Just when it was starting to look like Dillinger were set to release two full albums in a row under the same lineup, one of the most shuffled about band lineups takes another shot as guitarist Jeff Tuttle (far right in above photo) leaves the band to pursue film school.

Here are the statements from Jeff and the band, via Facebook:

Jeff Tuttle has been a valuable member of The Dillinger Escape Plan since the beginning of the Ire Works cycle. He started his time with us in mid 2006 in a period of turmoil, and his positivity and team player mentality, his enthusiasm, and his fire onstage, will always be appreciated and will never be forgotten. That being said, for now, as you will read, his future with us is uncertain, but whatever the future holds for our relationship with him, we love him and wish him well and success as a brother who has gone into battle with us for six years, and we hope he enjoys and finds creative fulfillment in film school and his future endeavors. Check out his other bands, and read his official statement below.

– The Dillinger Escape Plan
“To the fans of Dillinger, and to the multitude of people I’ve met, kicked, guitar-smashed, face riffed, or otherwise touched, I’m writing this to formally announce that as of today I will be taking my departure from The Dillinger Escape Plan. The years I’ve spent with this band have been some of the greatest in my life. I’ve seen and done so many things I never thought possible and I will forever be grateful to these memories and to the band that made them possible. I’d like to thank everyone who has given me support and encouragement along the way and to express all the gratitude that fills my bones. Dillinger is a beast that cannot be contained and I have no doubts that the band will continue on the road of destruction. I wish them nothing but the best in the years to come.
Music is in my blood and I will continue making it with Old Gods and my solo effort, Malo Konjche. I will also be taking the opportunity to study film and film production in the fall; something I’ve been deeply passionate about for many years. Life may lead me back to the Dillinger fold in the future, but for now I’ve decided to pursue these creative paths. The past six years have been amazing and I’m lucky to have made it out alive. I’ll never forget the time we shared on stage… the scars won’t let me.
– Jeff

This is a pretty big bummer, as I was starting to get the feeling that Dillinger have finally settled in on a lasting and consistent lineup that we can look back on as the band’s “golden age” of lineups. Oh well; the music was mostly out of sole remaining founding member Benjamen Weinman’s corner anyway, so I’m sure we’ll be getting consistently good music as always. Jeff was more hands-on though, taking on vocals in the finale of Option Paralysis, ‘Parasitic Twins.’ Jeff will be missed, and hopefully he goes on to fulfill his dreams.

– JR

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