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Discharge

Fabiola Santini

Discharge, Eyehategod, Toxic Holocaust, Nam Land 

When: Sat., Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $25
I’ve long felt that my scuffed, nicked-up, slightly brutalized copy of Discharge’s 1984 LP Never Again—a compilation of tracks from their grating debut full-length, Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing, as well as other early EPs—represented the perfect medium for capturing the blare of the progenitors of D-beat. If you’re unfamiliar with the relentless, tumbling Discharge-branded rhythm, imagine running at full speed, tripping, and barely keeping your balance as you flail forward in a perfect line. It’s like that. Add in the raunch and bile of Kelvin “Cal” Morris’s gargling vocals and the metallic, industrial-like grind of guitar and bass—all of which often sound like they’re working independently of one another—and you’re gifted with the percolating black mass of Discharge. Or at least that’s classic-era Discharge, the one that helped birth politically fueled crust and grindcore and made a very real impression on that old Hetfield curmudgeon. Morris exited the band in 2003 following decades of starts and stops and was replaced by JJ Janiak, who on the recent End of Days (Nuclear Blast) imitates his creator’s growl with a filthy gusto. And with tracks like “Raped and Pillaged,” “Hatebomb,” and “Killing Yourself to Live,” it seems safe to say that Discharge are plenty good and happy reminding us that we’re all still fucked.
— Kevin Warwick
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