Celebrating 40 years since the release of their debut single ‘Realities Of War’ in 1980, British hardcore punk band Discharge are surviving pioneers of the subgenre they invented; D-beat. Having had a worldwide influence on both extreme metal and punk with their uncompromising, raw sound over the last 40 years, Discharge’s political message is now relevant more than ever. Still performing globally in clubs and at festivals, the quintet are heralded as one of the godfathers of the political and anarcho punk scenes. Heavily championed by John Peel in their early years, they clocked up several chart singles and albums and went on to influence metal bands like Metallica and Celtic Frost, as well as punk acts like Rancid.
‘Protest And Survive – The Anthology’ – released February 21st through BMG on 2CD digipack (with 20-page booklet) and gatefold double splatter vinyl, celebrates the bands 40th anniversary with a 53-track career spanning vicious aural onslaught. Not for the weak of heart, the Stoke-On-Trent punk icons remain true to their ‘noise not music’ mantra and still detonate a sound akin to a bomb going off, to equal the heavy-weight lyrical themes of war, oppression and corruption.
Today we get the opportunity to hear an unreleased track called ‘Descending Into Madness’, recorded back in 2002 with original vocalist Kelvin and as unrelenting as anything the band delivered in their heyday.
“As we were writing the tunes for the 2002 album, me and Bones felt that Kelvin was not doing too much to contribute, so we didn’t really know how it was going turn out until the demo,” explains founding member Tezz Roberts. “We did in Stoke and let me tell you, we breathed a sigh of relief when we heard his voice was back! It’s not the finished product but you get the gist of it!”