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, 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 fuelled 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