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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

What the people have been saying, new year and new gigs

It's been a while since I've updated but it's been pretty busy. We've got a few new gigs listed in Brighton, Croydon and Kingston in the new year and possibly a couple of more coming in March. We've also got new merch coming soon courtesy of Arif from the mighty Wormrot. If you haven't yet checked out our still new EP "Born Into The Planet's Scars" then look at what the people have been saying.


"Dead existence have been making waves in london's swamp for a few years now with their brand of doomy sludge. Those familiar with their previous releases will be pleased with their latest effort, as this two-track, 26 minute album is as apocalyptic and neck-destroying as you could wish for. It’s evident that DE have undergone a process of maturity, stripping themselves to their raw bones, and there's no doubt they've benefited from it. Feedback gives way to blues soaked riffs, and black hole-inducing fuzz doom, oozing utter disgust and hopelessness. 'Born into...' is a deserving step forward from DE's increasingly impressive back catalogue and tips them as one to watch in 2012"

Power play

The guitar sound really hits the spot. Down the crooked path lays waste to all its tempo changes that follow, and there is a definite bar raising performance evident in the arrangement stakes. I am literally sitting back nodding my head in appreciation at every twist and turn. This is a pretty damn good effort. It hits all the right spots for the genre and the production is epic and very powerful. 8/10

Metal storm

I heard you like aggression and sickness. So I put some death in your sludge so you can get fucked up while you get fucked up.

Two tracks clocking around 26 minutes of crushing, filthy groovy music. The death influences make everything more suffocating together with intense riffs, fast sections making your blood pumping and some of the most pissed-off vocals I've heard in this disgusting genre. Some calm sections appear every now and then but only as a reminder that danger is around the next corner, waiting to punch you in the throat. The crazy squad that is the British Dead Existence knows for sure how to play sludge the way it should be: Filthy and violent.


Dead Existence have to be one of the most crusty, nasty sludge-metal bands in the world. They are like the musical version of cold vomit, nasty, smelly, and hard to stomach but of course it makes for killer sludge metal music. This EP, captured the band in all their aggressive, ear-shattering glory. A total of 27 minutes of hardcore, punk-influenced sludge-metal and doom.
monster chugging guitar sections that drop away to pulverizing slow, depressive doom passages, gritty, raw, aggressive vocals, strange, almost demented guitar work, some of which makes Dave Chandler sound like Ritchie Blackmore. They mix up tempo changes and such so often, it leaves the listener exhausted but that is the general idea. This EP is out to destroy and that it does.

When planet’s collide

A band that sound like they belch gravel and cry vomit. The songs are jam packed with disgusting riffs covering every interesting influence in the doom genre along side a little bit of all of our beloved NOLA bands.

The Sleeping Shaman

As crusty as a tramp’s cold dead arse, but twice as foul – nay, thrice, this nasty little ep is a certified antidote for the power of positive thought. DE themselves belch forth bleak and charred punk sounds but with violent lashings of power-drunk double-bass blasts and chugging metallic riffage. A festering riot of bent notes, hoarse roars, minor chord misery and tempo-changes Hard and cold metal that has no pretense whatsoever. ‘The rivers running empty and the sky is turning grey’ is a lyrical indicator of a crushingly black pessimism that is perfectly matched by the depressing beauty of the sub-industrial pseudo-psychedelic crust-thrash dirgecore that DE deftly vomit from their atrophied serotonin-starved brains. The musicianship is veteran level metal and the vibe is sitting smoking roll-ups in a foul and cloying 1950s-style kitchen under a bare light bulb, staring through tears at the decaying rat droppings on the greasy floor whilst an empty train rattles by the barred window. Love it. It’s like Maggie Thatcher never went away.

Metalteam uk

The sound and power captured on this release is nothing short of a monolithic juggernaut thundering through a major city with destruction and pain on its mind. Jake’s vocals have improved in both clarity and aggression, without losing any momentum. The guitars hit the low end corner of your mind without a care in the world for any hangover that you may be suffering from. ‘Gutless & Full of Shame’ renders you helpless, just when you think at over 9 minutes the tirade of pure effortless sludge is dead and gone, these chaps extend the arrangement…for another 5 minutes, taking in time changes and mixing up the arrangements once they make sure you are left you for dead with their previous riffs. This recording has captured the live show feel and shoehorned it with a big fat baseball bat onto disc.


There's a lot of influence & variation in Dead Existence's sound, and especially on their second offering; 'Born Into The Planet's Scars'. A tasty mixture of up-tempo, grooved out sludge/ hardcore combined with massive, pounding doom and somewhat atmospheric interludes to stitch the sonic violence together.

Ride with the Devil

Imagine a slower incarnation of Buzz•oven merged with High On Fire... with tracks in excess of 10 minutes. Each of which drag you through a myriad of fused genres - Hardcore meeting sludge, creeping into doom and occasionally fading into drone, and all aptly playing the backdrop for some of the best tortured vocal styling’s I've heard this year. It's truly brutal and goddamn does it paint a picture.

Mass movment media

Listening to Dead Existence is rather like being trapped by a huge wave of slowly-moving molten lead; you can see and feel this huge force moving towards you, preparing to crush you into dust, but there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. They don’t inhabit particularly fast tempos, but rather rely on the brute force of their skull-crushing, all-encompassing heaviosity to cave in your resistance.

Arif Rot from Wormrot

This band is probably one of the heaviest in UK. If you are into SLUDGE, DOOM, STONER, HARDCORE, CURST, METAL, then you are on the right page. Grim as fuck.

“T” from Dragged Into Sunlight’s top ten list on No Clean Singing

Filthy fucking groove. Devastating. EyehateJake.

Viscous Lava Sludge

Someone on Amazon

This latest offering from London's Dead Existence is as misanthropic and brutal as those of us who've been following the British doom/sludge scene have come to expect from the band. This two-track, 26 minute EP is testament to the strength of the British scene and to Dead Existence's place as one of the heaviest, most hateful and uncompromising bands in it. Excellent stuff - highly reccomended.

If this isn't reason enough to go buy it then just download the damn thing. And while your at it download the new Astrohenge album and watch a Bastardhammer video while you wait.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

"Born Into The Planet's Scars" is here.

I come to you with open arms fellow misanthropes, to do as is done in hell, embrace this foul stench, for your quest is over.

Dead Existence hail from London, England and they deliver filth by the ounce, time and time again. Green, sticky and baggied, DE's latest unholy offering "Born Into the Planet's Scars" is culled straight from the wizard's crop.

"Born Into the Planet's Scars" is a bukakke of wolves drawing blood from the likes of Demigod, Mugwart and early Crowbar. There are parts so miserable that you'll wish you were stillborn and parts so heavy that you'll want pick up your nearest claw hammer and harvest some fucking brain.

Complete with art exorcised from Mikhell of the mighty Lazarus Blackstar, Dead Existence are set to destroy stages in 2012.
Fix yourself a line and strap on a crash helmet.

"And the emptiness will grow...."

Misery Forever.

Aquire at these two location: Withered Hand Records
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Sunday, 9 October 2011

New shirts

We have some awesome new shirts available with sick art from Scott Move, make sure you check him out. You can get them in men's brown or grey, and skinny fit grey from our Big Cartel site.
The "Born Into The Planet's Scars" EP has unfortunately been delayed by about a week so they won't be ready for tomorrow, until then you can pre-order them at the Withered Hand Records site.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Hear some new sounds

Born Into The Planet's Scars Preview by Dead Existence

Wanna hear some new vibes?
Have a listen to some samples for our newest release coming out on Withered Hand Records on 10/10/2011. There's an extra 20 minutes 48 seconds that you'll get if you get the CD. If you like what you hear, pick it up at our YOB gig at the Purple Turtle or pre-order it here.

If this aint enough new music for you, check out this new track from our Brighton brothers Dopefight.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Born Into The Planet's Scars

We're proud to announce the upcoming release of our new Extended Play CD entitled "Born Into The Planet's Scars", which will be released on Withered Hand Records this October. The CD has two songs entitled "Down The Crooked Path" and "Gutless & Full Of Shame" totaling to 26 and a half minutes. This is the last recording we made before our brother Ben Lowe's departure so we're very happy we can finally get this out to everyone.
It's currently being printed and has a tentative release date of the 10th of October, the day we support YOB at the Purple Turtle. Many thanks to all the people who helped put this together, watch this space for further updates and sound bites coming soon.
Sludge on motherfuckers!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Band Camp and September Shows

We have a Band Camp!!! I finally got off my ass and set the thing up since I've been finding loads of wicked band on there. Go to and check it out. You can listen to our first full length and our side of the spit with Dopefight. And if your too cheep to buy the CD's here, then you can download them for as little as £1. Bare in mind that the the actual CD's cost only £3 and you wont get the Dopefight side of the split so you'd have to be really stingy to do this.
We're also playing with the awesome Cannabis Corpse at The Fighting Cocks on the 3rd September as well as in Brighton on the 5th of September with our Buddies Slabdragger.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Supporting YOB!!!

Many people, ourselves included, were disapointed that Buzzov*en cancelled twice on the UK this shoud definetly help make up for it. On October the 10th we will be supporting the mighty YOB, along with Dark Castle and Kongh. If any of you have heard them before, then you will know how awesome this is going to be. You can get tickets here, don't wait to buy on the door you don't wanna miss this one.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Buzzov*en show cancelled!!

we are very sad to announce that the buzzoven show is cancelled with no plans to reschedule. anyone who is planning on coming to the "TOMBS / THE SECRET" gig in august we can transfer the purchase over to that show and chuck you a ticket for that instead (£10 adv), or if you want any merch instead let us know. If you need a refund thats not a problem either, just drop us a message
everyone who bought tickets we thank you for the support and apologise for the inconvenience.

see you at another gig you filthy cunts!

-the D.E. scumbags

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Live video's, new song and thank you's.

We'd all like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came down and helped make Ben Stock a great event last week. We raised about £500 for the family who all came down, and we all had an awesome time watching all the bands and hanging out with everyone.
There are a number of videos on Youtube from various band who played. I've linked a video of our new song"Down The Crooked Path" from the yet to be released EP so you can see the new line up in action. It's over 13 minutes long so it comes in two parts. Thanks to "KrisKM" who filmed it, please check out their Youtube channel, there are loads of awesome live videos from underground bands and maninstreem ones.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Gig updates. Memorial show, The Secret/Tombs plus more.

We're happy to announce we're playing with The Secret and Tombs on the 5th of August at the Borderline London. You can Buy Tickets Here and get more info here.
This Saturday the 30th of April is also the Ben Lowe memorial gig at the Unicorn Camden. The line up will include Dead Existence and Void, both of which he was a member of and also, Cythraul, Dopefight, Flowers Of Flesh And Blood, and Nebukadnezza all of which had close links to Ben in some form. Also a there will be a special one off reunion of the band Mundane which Ben was the singer for. The set will feature guest appearences from various vocalists. It is free entry but we will be taking donations which will be going to Ben's family. We would very much appriciate any and all support as this is the final send of for our friend.
We also a total of 6 dates in the month of May and June in various places in England, all info can be found in our live dates section.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

New member, Buzzov*en show reschedualed and upcoming mini tours

We're happy to announce "Staggerin' Matt" as the new bassist of Dead Existence. Some of you will already know Matt from his many Human Disease Promotion gigs, or more likely as 'that guy with the massive beard drinking in the corner'. The line up now stands as Max - drums, Chris - Guitar, Jake - Vocals, Fred - guitar and Matt - bass. We've already played one gig with the new line up and we're happy to say he's fitting in perfectly. We'd also like to thank Steve, Joe and Mark for helping us out with live shows over the past 7 months. In other news, for those who didn't notice the Buzzov*en show was postponed but has now been rescheduled for the 21st of June. Original tickets are still valid and if you don't have one get them here: We've also got a string of gigs coming up the May/June which will include a three day tour with our buddies Dopefight, and the El Schlong album launch so prime your livers and get ready for carnage.

Friday, 11 March 2011

New shirts, old merch and general updates.

So we finally have some new merch available. Photographed is our new "Black Sun Shroud" shirt designed by Michael Cowell, if your ever looking for art please check him out as he is very good: The shirts are silver design printed on black shirts and available in S, M, L, and XL. This shirt is a limited run of 50 and will be available at our show and on Big Cartel.
We still have the "Kill The Preachers" shirt on sale in girls strappy top, vest and skinny fit shirt. We have about 5 Men's sizes left so if you want one its first come first serve.

In other news we're starting the mixing for the forthcoming EP next week, so we'll hopefully soon have a better idea of when it will be coming out. We're also booking dates in Late May/ Early June which will include our New Zealand buddies "El Schlong's" album launch, a few gigs round the country with Dopefight and an awesome all day gig at the Purple Turtle gig on the 5th of June featuring Dopefight, Wiht, Koresh, Parole, Slab, Slabdragger and DKH.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Dead Existence to support the mighty Buzzov*en

5th April this year Dead Existence will be supporting the legendary Buzzov*en at the Underoworld Camden. Anyone who has heard of them will know that they are one of the Grandaddys of the Sludge sceen and that it has been 12 years since they reared their ugly heads. Support will also come from the awesome grincore sludgers 'The Atrocity Exhibit'.
We will be selling tickets at face value £12 without any of the shitty charges that you get when you order from Stargreen or Ticketweb. Message us at if you want to arrange to pick up a ticket. Alternativly you can buy one from our merch page and we'll send it to you free of charge.

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we regret to inform everyone that on the night of January the 6th 2011, Ben Lowe, our drummer and most importantly, our dear friend, left this world. Words cannot, and never will describe the feeling of knowing that we will never again see our brother. Our condolences go out to his family at this sad time. A towering gentle-giant, Ben was a charismatic and upbeat person who always made you feel welcome and never once uttered a dishonest word to anyone. Ben was a passionate musician bursting with creativity whose playing demanded your attention. Originally a singer, Ben became part of the original project that would become Dead Existence, partly for his wish to take up drumming. In the few years that he played with Dead Existence, he went from being a novice drummer to a blasting tyrant of creative beats and ever shifting drum fills. We are proud to have had the privilege of sharing the stage with him so many times.
Despite this recent event the band will continue, as we feel it would be an injustice to let this vision, which Ben had a huge part in creating, just fade away. We are glad to say that before Ben went on his travels to Australia we made one final recording with him. We will do our very best to make sure this recording is completed and released to its full potential as it is essentially his last creation with the band, and more importantly, he was very happy with the outcome which showcases his ever maturing and creative drumming. This release will be the final work created by the original line up of Dead Existence. After this our bassist Maxime will take over the drum mantle and we will in the future find a permanent bassist. We are also happy to confirm that our brothers “Void” the band Ben provided vocals for, will also continue and have recently released a new full length which is an excellent representation of Ben’s phenomenal vocal talent.

Ben, we will miss you. You will always be in our hearts, may you rest in peace.

Fredrik, Jake, Chris and Maxime
Dead Existence

I can’t think of what to say when all these thoughts of all the good times are balancing out this horrible event that has taken you away from us all. I guess the saying “Keep on truckin” applies because you brought so many reasons to smile and laugh and think shit was never as bad as it seemed.....I wish I could tell you that now. I could whittle off countless stories of all the good memories I have of you like the time we drunkenly pretended to be an E4 Camera Crew on a 29 bus one late evening, or when you came knocking on my door on my 19th birthday telling me my favourite band was playing ....that was the greatest birthday I had by far, or when we sat in your room jamming out with you on a makeshift drum kit mainly consisting of a plastic bin and a Steel Cobra drum pedal. Those memories and many more are something I’ll never forget just as I’m sure with everybody else who knew you. You made me believe I could play in a band. You made me think I could bunny hop off a 10 step stair case before common sense took over.....shit I’m reminiscing again but I’m glad I can because the good does outweigh the bad and even though your time was far too short on this earth you made a impact as big as an asteroid destroying a sun, Hollywood special f/x and all. Your drumming skills and vocals were of such awesome ferocity but your personality was the exact opposite. I am forever grateful and honored to know you as a friend and band mate. Your Family, me, the bands you were a part of and so many others will miss you and grieve for you and have to come to terms with the loss but I want to thank you for giving me and everyone else something that will keep us all smiling. Cheers Dude Till the day when we’re sipping 40’s and puffing blunts on the other side. - Chris

Ben was my first contact with Dead Existence. From the beginning he helped me to feel comfortable with the band because of his genuine soft and peaceful way to be; meeting Jake, Fred and Chris for the first time can be a scary experience, as you can imagine... They are assholes and motherfuckers ;-)Until he left for Australia, I was holding the bass in the band and I have so many great memories of playing gigs and rehearsals with him. I will never forget the jams we had, just him and me, while the rest of the band was building cigarettes or went to buy beers. He wanted to do more of that and I wish we could have done it. And I will never forget the jams we had as a whole band either. The connection was there. As a musician Ben had a lot of creativity and that played a very important part in the band. I will never forget those precious moments when we played, gigs and rehearsals, and made eye contact and smiled. This is priceless and it tears my heart into pieces to think about that. Ben was such a generous, sweet, intelligent, funny and caring man that it makes his leaving even more painful. In some bands musicians meet just to play music but that wasn't the case with him. I met Ben through the music but enjoyed a lot spending time with him outside Dead Existence. He was someone without enemies and was radiating good vibrations. You could only feel well next to him and he would have been the first person to cheer you up. Ben I will miss you, you were one of the very best people I have ever known in my life and you left far too early. No one will ever replace you. It is a great honor for me to sit behind the drum kit now and I will always think about you. Life sucks sometimes and I hope you found peace wherever you are now. I loved you and I will always love you. You are the best.R.I.P. Ben. - Max

I remember years ago asking Ben for vocal tips when I first heard him scream, since that day I have never stopped admiring his talent and I will always feel inspired by his enthusiasm and creativity. Writing music with him was a joy and I’ll always remember those great moments we shared when a song started to come together. I have gained so many great memories partying with him, at gigs, in houses, on the road, off our faces dancing to an imaginary Jamiroquai soundtrack and thinking we were space ninjas. All the beers, the jokes, the fucked up side projects and great conversations will stay with me. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to create with him. I couldn’t have asked for a better guy to work with musically or a better friend to share my time with. I am crushed by this loss and I will never be the same. You will never be forgotten Ben. Rest in peace my brother.-Jake

I first met Ben when I joined the now defunct Death Metal band Mundane for which he provided vocals. He came across as more of a chilled out BMX’er who listened to obscene amounts of Cyprus Hill, but I soon found out he was probably the loudest and most powerful vocalist that I have ever played with to this day. You could actually hear him over my guitar amp and the drums before we even turned on the PA. Over the last eight years I’ve had many joyous days with Ben making an absolute racket while drunk off our asses. Whether he was screaming down the mic, or pounding away on the drums, it was always fun to play with him. I also spent many evenings in his room getting high, drinking beer (cider in his case) spending hours playing Super Monkey Ball with Ozric Tentacles, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, and Acid Bath as our sound track. He almost always kicked my ass at that game. Many nights we spent worshiping bands like Discordance Axis and Brutal Truth and we spoke many times of starting our own Grindcore band with an aim to make the fastest and most vile music we could think of. Unfortunately, this is now a dream I will have to pursue on my own.
Ben I will miss you. I hope you are in a happier place and I look forward to one day jamming with you again in the big gig in the sky.- Fredrik