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Discordance Axis: The Inalienable DreamlessThe Inalienable Dreamless (2000)
Hydra Head Records
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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Grindcore has to be one of the most polarizing genres of music out there. Some people love it; others cringe whenever they hear it. Discordance Axis surely made quite a few people cringe during their almost 10 year career, but they also developed a fiercely loyal fan base, and it’s not hard to see why. “The Inalienable Dreamless” was Discordance Axis’ final full-length, as they called it quits in 2001, but they certainly didn’t go out quietly.
“The fastest band in the world” flies through 17 tracks on here with the kind of blinding speed that is sure to keep your attention. After all, a momentary lapse might cause you to miss a song. Vocalist Jon Chang shows no concern for his own well being, or the well being of the listener’s ears as he shrieks his lungs out like the product of some sort of botched exorcism. But the real star of the show, at least in my opinion is drummer Dave Witte. Some of you may know Dave from Burnt by the Sun, but before that, Dave was abusing the skins with Discordance Axis. Witte’s drumming is nothing short of amazing, with mind blowing speed, insane blastbeats, and the sort of robotic precision that makes you question his humanity. The guitar work, provided by Rob Marton showcases an ingenuity and creativity that isn’t easily matched.
It’s been a couple years since DA was forced to call it quits (Marton suffered from a condition that made him extremely sensitive to loud noises, which as you might imagine, put a slight damper on things), but they still reign as the kings of grind. If you’re a fan of loud, fast, and aggressive music that challenges convention and makes you think, you need to get your hands on this. The band’s other releases are equally impressive, so if you can find them you should pick them up.
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