The Best Band in Utah is Disforia

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Disforia - The Age of Ether

Back in August 2014 we asked you to help us find the best unsigned bands in America. After listening to hundreds of submissions and slaying thousands of posers with the true steel of unsigned glory, we have found our pick from the most latter day state of America. The best band in Utah is Disforia.

HAIL, WARRIORS!

I have gathered us here in the hall today to officially proclaim the warriors of Disforia to be the mightiest unsigned heroes of Utah! For those of you who are false and are normally denied entry to the hall (which is most of you,) you are hereby allowed temporary entry while we celebrate the victory of progressive power metal. For those of us who are true, we will be serving hors d’oeuvres and shrimp cocktails once the posers leave.

Disforia wield a blade forged in the duel fires of progressive and power metal. Their debut album, The Age of Ether, (which I wrote about last year,) twists into a dirge capable of delighting both fans and haters of power metal. Their debut exudes sincerity, a bit of depression, and, most blatantly, sci-fi. The lyrics of singer John Yelland tell the story of two characters in a dying world who seek survival, existential meaning, and purpose. The music and lyrics support each other in a way few bands can achieve, building an entire universe for the listener and populating it through vivid musical and lyrical imagery all while moving the plot forward in both storylines. Guitarists Chad Anderson and Dayton Anderson, as well as key-master Austin Bentley, work together as musicians with John as if one mind.

Together, these warriors are an indisputably powerful force. To ensure that all before them are slain in the grandest of fashions, however, they teamed up with some of earth’s mightiest heroes. On “Lunar Sunrise,” Brittney Slayes of Unleash the Archers lends her enchanted voice to the chorus in a very impressively blended and high harmony with John. As if her might combined with Disforia’s isn’t already overwhelming enough, they were able to recruit possibly the most powerful power metal vocalist in existence: Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian. On the pen-ultimate track, “The Dying Firmament,” Hansi loans his power to tell of stars across the sky blinking out as billions of years pass and the march of time steadily overtakes the universe.

As for 2015, Disforia recently released a great cover of the Blind Guardian track “When Sorrow Sang.”

Though my voice carries much weight, I am but one voice among many in this congregation. Hear, O brothers, what your fellow warriors of the porcelain throne have to say about this band:

“This band last record is a perfect example of Power Metal made good. Sometimes complex and progressive, sometimes just skull shatterer metal; Disforia could shine with a tight musicianship, giving emphasis in a delicate song construction. The synths, along with some harmonized guitars doesn’t obstruct the way of the vocals (or even the growls). Good delivering of Power Metal made with sweat and enthusiasm” – Link

“Power metal is always cheesy, but this is no Kraft Single slice of cheese. This is a fine Gruyere, with fragrant aromas and depth of character. Shit’s nice.” – HessianHunter

You can support Disforia by granting them a like on Facebook and buying their music on bandcamp.


The Toilet ov Hell is on an absurd quest to find the best unsigned band in each state of this glorious union. The purpose? To shine the spotlight on bands that deserve more exposure. Also, we’re going to determine once and for all the greatest state in the nation. Each state winner is decided by a collection of 25 judges. After we’ve announced the winner of each state, we’re gonna throw them all in a winner-take-all bracket and leave the votes up to you. Who will be the best unsigned band in the United States? Which state is superior? We can’t wait to find out.

Previous winners:

Alabama — Phylum
Alaska — Terraform
Arizona – Take Over And Destroy
Arkansas – Torii
California – Destroy Judas
Colorado – The Sleer
Connecticut – Autumn’s Eyes
Delaware – Sloss
Florida – Capracide
Georgia – Lost Hours
Hawaii – Darkest Path
Idaho – Rotten Hand
Illinois – Deus Ex
Indiana – Thorr-Axe
Iowa – Blizzard at Sea
Kansas – Bummer
Kentucky – Ad Infinitum
Louisiana – Withering Light
Maine – Sylvia
Maryland – Bereave
Massachusetts – Scaphism
Michigan – Blackgate
Minnesota – Noble Beast
Mississippi – Jared Moran (Yzordderrex/Uzumaki)
Missouri – Existem
Montana – Martriden
Nebraska – Borealis
Nevada – Elephant Rifle
New Hampshire – Eerie
New Jersey – Black Table
New Mexico – Void Ritual
New York – HUSH.
North Carolina – The Seduction
North Dakota – Gorgatron
Ohio – Prize the Doubt
Oklahoma – Cottonmouth
Oregon – Drouth
Pennsylvania – Burden
Rhode Island – Eternal Khan
South Carolina – Solaire
South Dakota – Jelly Nutz Justoner
Tennessee – Forest of Tygers
Texas – Peasant

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