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Dystopia was an American crust punk group that formed in Orange County, California[3] in 1991. Dystopia was popular in both the heavy metal and crust punk scenes, due in large part to the band's bleak, misanthropic imagery.[4] Dystopia's lyrics often dealt with human emotions and social or political issues such as environmentalism, racial equality, substance abuse, and animal rights.[5] Their music utilized the slow, heavy sound of sludge metal whilst including more up-beat elements drawing from crust punk, grindcore, and noise rock.

OriginOrange County, California, United States
GenresCrust punk,[1] sludge metal[2]
Years active1991–2008
LabelsLife Is Abuse, Tankcrimes, Misanthropic, Common Cause, Pessimiser, Theologian
Past membersDino Sommese
Todd Kiesling
Matt Parrillo
Dan Kaufman
Phil Martinez



Final lineupEdit

  • Todd Keisling – bass (Confrontation, Mange, Agrimony, Kontraklasse, Phobia, Screaming Fetus, Sex Powers)
  • Matt Parrillo – guitar, vocals (Cantankerous, Mindrot, Medication Time, Nigel Pepper Cock, Drain the Sky, John the Baker and the Malnourished, Kicker)
  • Anthony "Dino" Sommese – drums, vocals (Ghoul, Asunder, Lachrymose, Phobia, Carcinogen, Insidious, Noothgrush)

Previous membersEdit

  • Dan Kaufman – vocals (1991) (Mindrot, Eyes of Fire)
  • Phil Martinez – drums (1991-1993) (Phobia, Apocalypse)


Studio Album
  • Human = Garbage 12" (1994, Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records) (Later reissued on CD with the tracks from the split LP with Embittered and the split 7" with Grief as bonus tracks. All bonus tracks feature Dan Kaufman (who was later in Mindrot and is currently in Eyes of Fire) on vocals. Recorded in February 1994, 3 hours after Todd was sprung from jail.)


  • The Aftermath 12" (1999, Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records) (CD version also has the Backstabber 7" and the splits with Skaven and Suffering Luna. A special release of The Aftermath 12" has an etched logo along with some art work on the B-side of the record.)
  • Dystopia CD/LP (2008 Life Is Abuse) Dystopia's final album, released posthumously. Recorded in 2004-2005.
  • Backstabber 7" (1997, Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records/Common Cause
Live Albums
  • Live in the Studio demo tape (1992, self-released)
  • Dystopia/Grief 7" (1993 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records)
  • Dystopia/Embittered 12" (1993 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records)
  • Dystopia/Suffering Luna 7" (1995 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records)
  • Dystopia/Skaven 12" (1996 Life Is Abuse/Misanthropic Records)
  • Twin Threat to Your Sanity[Bongzilla/Noothgrush/Corrupted/Dystopia] 2-7"(2001 Bad People Records)
Compilation appearances
  • "Anger Brought by Disease" on Cry Now Cry Later Vol. 2 2x7" (1995 Pessimiser Records)
  • "Backstabber" (live) on Fiesta Comes Alive LP/CD (1997 Slap-A-Ham Records)
  • "Backstabber" on Reality Part Two LP/CD (1997 Deep Six Records)
  • "Cosmetic Plague (Rudimentary Peni)" on Whispers 2xLP/CD (1997 Skuld Records)
  • "Anger Brought by Disease" on Cry Now Cry Later Vol. 1 & 2 CD (1998 Pessimiser Records)
  • "Diary of a Battered Child" on Twin Threat to Your Sanity 2x7" (2001 Bad People Records/Riotous Assembly Records)


  1. ^ "Dystopia Dystopia (2008)". Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ Pratt, Greg. "Retrospective: Dystopia's "Human = Garbage"". Decibel. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-24. Retrieved 2014-12-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Matthew (2013-02-20). "Miniature History of Dystopia". Terrorizer. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  5. ^ Hill, John (2014-08-06). "Dystopia's Landmark "Human=Garbage"". Vice. Retrieved 2017-07-03.

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