Dystopia Na! – Dweller On The Threshold

Rating: 2/5
Distributor/label: Avantgarde Music
Distributor/label URL: http://www.avantgardemusic.com/
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: http://dystopianow.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/dystopianaa

DystopiaNa1Band line-up:

A – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
S – Guitar, Bass, Vocals
K – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
KK – Guitars


1. Doppelganger
2. Intruder/Ephialtes
3. Shadowcasting Horologe
4. Through Mirrors, Darkly
5. Moment of Lucidity
6. Winding Stares into Nothing
7. Lucidity (Phase II)
8. Cold is the Colour
9. My Eyes Are the Atoms of the Sun
10. Final Encounter


I’ve never been really into Depressive Suicidal Black Metal, with the exception of a few bands who have managed to make sadness and upset something fascinating, but it is another area of metal which has become saturated with landfill bands who all sound the same.

And this release by Norwegians Dystopia Na! is no exception. This album, DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD starts off with some hope and positive vibes and has some depressive bites like a piano on ‘Intruder/Ephialtes’ but then it slowly descends into everything I can’t stand about this subgenre.

‘Through Mirrors Darkly’ has some interesting use of the splash cymbals and there’s some clean vocals here and there, but it just gets boring as if the band have lost interest. Maybe they were too depressed to think their music would sound good enough.

‘Moment of Lucidity’ had a slightly more soothing atmosphere, but by then I was wondering where this album was going. There’s no feeling of whether this album was made to ease the pain or just to tell stories of how depressed a guy feels. This album is all over the place, moments of hysteria, moments of happiness and I just got lost in the music by the last two tracks.

If they were singing about a person going insane, this band have captured that nicely, but I don’t see this as being anything like Forgotten Tomb or Darkspace. This is another landfill DSBM band whom I’m glad I’m not listening to anymore.

Review by Demitri Levantis