The Pains of Existence // A Compilation by Destroy//Exist

Underground music through the pains of existence.

Since it first appeared online, Destroy//Exist has essentially operated by this tagline.

After a full decade of ambiguity, social and political instability, economic turmoil, crazy/incompetent governments, war, and disease, it has become even more apparent that music is a haven and one of the values in life on which one can unequivocally keep relying.

D//E kept going and survived the chaos.

The Pains of Existence, a new digital compilation from Destroy//Exist, arrives to herald the start of the website's ten-year celebrations. Both before and after the site's anniversary which falls on January 1st, 2024, we plan on making these two years a little bit more special.

What is Destroy Decade?
A series of special posts, Destroy Decade is created in collaboration with a group of amazing musicians and record labels. It serves as a virtual celebration of Destroy//Exist being ten years online and is composed of new digital compilations, live performance clips, full live sets, creative visuals and more.

At the time of the album's publication, twenty of the thirty-three tracks included in this were previously unreleased. Eleven champions from the previous release of ours are returning, while twenty-two acts are making their debut on a D//E compilation.

The commendation coming from both the artists and the audience is moving beyond description. Writing and creating content for Destroy//Exist is significant motivation to start the day.

On a personal level, I would like to extend my gratitude to all those who contributed to the realization of The Pains of Existence. Our objective is, and always will be, to create something which has value and will endure.

Sharing part of this poem by TS Eliot feels appropriate; a poem of existential value which expresses a yearning for something beyond the surface, a desire for a greater understanding of meaning and purpose, and a quest for absolution and salvation.

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
                                    Life is very long
Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
                                    For Thine is the Kingdom

Stace Z. Rust

1. A Place To Bury Strangers - I Don't Want To Wait
2. A Very Special Episode - Poison
3. Dead Leaf Echo - You.My.Treasure
4. BYSTS - Blessed
5. Desert Sharks - Ego Death
6. Aerofall - Trails
7. Revolution Above Disorder - Annihilator (Demo)
8. Bizou - Deep F Rem
9. Taleen Kali - Crusher (Astrobrite Remix)
10. VIRGINS - Yearn
11. Cheerless - Hemlock (Demo)
12. Constant Smiles - Be In The Moment
13. Midwife - Angel
14. Lore City - Mind Slayer
15. Iress - Vanish
16. Lotus Thrones - THE STALINIST
17. Waterman Fragment - Nature Abets (Original Version)
18. Theyrgy - Gemini Kid (feat. Jeremy Dawson) [Destroy//Exist Mix]
19. Death Hags - Keep Calling (Dark Forest version)
20. Fotoform - Running (Kim Home Demo)
21. Clone - Woman of the Year
22. Caress - Parasite
23. Bestial Mouths - LostIN
24. Saigon Blue Rain - The Mort
25. Astari Nite - Capulet Loves Montague (Terrified Mix)
26. Darkswoon - AnĂ­male (The Gentry Remix)
27. Lauren Lakis - Take My Hand (Shallow Waves Remix)
28. Iron Years - Control (Demo)
29. Sektion Tyrants - Love & Suffer
30. A Cloud of Ravens - The Tempest (Live in NYC)
31. The City Gates - Claiming Race (Live from the Basement)
32. she-dog - no love (be quiet)

Artwork by Marissa Nadler
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