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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Discharge - Realities Of War

Released : 1980
Recorded : 1980
Genre : Hardcore punk
Label : Clay Records
Producer : Mike Stone

Four songs in less than five minutes. Discharge. Should you even need to read any further, 1980s Realities of War EP was the symbolic "shot heard round the world" (at least in the punk/metal underground netherworld) announcing this pioneering British quartet's life-altering, genre-blurring arrival onto the scene. Obviously, there's precious little evidence on hand to shed light on their long-term plans; it's just evident that Discharge are anti-establishment, pro-rebellion, anti-instrumental indulgence, and pro-guitar solos. And yet, such is the densely-packed power of one-minute sonic grenades like "They Declare It" (like the Ramones jacked up on Motörhead) and "Society's Victims" ("hardcore" defined, before there really was such a term), that the hallowed template Discharge built their legend on is pretty much already fully realized here, ready for propagation, and arguably never to be bettered.


1. Realities of War
2. They Declare It
3. After the Gig
4. Society's Victim


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