So, if I was to think of a influential Hardcore Punk band that had a hand in the developments of Thrash Metal, perhaps Death Metal, Crust, and Grindcore, I would have to say Discharge is one of those bands. This album here released in 1982 could have easily started it all.
What makes Discharge so special above many others? Their musical style first and foremost brutal. This album was also raw, distorted, powerful, heavy, fast, along with vocals that are shouted out, rather than sung. The music is loud and noisy. You can’t get much more raw than this. The music seems to be totally pissed off with society. That leads right to the song lyrics. Lyrically, the themes are about about politics, social happenings, as well as anarchist and pacifist themes. It’s a total war on the system.
The musicianship is excellent! Cal Morris vocals have inspired many throughout the decades. His style of shouting really brings the emotion home of what he is singing about. The heavy and distorted guitar riffs and fast leads by Bones is awesome. Now, harmony is not what this was about, but the bass work that Rainy brings is really good. Keeping the tempo with his style of d-beats is Garry Moloney.
The end result of this album was the influence it had one Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer when they fused this Hardcore style with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Even Groove Metal was inspired by this album when Pantera came along.
1. “Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing” 1:33
2. “The Nightmare Continues” 1:51
3. “The Final Blood Bath” 1:42
4. “Protest and Survive” 2:17
5. “I Won’t Subscribe” 1:39
6. “Drunk With Power” 2:46
7. “Meanwhile” 1:30
1. “Cries of Help” 1:54
2. “A Hell on Earth” 3:07
3. “The Possibility of Life’s Destruction” 1:17
4. “Q: And Children? A: And Children” 1:49
5. “The Blood Runs Red” 1:36
6. “Free Speech for the Dumb” 2:18
7. “The End” 2:32