Discharge (UK hardcore punk band)

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Discharge are a British hardcore punk band formed in 1977 by Terence "Tezz" Roberts and Royston "Rainy" Wainwright. While the band had substantial line-up changes over its history, the classic line-up from the early 1980s featured bassist Wainwright, drummer Gary Maloney, Anthony "Bones" Roberts playing guitar, and vocalist Kelvin "Cal" Morris (a.k.a. "Cal Voice").

The band is characterized by a minimalistic approach of music and lyrics. Heavy, distorted, and grinding guitar-driven sound and raw, shouted vocals similar to a political speech, with lyrics on anarchist and pacifist themes, over intense drone-like rhythms. AllMusic calls the band's sound a "high-speed noise overload" characterized by "ferocious noise blasts" The band's 1982 debut album, Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing, went to number two on the UK Indie Charts and number 40 in the UK Album Chart. In the early 1980s, numerous singles and EPs placed in the top 10 of the UK Indie Charts, including the 1981 EP Why? (#1) and the 1982 single State Violence State Control.

Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing paved the way for thrash metal, black metal, crust punk, grindcore and various extreme metal subgenres. "Discharge's influence on heavy metal is incalcuble and metal superstars such as Metallica, Anthrax and Sepultura have covered Discharge's songs in tribute." The musical genre of d-beat is named after Discharge and their distinctive drumbeat.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Why Discharge 3 5
1982 Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing Discharge 8
1986 Grave New World Discharge 1
1991 Massacre Divine Discharge 3
1993 Shootin Up the World Discharge 1
2002 Discharge Discharge 2
2008 Disensitise Discharge 1
2008 War Is Hell Discharge 1
2016 End of Days Discharge 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Never Again Discharge 6
1987 1980–1986 Discharge 1
1992 Protest and Survive Discharge 1
1993 Punk and Destroy Discharge 1
1995 The Clay Punk Singles Collection Discharge 1
1997 Vision of War Discharge 1
1999 Hardcore Hits Discharge 1
1999 Free Speech for the Dumb Discharge 1
2002 Decontrol: The Singles Discharge 2
2008 Early Demo’s: March–June 1977 Discharge 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Live at the City Garden New Jersey Discharge 2
1990 The Nightmare Continues... Live Discharge 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Never Again Discharge 4 1
1982 State Violence State Control Discharge 1
1983 The Price of Silence Discharge 1
1983 Warning: Her Majesty's Government Can Seriously Damage Your Health Discharge 1
1984 The More I See Discharge 2
1985 Ignorance Discharge 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Decontrol Discharge 1
1980 Fight Back Discharge 1
1980 Realities of War Discharge 1
2005 MG 15 / Discharge MG 15 / Discharge 1

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