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Discharge: Why [reissue]Why [reissue] (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: WillWill
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When did underground rock become a musician's craft? The "mathematical" approach of bands like Coalesce and Converge would have you believe that it takes some sort of genius to create great noise. These days I find a lot of hardcore, while interesting, is more than a little contradictory considering.
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When did underground rock become a musician's craft? The "mathematical" approach of bands like Coalesce and Converge would have you believe that it takes some sort of genius to create great noise. These days I find a lot of hardcore, while interesting, is more than a little contradictory considering its essential roots, which consist basically of this band and maybe a couple of others.

Discharge's music is ugly and jagged without the artistic convolution of their no-wave contemporaries overseas, nor the bluesiness of early UK "speed metal" like Venom or Motörhead. It is catchy, repetitive, stomping chords that literally anyone can play, accentuated by drumming that seems to emphasize creating a hellacious racket rather than keep a steady beat. Song subjects are all very serious and socially conscious, yet the lyrics themselves seem more informed by emotions than political studies. Instead of creating a melody, vocalist Cal's grunting shout merely blends in with the rhythm, a fourth instrument unto itself.

This was "three chords and the truth" taken to heart, all the way by four guys who refused to be photographed when not performing or to record on anything that had more than 8 tracks.

"Why", the 12" alone, revolutionized everything. It quite literally gave way for the atonal shredding of hardcore punk, thrash, death metal, and grind, but also the dead-serious political ideals and brutal backing of crust hardcore.

This recent reissue also includes their earliest 7 inches, filled with countless classics like "Always Restrictions," "Fight Back," "It's No T.V. Sketch," and the instantly recognizable "Decontrol."

"Less D.E.P., More Discharge"

 

 
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Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

Hey, you could say the same about Deicide and Minor Threat.

-Will

sickboi (August 24, 2005)

“Less D.E.P., More Discharge”

Gaaaaarrrrrr, grumble. Must...be....old...music....to ....enjoy....

Seriously, no need to take a stab at DEP to give Discharge credit.

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

gotta love the fuckin d-beat

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

I agree with the More Discharge More DEP comment. I think when a band can play insane-o complicated shit and still make memorable music, it's a good thing. I also think that there will always be a place for the balls out noise fuck of bands like discharge. I don't see why there has to be a choice between one or the other.

Meh.

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

First off......if it sounds good....whose to define what "knowing how to play" is? It's just unconcventional, and I for one hate conventional crap. As far as I'm concerned, Eddie Van Halen can't play because he's boring to me- Greg Ginn, on the other hand, is a master in my opinion....because no one else can send me flying around in fits the way he does. And as far as complexity goes, I think the Bad Brains later stuff (like Black Flag's) was just as good as the early stuff....the recordings weren't as intense.....but live they were still as intense as the early days.

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

That's not idea at all, bannedinct.

What I'm saying is that you don't need to know how to play your instruments to make some awesome punk rock. In fact, most punk and hardcore bands were actually a lot better when they were just starting. Compare the ferocity of early Minor Threat to their later, less abrasive material. Or the Boston crew bands who all went from great hardcore to shitty cock rock because they learned how to play their instruments. Or (as your name references) the Bad Brains themselves, whose most complex stuff is their most boring.

Math metal bands may have a hold on their instruments, but their execution often consists of none of the essential energy of simpler rock n roll. It's just boring.

-Will

PS- I think it's also worth nothing that the Bad Brains were big time Discharge fans.

bannedinct (August 22, 2005)

Yeah man, fuck knowing how to play your instruments.

stevejonestherealbones (August 22, 2005)

""alot of people fuck it up...its just too bad you did it after you changed your name"

Yea, but a lot more people fuck up "alot". It's a lot, not alot. Get your own shit straight before commenting."

fuck, i wish you werent anonymous. because i know you sat there for a half fucking hour making sure you had everything in place in those sentences. quit being a bitch spelling man. i wasnt the one that called him out on it anyway.

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

"alot of people fuck it up...its just too bad you did it after you changed your name"

Yea, but a lot more people fuck up "alot". It's a lot, not alot. Get your own shit straight before commenting.

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

Will isn't a punx name!!

lol_omg_wtf_nambla (August 21, 2005)

This is a good review. As someone who often disagrees with you, Will, I say good work. I think I got a little desensitized to this kind of stuff after every opening band at Gilman tried to do this exact thing. Discharge is really good though, and it's good to roll this out every once and again to keep one's mucical tastes in perspective.

rkl (August 21, 2005)

"all the shit theyve done" is right.

psychoos231 (August 21, 2005)

wow BSD has been repackaged as Will.
Nice review Willy

SenorRefresco (August 21, 2005)

It's weird how fast they've turned into one of those bands where you either love them or hate them, but when you think of all the shit they've done it's not that weird at all.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

How about " Against This? " and your symbol can be AT$

-Will

CrookedSuperhero (August 21, 2005)

We'll do some acoustic songs so people will labels us folk-punk!!!

rkl (August 21, 2005)

crooked, lets start a cross continental band. we can call it Against Against Me.

joeg (August 21, 2005)

already reviewed but its nice to see the word discharge anywhere on the reviews panel.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

BSD doesn't have the catchiness my manager insisted upon.

In Memoriam: BSD (2002-2005)

-Will

Russe11 (August 21, 2005)

So..Will..why the name change?

CrookedSuperhero (August 21, 2005)

Against Me is overrated. There are hundreds of reasons not to like the new album.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

PS- The worst thing is that I probably added those "literally"'s after I wrote the sentences. Oh well. I think the rest of the review is satisfactory. For something that was evidently reviewed 3 months ago!

-Will

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

At least my review is short..

Hey I just figured out that if you sing the Chicken Fries song along with "Left Me Behind" by the Voorhees, it works.

-Wil-LSD

rkl (August 21, 2005)

why sully this review with mention of overhyped crap?

stevejonestherealbones (August 21, 2005)

WillSD,

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=literally


http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=figuratively

alot of people fuck it up...its just too bad you did it after you changed your name

- jones the bones

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Please tell me someone else has heard the new Against Me!...fuck all you haters in the asshole, T.S.R!!! There Is no reason for anyone not to like this album...and I will be buying both the CD and 2xLP on Sept. 6

Unprotected Sex With Multiple Partners gives me chills everytime I hear it...

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Ha. Wait. I read that as "discharge=senses fail"

I fuckt ^

-Will

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Lame attempt at flame bait...

You should have been like "Maybe I'll check these guys out if Finch covers them for T-H-A-W"

-Will

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

discharge>senses fail

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Dec. 13

Russe11 (August 21, 2005)

I refuse to know BSD as Will. BSD is BSD. Nothing can change that.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

BSD, errr I mean Will, what day of the year does your birthday fall on?

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Condoleeeeeeeeeeeeeza!

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

No, I've seen it used like that other places. Like uh when something literally did something but not physically.

Like how Discharge literally paved the...

whatever, you like ska.

-Will

skaboom (August 21, 2005)

You used "literally" incorrectly twice in a short review. Ass cracker.

inagreendase (August 21, 2005)

but didn't I just review this like a few months ago?

The original issue.

gladimnotemo (August 21, 2005)

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

"By the way, this is BSD... I'm going by my actual first name now."

Whatever Puffy.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

wha? bsd has a real name?

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

"I mean fuck, how many bands have a "Dis" prefix??"

Yeah, I guess I should have included "d-beat" as a genre unto itself, but I thought it would be covered by "hardcore punk". Like Swedish crust/thrash... I would consider that covered by hardcore punk.

By the way, this is BSD... I'm going by my actual first name now.

-Will

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Hahahaha. Shit. Sorry. I forgot this was already reviewed. Oh well

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Best hardcore band ever, although i think "Hear nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing" was their crowning glory.

AlmostPunkEnough (August 21, 2005)

good shit.

“Less D.E.P., More Discharge”

actually, i think we could use a little more of both.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

It's a messed up, fucked up, FUCKING SYSTEM!

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Uh.... Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge!Discharge! Discharge! Discharge! Discharge!
Thats about all I need to fucking say!

-Ken

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Um......literally a PERFECT album.....but didn't I just review this like a few months ago?- Brandon Sideleau

TheOneTrueBill (August 21, 2005)

I'm very confused as to what their actual albums are. I have "Protest and Survive 1981-1984" and "Clay Punk Singles" which are both best of things and there's a lot of overlap between the two.

aubin (August 21, 2005)

I just bought the Society's Victims set, it's very thorough at 80 tracks, and seems to be a very good overview.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

You could have said so much more about this band. How about the fact that they pretty much created a "punk" drum beat that is imitated all over. If you like finnish, japanese, or brazilian punk and hardcore of pretty much any nature than you really owe it all to Discharge. I mean fuck, how many bands have a "Dis" prefix??

etwiels88 (August 21, 2005)

hah....discharge...

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