With the official reissue of the iconic Human=Garbage debut full-length from legendary West Coast sludge metal/crust punk missionaries, DYSTOPIA, just a few weeks away, today Cvlt Nation offers up the record in its filth-ridden entirety.
Initially released in 1994 as a five-track LP on the band’s own Life Is Abuse and Misanthropic Records, then followed in CD format as a twelve-track brutalizer with help from Common Cause in Germany, DYSTOPIA existed as a four piece with Mindrot’s Dan Kaufman on lead vocals, their doom-laden, metal-tinged, down-tuned punk and “love earth-hate people” credo reaping instant adoration from the Orange County underground upon forming. The pure, unadulterated anger and misery that pervades this record places it among the most alarming, depressing and plainly misanthropic offerings in creation.
Cvlt Nation looks back, “When humans are fed lies, and are forced to think that corruption is the way of the land, some will rebel. Revolutionary beings have been on this planet since the beginning of time, and the early ’90s was no different. Many punks from my era thought that the scene stopped with us, but the oppression of humanity did not stop in the ’80s, nor did the music that spoke out against it. One band in the ’90s that took the spirit of Cali peace punk to another level was DYSTOPIA. This band took the blues of doom, the filth of crust and the aggro energy of punk and ended up creating their own sound that still kills to this day. You know a band is classic when their lyrics act as a crystal ball into the past, present and future. This is just the case with DYSTOPIA – everything that they sang about is coming to pass…”
Witness Human=Garbage in all its cynical glory courtesy of Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.
Included on the Tankcrimes edition are tracks from the band’s 1993 splits with Grief and Embittered as well as one additional tune only previously released on the CD collection. Visually, DYSTOPIA took influence from both anarcho-punk collage art and graffiti culture, blending images of societal decay, inner turmoil and humanity’s destruction of the planet to create a style that goes hand in hand with the music. The Human=Garbage 2014 version includes a sixteen-page lyric booklet, the imagery proving indispensable alongside these twelve tracks.
Set for official unveiling on October 14th, 2014, the Tankcrimes reissue comes packaged as a double LP on clear vinyl with the aforementioned 7″ x 7″ sized booklet as well as a download card for the digitally astute. The release will come available on CD as well.
Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.
“…a crust-metal classic… the kind of record you don’t want your parents to know you own, lest they send you in for counseling. Truly a sickening, painful, brutal album to listen to, but it is definitely an ’emotional safety valve.’ Not something to listen to when you’re in a good mood, but if you feel like beatin’ the shit out of everyone you see (or worse) consider putting Human = Garbage on.” – Punk News