The Rock City archives: 2012

Discharge - Punk Rock Xmas Bash!, Rock City Basement

  • Friday 21st December 2012

Punk legends Discharge are getting set to bring you some Punk attitude to the festive period this December.

Discharge is a British hardcore punk band formed in 1977 and are often considered among one of the very first bands to play hardcore punk, and to mix punk with metal.

The band's music is characterized by a heavy, distorted, and grinding guitar-driven sound and raw, shouted vocals similar to a speech, with lyrics on anarchist and pacifist themes. 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 1982, the addition of guitarist Peter "Pooch" Purtill brought significant thrash metal crossover elements to the band. In the 1990s, the band released several metal-influenced albums. In the early 2000s, the classic line up reunited and released a self-titled album returning to their hardcore punk roots.

Discharge's music influenced hardcore punk, thrash metal, crust punk, grindcore and various extreme metal subgenres. The musical genre of d-beat is named for Discharge and their distinctive drumbeat.