Album: End Of Days
Record Label: Nuclear Blast
Release Date: 28th April 2016
Sometimes it’s important to re-acquaint oneself with the quintessential elements of a musical genre that made you fall in love with it in the first place. It’s been eight years since renowned Hardcore veterans Discharge last released a full-length LP, and although expectations were reservedly high, it’s likely nobody anticipated a release quite as pulverising as End of Days.
In the hands of most bands, 15 tracks with pretty much nothing in the way of variation would be a slog not worth the time, but in true Discharge fashion End Of Days is exhilarating from start to finish. Devoid of both pretension and anything besides the band’s deep-seated expertise, it’s full to the brim with all the vicious anti-establishment vigour, demands for social justice and stories of brutal warfare that you’d expect. Opener ‘New World Order’ has a scintillating thrash-affiliation while lead-off single ‘The Broken Law’ is one of the more outwardly melodic ragers on offer. Take into account the nihilistic electricity of the likes of ‘Hatebomb’ and ‘Looking at Pictures of Genocide’, as well as the skater-prone ‘It Can’t Happen Here’ and this has pretty much all the makings of not just an essential Discharge record, but an essential reversion to what Hardcore is all about.
Key Tracks: 'The Broken Law', 'Hatebomb', 'Looking At Pictures Of Genocide'
For Fans Of: Sick Of It All, Black Flag