Dysteria- Fuck the Future

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dysteria’s debut full length Fuck the Future originally came out in 2014, but four different record labels have come together to give it a vinyl pressing. The UK band plays a particular blend of crust punk and sludge that sounds like it’s taken a good deal of influence from both Dystopia and Noothgrush while throwing in the occasional burst of death metal and grind for good measure. It’s a quick burst of all-out aggression and grime, and while Dysteria hasn’t quite reached the point where their individual songs stand out quite as much on their own they’re certainly on the right track and will still appeal to anyone whose ears perked up at the mention of those two bands in the last sentence.

The first thing that will catch your attention when you turn on Fuck the Future is the absolutely filthy tonality that greets your ears. Dysteria has recorded their album in a way that is perfectly suited for the sound they’re going for, as the instrumental tone sounds like a cross between 90s sludge/crust and old-school death metal with an extra layer of grime added for good measure. It’s immediately appealing, and will make you want to crank this one up right from the get go. This album flies by fairly quickly but does manage to move around a decent amount in the process, transitioning from furious d-beat pattern crust punk to slower sections that up the grit and abrasiveness. Sometimes there are even some sudden shifts to all out grind blasting, though this isn’t quite as prominent as an element compared to the crust and sludge. However, while this record is an intense one all the way through I didn’t find that individual songs stood out quite as much. That’s not to say that there aren’t some riffs that will keep listeners coming back, but it did seem like there was room for Dysteria to further integrate some of the bursts of grind and sludgy breaks into the crust in a way that will stand out even more.

Fuck the Future’s vocal style skews towards the higher end of the spectrum, with Dysteria’s lead singer providing one of the more abrasive shrieks/screams that I’ve heard recently. It’s the type of pitch that rips right through your speakers and grabs you by the throat with every word, which definitely works in the band’s favor. Although this range is what dominates much of the recording, there are also some songs where lower growls are added into the mix and the two styles play off of each other to deliver some intense sections. This combination works very well, and there is enough space between the vocals and instrumentals on the recording that you can really focus on both rather than having one drown out the other. Some of the songs incorporate some audio clips that tie into the lyrical concepts, and while this type of thing has been an element I’ve found to be hit or miss on crust/grind recordings the group integrates it well here and what they’ve chosen fits quite well.

It’s clear this band has the dirtier, abrasive sound that works so well for crust and grind down perfectly, but the specifics of the individual songs didn’t quite stick with me as much as I’d originally hoped. That’s not to say that listeners who are really into this particular type of material won’t get some mileage out of it, since any band trying to capture some of what Dystopia and Noothgrush have done is never a bad thing. But it does feel like Dysteria’s still capable of even crazier riffs and more integration of the grind and sludge with their crust punk base. Their social media page says a second album is already completed, and with just a little push I believe that they can reach that level where every moment floors the listener, so keep an eye out for them as they press onward.


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