Why You Should See Discharge At Rebellion Tonight
Hey You, Go and See Discharge
There are times when a band’s influence is more important and relevant than their own position in the musical world and Stoke’s Discharge are one such group. Whilst you may never have listened to Discharge, you’ve almost certainly heard them vicariously through the stream of artists which took their template and moulded it into their own sound.
Since their formation way back in 1977 and the incredibly pivotal record Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing which followed five years later, Discharge’s influence on grindcore, thrash metal, death metal and other forms of extreme music is nearly unparalleled. Taking a similar musical path to Motörhead, the band pioneered the churning, chromatic guitar riffs, D-beat drumming and drill sergeant-meets-anarchist preacher vocal delivery that have since become metal trademarks.
Unfortunately, the band never capitalised on their own success in many ways, experiencing continuous line-up issues and taking on wild changes in style which proved unpopular. This led to a two break-ups and a lack of consistency which meant that Discharge never really got to the level of a Napalm Death – they just weren’t around enough, not current enough to keep people interested.
In 2016, Discharge are back with a new album, End of Days, and three original members, ‘Tezz’, ‘Rainy’ and ‘Bones’ to re-solidify their position in a scene which they helped definitively shape back in the early 80’s. Now signed to Nuclear Blast, the band finally have the marketing push they’ve always needed and are back in the spotlight. Most importantly, the new record is possibly their best ever, with a razor sharp production leaving them sounding more pissed off than ever.
Luckily I had a chance to see the band live a few months ago at The Rainbow in Birmingham – what a show that was. They may be old dudes, but damn, they bring forth one of the most intense performances, song for song, of anyone I’ve ever seen. In a world now sadly without Motörhead, it’s important to go and see a band like Discharge whilst you still can. And trust me, they’re bringing their A game.
Words: Ben Armstrong
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