Dystopia are a band from California that plays a mixture of sludge, doom metal and crust and this is a review of their 1995 album "Human = Garbage" which will be re-issued by Tankcrimes in October of 1014 and also has some bonus tracks from a few split's and compilations.
A very dark sounding bass guitar starts off the album and a few seconds later clean playing and spoken word parts are added onto the recording which are also very angry sounding and after a couple of minutes drum beats start to kick in which leads up to more of a heavy sludge metal direction along with some screaming vocals.
You can hear a great amount of crust, hardcore and death metal elements in the vocals along with a few tracks that are very long and epic in length which also bring in a good mixture of both clean and heavy parts and after awhile the music starts adding in more mid paced parts that shows more of the bands crustcore roots while the guitars also start to add more melody into the riffing.
On some of the tracks spoken word samples can be heard and as the album progresses you can also hear small traces of harsh noise at times and on the bonus tracks you can hear a small amount of 70's influences and melodic chanting while the main focus remains on a heavy and aggressive crust/doom sound along the vocals bringing in more grindcore style growls and screams and on some of the later tracks you can also hear a small amount of blast beats being utilized.
Dystopia played a style of sludge and crust metal in the 90's that still holds up today as well as being heavier than most of the younger bands and you can hear a great amount of aggression and heaviness throughout the recording, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover depressive and misanthropic themes.
In my opinion this was some great material from Dystopia in the 90's and if you are a fan of sludge, doom, crust and grind, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hands that Mode" "Ignorance Of Pride" "Green Destroyed" and "Sleep". 8/5 out of 10.