Discordance Axis
Jouhou


4.5
superb

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (46 Reviews)
June 4th, 2009 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Intelligent and controlled auditory chaos.

Grindcore is one of those things. It’s one of those things that are so wildly against the norm that people think they’re dangerous, but really that’s the thrill of them. Songs clocking in at under a minute, breakneck tempos (and in the case of Discordance Axis absolutely inhuman vocals) all create a seizure-inducing adrenaline rush. If you’re looking for the equivalent of a 30-second acid trip, you’ll find it in Discordance Axis’ eerie style of grind.

Discordance Axis is actually merely three people: drummer David Witte, vocalist Jon Chang, and sold guitarist Steve Procopio. Listen to any of their recordings, however, and you’ll realize that numbers are not an issue. The band creates a thick, well-rounded sound and write ingenious anti-music sans the typical grindcore blood n' guts lyrics. All the band members are extremely talented. Witte’s drumming is a force to be reckoned with. Jon Chang’s vocals are animalistic and full of an angsty vigor yet unmatched by any human being. Steve Procopio is not only skilled, he deserves massive amounts of credit for being the only guitarist of any kind in this über-violent band.

Consisting of 31 brilliantly composed grind tracks, Jouhou was released in 1997. While it’s successor The Inalienable Dreamless was literally an incredible experience, Jouhou feels more like Jon Chang’s 31-part seething rant with rhythm. For example the 26-second “Eye Gag” starts with spoken words against government’s treatment of human lives, before only 9 seconds of actual song. Surprisingly this doesn’t detract from anything. The songs are intelligent and in fact the feral viciousness is possibly Discordance Axis’ greatest asset. It gives their music an unchained and brutally honest emotion that many bands lack. Jouhou, in essence, is just raw fury unleashed. The band live should be viewed through night-vision glasses to get the same odd and frightening effect their music produces.

If you listen closely, however, you can still hear hooks and complex individual rhythm patterns within songs. “A Broken Tomorrow’s bouncing ending is a personal favorite. Even past strange tracks like “Nikola Tesla,” a minute of electrical noise with no real music, and the aforementioned “Eye Gag,” it all works. It all fits into Discordance Axis’ subterranean apocalyptic sound. Chang's vocals erratically jump from shrieks on pitches normally reserved for echolocation to gutturals that sound like the feasting of bears. Rabid bears. Witte's drumming is like the wings of a huge raging hummingbird (by this I mean fast), and by some unknown power Procopio manages to hold his own and pound out incredible riffs. For lack of a better comparison, he's like Lonesome George, last of the Pinta Island giant Galapagos tortoises. They're the only ones, but sometimes being alone just means you kicked everybody else's ass. Jouhou is the auditory equivalent of The Exorcist; it will scare the living hell out of you, but you’ll enjoy every masochistic second.

To truly appreciate Jouhou, and grindcore itself for that matter, you have to be able to tap into the pure emotion the band is channeling. If you’re unable to feel the rage of Discordance Axis, then this will be white noise. But if you can force yourself to join in Jon Chang & Co.’s agony, then this is one of the most intelligently emotional records ever written. To get an even better taste, do look into The Inalienable Dreamless. Until then, enjoy this…or not.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tits McGee
June 4th 2009


1876 Comments


Discordance Axis was a 3-piece grindcore outfit from New Jersey. They are best known for their magnum opus, 2001’s The Inalienable Dreamless.


I'd take that out tbh. It's pointless, and you end up talking about the 3 band members in the second paragraph anyway.

A good review otherwise

ThyCrossAwaits
June 4th 2009


3055 Comments


ya, considered that. thanx.

ThyCrossAwaits
June 4th 2009


3055 Comments


i'm considering trying to beef this up, but does it really need to be longer?

Phantom
June 4th 2009


8930 Comments


What the hell grind do you listen to to get poop and vagina as a common thread?

Average review.

ThyCrossAwaits
June 4th 2009


3055 Comments


trust me, there's a lot of it.

Phantom
June 4th 2009


8930 Comments


You must make bad decisions in life

ThyCrossAwaits
June 4th 2009


3055 Comments


i must make really bad google searches...

ThyCrossAwaits
June 4th 2009


3055 Comments


fix'd, happy?

ThyCrossAwaits
June 4th 2009


3055 Comments


oh, and i added a bit to that 3rd paragraph, forgot to put it in. wondered why it was so short...

rasputin
June 4th 2009


14550 Comments


need to hear this one still, fantastic band

Wizard
June 4th 2009


19493 Comments


Great review dude. Need to hear this album.

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

kitsch
June 5th 2009


5107 Comments


i only have inalienable and it rules. great review gonna check this shit out.

NortherlyNanook
June 5th 2009


1285 Comments


band rules album's great

ThyCrossAwaits
June 5th 2009


3055 Comments


wat happened? didn't the_wizard usually troll all my reviews?

Phantom
June 5th 2009


8930 Comments


(wrong review)

ThyCrossAwaits
June 5th 2009


3055 Comments


fine, be that way.

Phantom
June 5th 2009


8930 Comments


I accidentally posted a comment about Darkest Hour in here instead of in the news article, do you really want it back?

Did you get the new Anaal Nathrakh yet?


Oh and in regards to this album, I've only heard The Inaelienable Dreamless but want to hear more, so I'll get this soon.

ThyCrossAwaits
June 5th 2009


3055 Comments


SOMEBODY TELL ME WHERE TO GET THE NEW ANAAL! NOW!!!

Phantom
June 5th 2009


8930 Comments


Blogsearch man

ThyCrossAwaits
June 5th 2009


3055 Comments


i'm a little inter-tarded here, walkthrough please?



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