Dystopia (USA) promo (1994)

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This tape is a compilation of tracks from the band’s the split-LP with ‘Embittered’ & split-EP with ‘Grief (both 1993), and the Human = Garbage LP (’94). The people on the recordings are: Matt ‘Mauz’ Parrillo (guitar/vocals; nowadays in ‘Kicker’), Todd Kiessling (bass), Dino Sommese (drums; later ‘Noothgrush’, etc.) & Dan Kaufman (who did vocals early on). ‘Dystopia’ (from Huntington Beach, California) ‘s music was termed ‘sludge’ (a mix of heavy metal and crust-punk – “doom-laden, metal-tinged, down-tuned punk”). Their sound embodied all of the horrors, pain, agony and desperation of modern day society; brutal, hateful and misanthropic – a “love earth – hate people” philosophy..

This tape was published by Artur Florian (Dwie Strony Medalu label, “two sides of the coin”) from Bielawa & distributed by Czarny Kot recs from Słupsk (Poland) for promotional purposes. ‘Mauz’ gave permission to re-publish it here. The band played at the Vort’n Vis (94-10-09) and did another European tour in 1997 (where I saw them doing a surprise show).

From my review (in Tilt #9): >>Their music is pretty innovative and combines the best of HC, experimental rock and metal. The riffs, drumming and arrangements (with weird effects) are very inventive. The growls and screams – done by the drummer and guitarist – add very well to the gloomy and threatening atmosphere. The sudden outbursts are (especially live) so extreme, that the adrenalin gives you a rush. Again, the right stuff to exorcise your anger and despair. Atypical for HC but fuckin’ brilliant!<<

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