Existence Dysphoria: With an aggressive droning intro!

Existence Dysphoria – Minus Negative

London sludge outfit Existence Dysphoria release new song Sculpted Into Nothing from their upcoming debut album Minus Negative which was released on Sludgelord Records July 1st, 2022.

The band comments: « Sculpted Into Nothing sets out our M.O. perfectly. An aggressive droning intro gives way to clattering riffs that savage the listener into a state of delirium before lulling you into a false sense of security preceding the final barrage of riffs. This is sludge with bad intentions. We are Existence Dysphoria!’”

London-based savage sludge outfit Existence Dysphoria is preparing to unleash an epic cathartic experience through monstrous noise. Spawned from a chance meeting at the mighty Desertfest in 2017, the band have been diligently forging a sound they truly believe in; an obnoxious blend of stoner doom, space-rock and aggressive angular sludge. Following their 2018 Shattered EP, Minus Negative is the trio’s debut album.

Guitarist/vocalist Ben Ambros comments: «The term ‘Minus Negative’ refers to the self-perpetuating cycle of events that leaves the individual at a state of worthlessness. This toxic cycle has many ugly manifestations. The listener shall perceive this as they see fit. Produced and mastered by Wayne at Bearbiteshorse Studios, he was an absolute wizard and we smashed out the whole thing in 4 days. Was an absolute pleasure to work with him and he really brought out the best of us as musicians».

Existence Dysphoria aims to encapsulate the paradoxes of the human condition. Marrying contradictory nature of humanity, darkness and light, the band draw significant influences from dystopian ideas of societal collapse along with the shadowy underbelly of our realm: hypocrisy, depression, historical fabrications, and drug abuse. Musically the act manipulates the dynamics of their tracks, fusing multiple layers of textures to create a colossal impact.

Minus Negative opens with an enthralling cinematic introduction. The Stage Is Set establishes a dramatic and eerie atmosphere aptly setting the tone for the album. Powering straight into Sculpted Into Nothing deliciously distorted fuzz manifests with pounding percussion and haunting vocals. The heavy doom sound cultivates an intense gloom. Their brutal edge hits hard descending further into the cesspool of filth. Exploring instrumental textures from the distortion fueled to cleaner serene tones, these contrasting elements enhance the listening experience of You’re Worse. The title track encompasses a thrilling voyage through the terrifying and mystifying world we call home.

Existence Dysphoria is unafraid to push beyond the boundaries in their music. The sheer unrelenting power and unwavering audacity from the trio is impressive. They have a clear vision for their work and are bringing it to life with a proficient execution. Minus Negative is a staggering debut album, become immersed in this nightmarish take on reality.

Existence Dysphoria is:

Ben Ambrose: guitar and vocals

Nick Harley: drums

James Bullock: bass.


About Ulf Backstrøm (7437 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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