Discharge

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“Can you hear the sound of an enormous door slamming in the depths of hell…?”

Not only is this the chilling description given of a nuclear detonation during one of the sound-bite samples on the first Discharge album, but it’s also a perfect description of the Stoke, UK-based punk band that turned the world of underground music on its head with their primal bursts of uncompromising speed and aggression.

Formed in the late Seventies Discharge changed the face of punk – and indeed extreme music itself – with their stunning ‘Realities Of War’ EP, a four-song outpouring of pure intensity that boiled punk down to its basic components of rage, frustration and violent rebellion. Discharge stumbled upon a sound that was so ugly, it was beautiful; so horrifying, it was irresistible – and it ushered in a whole new wave of gnarlier, nastier UK punk, and ultimately paved the way for hardcore and thrash.

The onslaught continued with classic release after classic release, each more devastating than the previous: the five-track ‘Fight Back’ EP, which saw the band fusing anarcho-punk anti-war sentiment to their incendiary noise, the ‘Decontrol’ 7”, which is probably still the most brutal punk single ever released, and the incredible – in its sheer unrelenting viciousness – ‘Why?’ 12”. Of course there were the inevitable line-up changes, too many to even start to list over the years, but undeterred the band released their debut LP, ‘Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing’, in 1982, a towering feat of musical aggression that smashed its way into the UK charts and saw the band travelling the world, spreading their virulent sonic disease

Discharge are seemingly unstoppable, and a thousand bands spawned in their wake, making them one of the few bands to have fathered their very own genre, Discore or D-Beat as it’s now widely known around the world. Many of the songs from the band’s formative years have been covered by some of the biggest names in rock and metal music: Metallica, Anthrax, Sepultura, Machine Head, Prong, Soulfly, Arch Enemy to name but a few... all of them keen to tip their hat to this ground-breaking band, but all of them coming up short when it comes to capturing the same kind of primal ferocity.

In 2016 , Discharge have signed to Nuclear Blast Records, to unleash their single 'New World Order', and the aptly-titled album ‘End Of Days’ which reached #10 in The Official UK Rock Charts and have been playing to sold out crowds in America and in Europe.

Current line up:

Vocals - Jeff "JJ" Janiak
Guitar - Tony "Bones" Roberts
Guitar - Terry "Tezz" Roberts
Bass - Roy "Rainy" Wainwright
Drums - Dave "Proper Caution" Bridgewood

Past members:

Vocals

* Terry "Tezz" Roberts (1977)
* Kelvin "Cal" Morris (1977–1987, 1991–1995, 1997–2003)
* Rob "Rocky Shades" Berkley (1987)
* Anthony "Rat" Martin (2003-2014)

Guitar

* Roy "Rainy" Wainwright (1977)
* Peter "Pooch" Pyrtle (1983–1984)
* Les "The Mole" Hunt (1984–1986)
* Stephen "Fish" Brooks (1986–1987)
* Andy Green (1991–1995)
* Labanthorsen "The Torn" Ekeroth (1995–1999)

Bass

* Anthony "Jake" Morgan (1991–1995)
* Nick Bushell
* Nigel Bamford

Drums

* Tony "Acko" Atkinson (1977–1979)
* Terry "Tezz" Roberts (1977–1981, 1997–2006)
* Dave "Bambi" Ellesmere (1981)
* Keith Haynes (1981)
* Garry Maloney (1981–1984, 1986–1987, 1991–1995)
* Micky "Haymaker" Gibson (1984–1986)
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Albums

Discharge - Live At The Lyceum; 24th May 1981 album art Discharge Live At The Lyceum; 24th May 1981 (Album) Chaos Cassettes, Chaos Tapes UK 1981 Sell This Version
Discharge - Why album art Discharge Why (MiniAlbum, Album) Clay Records, Clay Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
Discharge - Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing album art Discharge Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing (Album) Clay Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Discharge - Grave New World album art Discharge Grave New World (Album) Clay Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Discharge - Live At The City Garden New Jersey album art Discharge Live At The City Garden New Jersey (Album) Clay Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
Discharge - The Nightmare Continues... Live album art Discharge The Nightmare Continues... Live (Album) Clay Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
Discharge - Massacre Divine album art Discharge Massacre Divine (Album) Clay Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Discharge - Shootin' Up The World album art Discharge Shootin' Up The World (Album) Clay Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Discharge - Discharge album art Discharge Discharge (Album) Sanctuary Records UK 2002 Sell This Version
Discharge - Early Demo's album art Discharge Early Demo's (Comp) Estado Records Japan 2008 Sell This Version
Discharge - Disensitise album art Discharge Disensitise (Album) Vile Records (2) UK 2009 Sell This Version
Discharge - Live 2014 album art Discharge Live 2014 (Album) Mass Productions France 2015 Sell This Version
Discharge - Toronto '83: In The Cold Night album art Discharge Toronto '83: In The Cold Night Ugly Pop Records Canada 2015 Sell This Version
Discharge - End Of Days album art Discharge End Of Days (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Discharge - Fight Back album art Discharge Fight Back (EP, Single) Clay Records, Clay Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
Discharge - Realities Of War album art Discharge Realities Of War (EP) Clay Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
Discharge - Decontrol album art Discharge Decontrol (Single, EP) Clay Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
Discharge - Never Again album art Discharge Never Again (Single) Clay Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
Discharge - State Violence State Control album art Discharge State Violence State Control (Single) Clay Records Germany 1982 Sell This Version
Discharge - Warning: Her Majesty's Government Can Seriously Damage Your Health album art Discharge Warning: Her Majesty's Government Can Seriously Damage Your Health (EP) Clay Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Discharge - The Price Of Silence / Born To Die In The Gutter album art Discharge The Price Of Silence / Born To Die In The Gutter (Single) Clay Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Discharge - The More I See album art Discharge The More I See (Single) Clay Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
Discharge - Ignorance album art Discharge Ignorance (Single) Clay Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
Discharge - Discharge / MG 15 album art Discharge + MG 15 Discharge + MG 15 - Discharge / MG 15 (EP) Throne Records Spain 2005 Sell This Version
Discharge - Beginning Of The End album art Discharge Beginning Of The End (EP, Maxi) Thunk Records UK 2006 Sell This Version