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Discordance Axis

Discordance Axis: Our Last DayOur Last Day (2005)
Hydra Head Records

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This release seems only fitting after the other reissues, unfortunately, this final "closing of the books" on Discordance Axis' impressive career cannot stand up to their own full-lengths. Then again, that is a nearly impossible feat considering how important and landmark those releases were. Our La.
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This release seems only fitting after the other reissues, unfortunately, this final "closing of the books" on Discordance Axis' impressive career cannot stand up to their own full-lengths. Then again, that is a nearly impossible feat considering how important and landmark those releases were. Our Last Day is basically a tribute album of sorts with DA tracks played by bands that were heavily influenced by them, including Cide Projekt, Gate, Mortalized, Melt Banana, and Noiseear. Also included is the full collaboration with Merzbow surrounding The Inalienable Dreamless. All in all, this final goodbye to one of the most influential grind bands ever is a solid one, but still must be seen only in this light, as it simply cannot match the ferocity or importance of their past releases. Also, because different bands are covering a variety of songs, there are a number of elements that differentiate each section; however, all in all, none of them clash, so the flow is kept intact.

This album opens with the last two unreleased DA songs: "Sega Bass Fishing" and "Ikaruga." Both are excellent songs, featuring unrelenting drumming and possessed screaming that have become trademarks, but even so, this only accounts for under 2 minutes of music. Suffice to say, this is not a good place for the uninitiated to start their appreciation for Discordance Axis; for fans, though, it is a fitting tribute.

The first batch of covers is from Cide Projekt, which is best described as a vocal-less Nintendo project. All the tracks are arranged to have that classic Nintendo music feel to them, which actually works surprisingly well here, but the lack of vocals definitely hurt the songs. The 2D synth effects seem to mix well with the frantic drumming, but the songs never achieve the amount of true power or aggression of the originals without the vocals. Because of this, the ten songs covered by Cide Projekt won't withstand the test of time for some listeners; others, however, may not mind the old-school effects and lack of vocals. This section does seem to lead to mounting anticipation for the next section, which can finally fulfill more elements of the sound. The final cover in this section is of "Macro," which is lengthened to nearly 5 minutes, and is perhaps the greatest success of the section. The setup allows the song to be uptempo and constantly changing, but gives it moments of catchiness, before switching to another element. After this batch are two covers by Gate, of "Radiant Arkham" and "The Inalienable Dreamless." Gate rely on the lower growls in their songs, while the music is done quite well, maintaining a muddy feel in the production.

Mortalized take the reigns for the next three songs, and they do an excellent job at recreating the intensity of DA. The vocals are a mixture of low growls alongside the high, incomprehensible shrieks. These three covers are some of the better on the album, and prove to be excellent at increasing the energy even further. Melt Banana is next, but they offer only one song, "Ulterior." It is, unsurprisingly, a good cover, but at only a minute in length, it's hardly enough material from the most important band on this tribute besides Merzbow and DA themselves. Noiseear and Gridlink offer one song each, both of which are competent, but nothing noteworthy.

Merzbow did a remix of the entire The Inalienable Dreamless album, and that appears in its entirety in this album. The track, at sixteen-and-a-half minutes long, is easily the most important and interesting of the bunch, but the remix has always been available for free on Discordance Axis' own website. The track moves back and forth between chopped portions of the album intertwined with passages of classic Merzbow-styled noise and interference. The dissonance works well over the chaotic album, and the two are mixed skillfully together to make an entirely new experience. The often disjointed and repetitive chopped pieces from the album serve as a good backdrop over which Merzbow adds oftentimes random and crushing passages of noise. It is an impressive remix and easily the most important song on this album. For those who want an official, hard copy of it, this album offers a possibility, but since it is available for free, that in itself may not be sufficient for most listeners.
oftentimes Discordance Axis was one of the most important grind bands to ever exist. They justified a genre that was failing miserably at times and was often considered laughable. Their reissued full-lengths still stand as some of the most intense grind releases and must-owns for anyone into the genre. Our Last Day is a fitting goodbye album, but is not a good starting point for those interested in the band. For fans, however, it is an appropriate way to pay tribute to such a good band by many of those artists which they influenced.

 

 
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meitang (October 25, 2010)

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Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

I don't know, I don't think I wrote anything too harsh... It's just hard for me to take it when people who aren't ready to try and understand art begin to judge it. It sucks as much as reading Britain's "Top 100 movies of all time" list... Which was a fucking joke, and a travesty.

It seems like stupidity and standardized entertainment are in vogue over there... They would have to be to put "Fight Club" anywhere near a Top 100 list, let alone the "top ten."

-Will

Lapse (November 26, 2005)

inalienable darkness shreds just about every heavy music act today

-Lapse

Tudor (November 26, 2005)

This album is awsome! DA is pure genius! Too bad this board is filled with whiney pop-tarts who don't know shit about music.

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

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GreenVandal (November 26, 2005)

Have you ever watched someone who has botched a heist start to lash out wildly at everyone around them? Or how about when you catch someone doing somehting they know is wrong? What do they do?

Attack people with no reason!

He wasnt being a dick to you at all crooky. BSD is a dick to everyone so...whatever...reply at your own risk. Just deal with the fact that people DO like this and that your opinion (and Wills for that matter) are not the be all-end all of the cosmos. Fuck man.

WHy cant we all just argue like we used to without getting all proper and reasonable? I fucked both your moms. There, happy?

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

Crooked you got fucking owned, Will has clearly shown that you don't know shit about music so just shut the hell up before you embarasse your self further.

Crookedsuperhero (November 26, 2005)

I didn't bash anyones taste till he bashed mine.

My opinion of this album is that it's horrible. Then he started the same old "ska sucks" bullshit up.

But hey, look who i'm replying to, the BSD fan club. Don't try to tell meto show that guy "respect". Dick.

Russe11 (November 26, 2005)

You know Crooky, there would be no agrument neccesary if you would just recognize the fact that if something isn't your taste it doesn't mean it sucks. Be a little more open minded. No one is really right or wrong when it comes to music, but you can at least show some respect.

Crookedsuperhero (November 26, 2005)

"Art isn't made to be enjoyed, it's made to make a statement"

I guess we just expect different things from "art". I'm tired of this arguing.

Russe11 (November 26, 2005)

Amen Will, nicely said.

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

Please quit trying to decide peoples' tastes- It's clear that the concept of art is foreign to you... First of all, you cannot say how this sounds without listening to it. Lots of people find grind and hardcore honestly catchy (I know I do) and in an odd way, danceable. It's not the kind of catchiness that you find in The Beatles or your pop punk, but it is hooky- Most grind bands are creating much more than a blur of noise. Look at early Napalm Death or Carcass- Unless you dismiss it for its sheer speed, you can't say that the change-ups, contrasts and riffs aren't at least interesting.

Secondly, don't pretend that just because you're too lazy to try to understand noise-rock and experimental music, that anyone who does is kidding themselves. Art isn't made to be enjoyed, it's made to make a statement, and if you don't get that, you truly missed the point of that whole "punk rock" thing. Just because you're afraid of anything that's not nice and smooth and happy as sunshine doesn't mean that that's all that there really is to art.

Thirdly, if you're going to try to say grind doesn't have enough depth to be "art," look at how much work this band puts into making their songs. If you play any instrument at all, you'd probably be able to appreciate that aspect of it.

And I never said "any band influenced by Op Ivy sucks," I said that the third wave copycat bands are non-artistic. Bring something new to the table, please.

-Will

Crookedsuperhero (November 26, 2005)

Man, proof if proof be needed that BSD dosen't have a taste in music, and just likes whatever is considered "different" or "classic".

"Op Ivy rulez, but any band influenced by them dosen't". And i'm sure in the past you've described the Bosstones as pop-punk with horns or something, showing you can change your tastes whenever you need to agree with someone.

You know what else? So called "impressionism" and "expressionism" dosen't interest me at all, but at least some of it looks nice. This doesn't sound good, no matter how many times you grit your teeth and listen to it, and to me, sounding good is just what music should do.

I'd quite like to know what you consider "3rd wave ska", because if you mean bands like the Suburban Legends or shit like that, i don't listen to it, and i've got a funny feeling you don't know what the fuck you're talking about.

Ugh, i wish i hadn't bothered writing that now. Anyhow, this shit sucks. Grind is the worst genre ever to be created.

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

Crooky, how would you know what it sounds like?

Do you also think free jazz is worthless music?

Your tastes must be pretty bland if you think music that isn't instantly palatable and bubble-gummy is bad... It shows that you have no appreciation for art. I'd compare it to someone who doesn't think of expressionism, impressionism or surrealism as "real art."

And GreenVandal, I'd definitely give anything else by DA a chance. This CD doesn't have enough of them, but their actual albums are unpredictable and very fun to listen to. The guitarist does some very interesting stuff, and while it may not be the soundtrack to a mid-90's teen movie that Crookie is looking for, he is not without his fair share of memorable hooks.

JoeG, I have nothing against The Bosstones. They came before the real Third Wave thing, which I blame on Op Ivy (still a good band). Third Wave Ska in general is okay, but it's the most repetetive, unremarkable musical movement of recent times- I wouldn't even call it art.

-Will

GreenVandal (November 26, 2005)

I threw a extra ass in there because I felt like it.

GreenVandal (November 26, 2005)

I never listened to this but for some reason i think i have a pretty clear picture of what it sounds like.

If that makes any sense.

Commence Crooky VS. Will round 3000.

You never colored outside the lines when you were a kid did you crooky? I also have a feeling that the crazy ass 64 color ass box ( ya know, the one with the sharpener built into it) scared you and you much prefered the 8 pack. Just more random assumptions.

joeg (November 26, 2005)

will, do you approve of the mighty mighty bosstones? b/c i really really like those guys and you know, i was just wondering what you thought......

Crookedsuperhero (November 26, 2005)

Pity it dosen't sound good.

Still, who looks for that in music.....

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

Yes, this music is actually much more technically proficient, as well as more genuinely artistic than third wave ska and 90's Epitaph punk.

-Will

Crookedsuperhero (November 26, 2005)

Genius.

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

In a good way.

Hahahah.

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

This band is like (start idiotic comparison now!) getting your hand stuck in a blender while robot tentacles rape your ass and mouth.

In a good way.

-Will

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

this band is awesome, i should check this shizz out.

Anonymous (November 25, 2005)

I've been listening to this record non-stop since I got it. I love it! great to see a review on here, Punknews is getting better with the good bands

Anchors (November 25, 2005)

I pressed the post button too early, that comment was also supposed to say

...Eeven if most of the album wasn't actually recorded by them.

Anchors (November 25, 2005)

Extremely happy to see this band reviewed, and well.

sallyjesse (November 25, 2005)

DA is absolutely the shit!
melt banana is my wet dream. one of the best live bands EVER!!!! they're touring in europe soon so all you blokes go see em.
Dave, the drummer for DA, burt by the sun, and Melt Banana(stae side) is a really nice guy and one helluve a drummer.
all thats left to say is Discordinant Axis rules and i love em.

ElVaquero (November 25, 2005)

Aren't a lot of these previously released? I know there was a split with Melt Banana where they covered each other's stuff.

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