“Can you hear the sound of an enormous door slamming in the depths of hell…?”
Discharge are a British punk rock band formed in 1977 in Stoke-on-Trent by Terence Tezz Roberts and Royston Rainy Wainwright. While the band undergone several line-up changes throughout 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.The band is characterized by a minimalistic approach to music and lyrics using a 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. The band's sound has been called a grave-black aural acid assault. Discharge paved the way for an astounding array of politically motivated musically intense and deeply confrontational bands. Discharge was explicitly political and used a revolutionary/activist attitude that moved hardcore away from its pub rock origins and towards a dangerous and provocative territory.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. Treble magazine calls HNSNSN one of the ten essential hardcore albums in a list that includes Black Flag's Damaged and the Dead Kennedys' Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. 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 various extreme metal styles such as thrash metal black metal crust punk and grindcore. The band's brutal extremist approach and extreme thrash noise style of playing eventually led to the thrash genre. Discharge's influence on heavy metal is incalculable and metal superstars such as Metallica Anthrax and Sepultura have covered Discharge's songs in tribute. Discharge was a major influence on at least two generations of metal. Along with Napalm Death and Extreme Noise Terror Discharge have been credited for laying the groundwork for grindcore. The musical genre of d-beat is named after Discharge and the band's distinctive drumbeat.