Training for Utopia (TFU) was a metalcore and industrial metal band which existed from 1996-2000. The band first signed with Tooth & Nail Records and was later moved to Solid State Records, the Tooth & Nail sublabel which promotes heavy Christian music. Training for Utopia subsequently became popular in the Christian metal scene during its active years, although its music was not specifically religious.
Their brief existence included a tour with Zao and at the time the upcoming band Spitfire. It was during this time that the band hired Carlos Colon for their 1998 tour providing synthesizers to their live show. The result was a chaotic and loud sonic assault that stretched across the United States and back. Immediately following the tour Carlos left the band to pursue other aspirations. After a temporary hiatus the band returned with their second full length "Throwing a Wrench into the American Music Machine". After a small tour of the material the band disbanded.
At the demise of Training for Utopia, members Ryan and Don Clark announced that they were starting a new project called The American Spectator which never was realized. Don and Ryan Clark started "Asterik Studio" in Seattle, a graphic design shop where they completed many projects, including album artwork for former label-mates. In 2002, they founded the Christian metal band Demon Hunter.