Friday, October 14, 2016

Discharge at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall

J.J. Janiak
Discharge formed as a hardcore punk band in 1977 in Stoke-on-Trent, England. By 1980, Discharge was among the British punk bands that began leaning more towards thrash metal, featuring more grinding and distorted guitar sounds and faster, heavier percussion. The stylistic transition made by these bands was a trend known as "UK 82" or Second Generation UK Hardcore. The punk genre of d-beat was named after Discharge's distinctive drumbeat. This intense d-beat influenced the birth of thrash metal, black metal, crust punk, grindcore and various extreme metal subgenres. Over the years, the lineup in Discharge changed frequently, and the band went on hiatus at least twice. Discharge presently consists of vocalist Jeff "J.J." Janiak, guitarists Anthony "Bones" Roberts and Terence "Tezz" Roberts, bassist Royston "Rainy" Wainwright and drummer David "Proper" Caution. Discharge's seventh and most recent studio album, End of Days, was released on April 29, 2016.

Headlining tonight at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, Discharge continued to cross the genres of hardcore punk and speed metal. J.J. Janiak is the newest member of the band, joining in 2014, but he was the focal point for the band, pacing the stage incessantly while coarsely shouting the lyrics as the nearly steadfast musicians around him scorched their fingers and drumsticks at blinding speeds. Although impossible to decipher, Discharge made social statements in "Drunk with Power", "Hatebomb", "Fight Back", "Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing", "Protest and Survive" and "New World Order." An angry, defiant anarchistic demeanor fed these songs, but it was the fast and ferocious brutal assault that defined the performance.

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