Dystopia
Human = Garbage


4.5
superb

Review

by ApplicationToHeaven USER (7 Reviews)
October 15th, 2011 | 140 replies | 12,274 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pure misanthropy

I can think of very few moments where music has made me feel literally unsettled, this may be because most music that is focused primarily on anger or depression is too over the top to be truly taken seriously, but I distinctly remember my first time listening to Human = Garbage's opening track 'Stress Builds Character.' The utter grief and discontent that is projected with every agonised scream has an effect on me that little other music has. This completely unrefined expression of the futility and emptiness of modern life is one of the most powerful things I've heard.

Musically, Dystopia lie somewhere between sludge and crust, combining slow, dark sections with faster aggressive sections. The riffs are all crushing and brutal. The guitar tone is also noteworthy, instead of the usual distortion soaked tone, there is prominent use of a chorus like effect, which adds to the sound, and make sections like the transition in 'Ignorance of Pride' stand out. Aside from this the music does not really go against the norms of the crusty-sludgey style, the riffs are crushing and the drums are pounding, just how they should be.

Part of what makes the album so powerful is the utterly down to earth nature of the lyrics. There is no complexity to the lyrics, and although this may sound like a criticism, given the context of the music, they fit perfectly. Each song has a clear theme, ranging from misogyny, to suicide, to gang violence. Throughout the album there is prominent use of samples, they are especially effective in 'Sanctity' where stories of peoples' suicides are sampled, as well as in 'Love/Hate' where the song 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' is sampled, giving a sinister feel to the song, given the context of the track.

The pure anger and misery that is constantly present on this record make it undoubtedly one of the most disturbing, depressing and misanthropic records I've heard, and this is in my opinion an essential part of any sludge/crust/doom fan's collection.



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ApplicationToHeaven
October 15th 2011


1561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

k





ShadowRemains
October 15th 2011


20687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules

the lyrical discussion in the first paragraph should be moved to the third paragraph and there's a few grammar/spelling mistakes

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ApplicationToHeaven
October 15th 2011


1561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its only my second remember that

edit: lol deleted comments

EyesWideShut
October 15th 2011


3145 Comments


good album and dont gotta problem with the review. keep it Krusty.

Idnuf
October 15th 2011


1491 Comments


Lyrics part is repeated, otherwise w/e not worth a pos or neg

ApplicationToHeaven
October 15th 2011


1561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh yeah wtf i meant to delete that from the first paragraph thanks for pointing that out

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2011


15737 Comments


love "stress builds character"

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Blackbelt54
October 15th 2011


4269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really need to get this

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Wizard
October 15th 2011


19383 Comments


This sounds good.

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eternium
October 15th 2011


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I swear this had a review before.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2011


16373 Comments


This album is amazing

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balcaen
October 15th 2011


3183 Comments


yeah album gives me nightmare tbh

seedofnothing
October 15th 2011


3425 Comments


excellent usage of slower tempos and shifts, vocals fit well, however gets a little cheesy for me,
maybe im not used to that screamo shit, if it was just the lower reg vox i would play this often

Relinquished
October 15th 2011


24993 Comments


album is so real

Spare
October 15th 2011


5291 Comments


more like 5/5

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2011


23814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i just got this and have still yet to listen to it, needless to say im pumped to hear it. and yeah review is meh

Ire
October 16th 2011


41762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best album ever

i'm going to get a job and kill myself

Colliiiin
October 16th 2011


671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I DON'T EVEN LIKE MONEY

Album rules.

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r0bbb
October 16th 2011


247 Comments


agreed. heard the first song right now and fuck yeah this rules hard

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Maniac!
October 16th 2011


26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Duh



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