Dystopia (band)

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Dystopia
Background information
Origin Oakland, California, United States
Genres Crust punk, sludge metal, avant-garde
Years active 1991–2008
Labels Life Is Abuse, Tankcrimes
Website Official Band Homepage

Dystopia was an experimental sludge metal and crust punk band that formed in Oakland, California[1] in 1991. Dystopia was popular in both the heavy metal and crust punk scenes, due in large part to the band's bleak, misanthropic imagery. Dystopia's lyrics often dealt with human emotions and social or political issues such as environmentalism, racial equality, substance abuse, and animal rights.

Members[edit]

Final lineup[edit]

  • Todd Keisling – bass (Confrontation, Mange, Agrimony, Kontraklasse, Phobia, Screaming Fetus, Sex Powers)
  • Matt Parrillo – guitar, vocals (Cantankerous, Mindrot, Medication Time, Nigel Pepper Cock, Drain the Sky, John the Baker and the Malnourished, Kicker)
  • Anthony "Dino" Sommese – drums, vocals (Ghoul, Asunder, Lachrymose, Phobia, Carcinogen, Insidious, Noothgrush)

Previous members[edit]

  • Dan Kaufman – vocals-1991 (Mindrot, Eyes of Fire)
  • Phil Martinez – drums-1991-1993 (Phobia, Apocalypse)

Discography[edit]

Demo[edit]

  • Live in the Studio (1992)

EP[edit]

  • Human = Garbage 12" (1994 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records) This was later reissued on CD with the tracks from the split LP with Embittered and the split 7" with Grief as bonus tracks. All bonus tracks feature Dan Kaufman (who was later in Mindrot and is currently in Eyes of Fire) on vocals. Recorded in February 1994, 3 hours after Todd was sprung from jail.
  • Backstabber 7" (1997 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records/Common Cause Records)
  • The Aftermath 12" (1999 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records) The CD version also has the Backstabber 7" and the splits with Skaven and Suffering Luna. A special release of The Aftermath 12 has an etched logo along with some art work on the B side of the record.

Studio albums[edit]

  • Human = Garbage CD/LP (1994 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records/Common Cause Records) Reissued in 2014 as 2xLP by Tankcrimes
  • The Aftermath CD/LP (1999 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records/Crawlspace Records)
  • Dystopia CD/LP (2008 Life Is Abuse) Dystopia's final album, released posthumously. Recorded in 2004-2005.

Splits[edit]

  • Dystopia/Grief 7" (1993 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records)
  • Dystopia/Embittered 12" (1993 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records)
  • Dystopia/Suffering Luna 7" (1995 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records)
  • Dystopia/Skaven 12" (1996 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records)
  • Twin Threat to Your Sanity[Bongzilla/Noothgrush/Corrupted/Dystopia] 2-7"(2001 Bad People Records)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Anger Brought by Disease" on Cry Now Cry Later Vol. 2 2x7" (1995 Pessimiser Records)
  • "Backstabber" (live) on Fiesta Comes Alive LP/CD (1997 Slap-A-Ham Records)
  • "Backstabber" on Reality Part Two LP/CD (1997 Deep Six Records)
  • "Cosmetic Plague (Rudimentary Peni)" on Whispers 2xLP/CD (1997 Skuld Records)
  • "Anger Brought by Disease" on Cry Now Cry Later Vol. 1 & 2 CD (1998 Pessimiser Records)
  • "Diary of a Battered Child" on Twin Threat to Your Sanity 2x7" (2001 Bad People Records/Riotous Assembly Records)

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