendencies). You can check that out below:

“Two Minutes To Late Night” commented:

“We got three of New Jersey’s most talented hoagies plus a Connecticut Hatebreed in King Danzig’s Court to assemble to form the punk supergroup you had no idea you needed. This is Max Weinberg, as in Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band/Late Night with Conan O’Brien-fame Max Weinberg playing a goddamn Misfits cover. What an absolute dream.

This is our 16th bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. With so many musicians stuck at home with no outlets, we’re going to keep producing these style videos and use the Patreon to give some money to everyone who has a part in them. Please support our friends by donating to our newly redone Patreon at

In other news, “Two Minutes To Late Night” will also be releasing their second volume of covers on August 7 via Bandcamp.

Full Lineup Revealed For Virtual “Slay At Home” Festival

The full lineup for the virtual “Slay At Home” festival has officially been revealed. The event, which was organized by Metal Injection’s Frank Godla, will take place on May 29-30 and it will feature quarantine performances, commissioned music, collaborative covers, and more.


Never Before Seen Performances By:

Suicide Silence
Gavin Rossdale (Bush)
Matt Heafy (Trivium)
Twelve Foot Ninja
Tyler Bates
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls
Darkest Hour
Der Weg einer Freiheit
Employed To Serve
Spirit Adrift
Andy Gillion
Johnny Booth
Moon Destroys
Contracult Collective
Del Judas
AA Williams
Angel Vivaldi
Jo Quail

Commissioned Music By:

“Pallid Veil”:
Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
Dave Davidson (Revocation / Gargoyl)
Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Elliot Hoffman (Carbomb)

“Digital Ink”:
Ben Weinman (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Billy Rymer (END, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Brian Sullivan (Thoughtcrimes)

“Solo Set”:
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)

“DJ M’s Wacky Attacky”:
Manuel Gagneux (Zeal & Ardor)

Cover Collaborations By:

Pustulus Maximus (GWAR)
Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)
Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)
Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)
Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb / Type O Negative)
Ash Pearson (Revocation)
Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil)
Gwarsenio Hall (Two Minutes To Late Night)
Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
Steve Zing (Samhain/Danzig)
Hank Hell (Silvertomb)
Pepe Clarke (Kyng)
Jesse Korman (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Conor Marshall (Sylosis),
Greg Burgess (Allegaeon)
Frank Godla (Metal Injection)
Mrs. Smith
Phil Pendergast (Khemmis)
Justine Jones and Sammy Urwin (Employed To Serve)
Kevin Antreassian (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
DJ Scully (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Billy Rymer (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies)
Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head)
Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through)
John Tempesta (The Cult, ex-Rob Zombie)
Mike Tempesta (ex-Powerman 5000)
Joey Vera (Armored Saint)
Graham Bonnet (Rainbow / MSG)

Guest Appearances By:

Don Jamieson (That Metal Show)
Jose Mangin (Sirius XM Liquid Metal)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed)
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste)
Chuck Billy (Testament)
Chef Brian Tsao
Chef Chris Santos
Jessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black)
Rob Caggiano (Volbeat)

Art Installations By:

Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
Vincent Castiglia
Trine Grimm
Jodi Cachia
Carin Hazmat
Nathaniel Shannon
Kevin Wilson
Rodrigo Fredes
Vertebrae 33
Stefan Raduta

Godla commented:

“By keeping the set times between 5 and 15 minutes for each artist, it allows me to not only keep things moving, but mix it up in ways that conventional festivals simply can’t. Every single hour will contain big names and emerging artists right next to each other.

I’m trying to look at the bright side of our current situation, and not only make this an entertaining way to see the artists you love flex their creativity in new ways, but hope this event acts as a place of discovery for every viewer out there.

Finding a band or artist to fall in love with is the mark of a great festival to me, and it’s my honor to share the work of these amazing individuals I curated because I’m passionate about them. I’ve been in touch with all of them every step of the way, and some even managed to throw me a few surprises.

I’m honored and humbled to have all of them part of this, they truly went above and beyond to showcase their craft for the Slay At Home fest, and I can’t wait for the world to see something really special come to life this weekend.”

Money raised from the event will benefit MusiCares and Global Giving.

Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc.) To Appear On New Episode Of “The Wizard Of Paws”

Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.), who runs an animal rescue with his wife, will be featured on a new episode of “The Wizard Of Paws.” The show will air on BYU tomorrow (April 15).

Original The Dillinger Escape Plan Members Ben Weinman & Dimitri Minakakis Collaborate On New Project

Original The Dillinger Escape Plan members Ben Weinman and Dimitri Minakakis have reunited for a new project. The duo released a new song titled “Choir Boy” exclusively through Weinman’s Patreon. That track also features Organ Dealer‘s Eric Schnee.