Discharge
Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing


5.0
classic

Review

by David Driver USER (80 Reviews)
October 4th, 2009 | 50 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Undeniably heavy and insanely catchy, Discharge releases an innovative and ground-breaking album that stands the test of time.

I still can’t believe that this release is creeping towards its thirtieth anniversary. In 1982, Discharge released its innovative debut album Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing onto the unsuspecting public, and while it may have sounded like a frantic, garbled mess at the time, the content on this release has absolutely stood the test of time and the album has proven to be one of the most influential and important releases in all of heavy music.

Like many others who were not alive at the time of the original release, I was first exposed to Discharge thanks to Metallica, who covered both “Free Speech For The Dumb” and “The More I See” on their cover album, Garage Inc.. I really didn’t understand what the hell was going on: it was literally the same riff over and over again, the same drum beat over and over again, and, probably the strangest of all, the same lyrics over and over again. It wasn’t until with repeated hearings that I truly developed an appreciation for the songs, and when I grabbed a hold of the original Discharge versions, there was no turning back.

The real charm and genius of this release is the simplicity of everything. With its unique metal-punk sound, the riffs buzz along repeatedly in every song, and I’ll be damned if these simple metal-tinged punk riffs aren’t some of the heaviest and catchiest ever recorded. These guitar riffs, accompanied by energetic drum beats, have a groove so deep that it feels like a raging tide swallowing you up and sweeping you away. The drums are relentless and fit in perfectly with the blazing guitars, and the chaotic solos put a melodic overtone to it all. The concept of “less is more” has never really been truer with this release, as the simple and repetitive nature of the music unlocks a strangely deep and everlasting quality.

The vocals and lyrics are another part of Discharge that is just so unique and fun. The lyrics are so incredibly animated and quirky that they just beg to be screamed out loud. While some songs only carry two or three lines, some songs just have a single line being said over and over, which really adds to the minimalist character of the music. While the singer barks about destruction and disruption over and over again, it’s not only hard to be amused by the corny premise, but it’s also hard to deny how catchy it proves to be. I can’t even recall how many times the lyrics of “Free Speech For The Dumb” or “The Blood Runs Red” have been stuck in my head after listening to them.

It’s difficult to think what people thought of this release nearly thirty years ago, but with several heavy metal/thrash giants like Metallica, Anthrax, Sepultura, and At The Gates covering Discharge songs, it’s easy to put Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing into perspective. By infusing crusty, metallic riffs and galloping drums into simple punk structures, Discharge created something that was not only undeniably heavy and insanely catchy, but also completely innovate and ground-breaking for it’s time. The influence of this release is all too apparent some thirty years later, and it deserves to be heralded as a classic and innovative album of not only the punk/hardcore genre, but of all heavy music as a whole.



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EasternLight
October 4th 2009


2700 Comments


i want this. good review.

Phantom
October 4th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well written review, this album is supersexy

illmitch
October 4th 2009


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review. i like this, but nowhere near as much as i like Why. discharge rule.

charlesfishowitz
October 4th 2009


1794 Comments


meh

Tits McGee
October 5th 2009


1876 Comments


mitch, I'm surpised you gave this a 3. this is the best Discharge imo. awesome review, you rule for doing this

illmitch
October 5th 2009


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i dunno, Why? is just so much more raw...this is too composed and put-together for me. some of the songs tend to drag on. i prefer the short bursts of anarchic fury that is Why?.

accompliceofmydeath
October 5th 2009


4265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Incredible album and a good review. Good to see that people still appreciate such an old and pivotal album.

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Displayed
October 29th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THE BLOOD RUNS RED, THE BLOOD RUNS REEEED!

Nice review, awesome album. I think it is fair to say that this album has influenced, in one way or another, every punk, alternative and metal band from the last 25 years

illmitch
October 29th 2009


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, discharge's influence on punk and metal especially is undeniable and ridiculously far-reaching.

anotherBriOnline
November 23rd 2009


20 Comments


riden the wave of nostalgia, haven't heard this one in years. enyone ever heard of DOM DAR?

BallsToTheWall
March 8th 2010


44713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Enjoy this much more than Why but god damn........the RIFFS man...

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2010


17224 Comments


gotta have me some d-beat

Relinquished
March 27th 2010


25311 Comments


too good

ov420
March 27th 2010


300 Comments


DRUNK WITH POWER OBSESSED WITH DEATH

eternium
August 24th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is soooooo good.

Bleekill
August 26th 2010


832 Comments


Dat deebeat

BallsToTheWall
August 26th 2010


44713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

DEM RIFFS BOYO. U GOT A PURRTY MOUTH.

Bleekill
August 26th 2010


832 Comments


I'LL AGREE WITH BOTH.

WeepingBanana
September 23rd 2010


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

shit's kicking my ass right now

wyankeif1337
February 8th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this was pretty meh when i first listened, but i just relistened and it's a lot better than i remember. might even bump to a 4 at some point.



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