Review – Dysteria: Fuck the Future

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  • Bio: "Anti-humanity hardcore from North London, England" - Bandcamp
  • Label: Self-release, Wooaaargh Records (2015)
  • Release Date: February 11th, 2014 / May 13th, 2015
  • Genre: Crust Punk, Death Metal, Grindcore
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Dysteria is a London-based band that is based on the foundation of crust punk, but is known to dabble in a number of other styles. Among them are death metal, grindcore, and even a hint of doom metal when applicable. And, well, that mixture is exactly what you receive with the four-piece’s debut album, Fuck the Future. It’s an an eight song explosion that clocks in just over twenty-three-and-a-half minutes, is being handled by Wooaaargh Records, as well as digital distribution through the group’s own Bandcamp account. But is this gritty debut offering worth the experience, or is it one best left lost in the surge of “dis-” and “dys-” branded idol-worship quickly clogging up the style’s pipelines of creativity?

Fuck the Future presents itself as a dirty powerhouse of hostility right away with “Thirst”. The bass-heavy music only adds to the layer of filth presented behind the mixture of gristled and harsher shouting, hammering the listener with faster paced punk and hardcore riffs and drum patterns just shy of treading into blast beat territory. However, as you approach the two-minute mark, things slow down to a soul crushing pace, channelling their home countries noted doom metal roots nicely to cast a shadow of hopelessness over the once infectious venomous performance.

Meanwhile there’s “Defaultocrat”, a slow-moving piece of doom-laced sludge that leaves you feeling like you’re under some kind of ritualistic spell, floating along lifelessly in the dank swamp as visions of mourners follow you along despite the earlier government-based audio sample. It’s a nice introduction that bleeds into “Quadraplegic”, a mid-tempo piece the relies a lot on attitude of the grooves presented. Sadly, it isn’t that strong a piece, though not weak enough to be considered filler. If anything, it’s the drum work that stands out, as do some of the Southern atmosphere around the minute-and-a-half mark, a trait that Dysteria excels at easily.

“Carvery” is a nice mixture of traditional death metal and grindcore ideas with some catchy hooks thrown in for good measure. Against that, the rich bass guitar presence makes itself felt, adding a little more aggression to the mix before wrapping up with more of a sludge metal groove that almost comes out of nowhere, but a nice continuation of the attitude presented in a way to slow things down, becoming more of a short breakdown in the vein of Dystopia instead of a Discharge or Napalm Death template. The former still exists within the album to an extent, such as during “Epitaphs”. The main difference compared to that group’s Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing is the louder, deeper tuning of the bass guitar and how the music often can reflect the likes of Eyehategod, like when the pace slows towards the end despite the sudden blasting that occurs within it.

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While Fuck the Future is a nice concoction from styles ranging through crust punk to death metal, Dysteria‘s more memorable material here are those with a strong sludge influence, especially when coupled with doom metal. Sadly, this is kept to a surprising minimum, though doesn’t hurt the overall experience of the album. Fuck the Future is a gritty recording with plenty of catchy songs fans of any bands mentioned in this review will easily enjoy. While still available [at the time of writing this review] as a digital purchase through Bandcamp, this is a release meant to be heard in an analog format, so keeping an eye out for the vinyl pressing is a must to get the full impact of the down-and-dirty levels of aggression and angst that Dysteria present here.

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Wooaaargh Records via Twist and Shout PR.