Discharge
Grave New World


1.0
awful

Review

by Scott M. Baldwin USER (91 Reviews)
July 30th, 2013 | 38 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Punk is dead, and in comes Discharge to its funeral wearing leopard print pink spandex.

Discharge were always "Hardcore Punk's Sweethearts". By that, I mean that whereas other hardcore punk bands were constantly slagged by critics and the general public, people just couldn't seem to get enough of Discharge, mostly because they always had elements of hard rock on their sound. They eventually began to experiment with thrash and heavy metal as the eighties went on- Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing is the perfect example of the band experimenting with metal elements. And then something else happened as 1986 approached: they went fully heavy metal, and while it may have seemed like a good idea at a time, the result was but sadly an awful mess. If anything, Grave New World is the perfect example of a band going too far with their sound.

Grave New World has many problems, the first being that the completely heavy metal sound just plain wasn't a good idea. They would later try it again in 1991 with more of a thrash sound and succeed that time; this album tries to emulate a King Diamond sound, and even throws in some Glam metal elements in there for good measure, and it's just sad to listen to. The most noticeable problem is Cal Morris' voice- his voice has always been a cut above the rest for hardcore punk, but here he sings in an unintentionally hilarious high pitch/falsetto. It's even sad to listen to at times. The moment you hear him whine his way into the mix on the opening eponymous track, you can't help but burst into an uncontrollable giggle. When he's not downright aping King Diamond, he's trying many stupid things with his voice and none of them work.

Other problems include the lack of memorable riffs, hooks, and, well, songs, even. Every track floats in through one ear and out the other- the songs are too long and at times too goddamn slow. The lyrics are pretty insipid too and consist mostly of angsting and whining- one hilarious example is "The Downward Spiral". Straight edge agenda may be alright in punk, but in metal, they're comedy gold. And not to mention, the production is much too tight and "clean" for a band of their kind. The moment you hear the over-reverbed drums on the eponymous track and on the equally bad "In Love Believe", you find yourself asking if this is the same band that recorded classics like "State Violence State".

Unsurprisingly, the band broke up not long after its release; the album was a major flop, and tensions between the band heightened to almost unbearable levels. Thankfully, the band returned to awesomeness in 1991 with Massacre Divine, which had more of a thrash metal sound to it. But this album is long forgotten for a reason, and a good one too- it's simply awful, a nine track long exercise in stupidity and thankfully, we won't be hearing any songs from this album any time soon. Avoid this album at all costs, and I'd also be careful mentioning it around any of Discharge's fans, if I were you.



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Cygnatti
July 30th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

wow, I loved heard nothing say nothing. don't get how they could fall off from that so quickly.

FrozenVain
July 30th 2013


2445 Comments


Great negative review, dude. Pos'd!

I find the difference between Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing ratings and votes compared to this one hilarious.

sixdegrees
July 30th 2013


17190 Comments


kinda want to listen to this

TheMoonchild
July 30th 2013


490 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Seriously what was Kelvin thinking with those vocals.

Spec
July 30th 2013


27188 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is Discharge's Cold´╗┐ Lake.

TheMoonchild
July 30th 2013


490 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Or their African Child.

IbenizGEO1
July 30th 2013


2258 Comments


"Punk is dead, and in comes Discharge to its funeral wearing leopard print pink spandex."

awesome summary lol

Chortles
July 30th 2013


17996 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

damn how did they go from their debut to this

nice review

Digging: Jacaszek - Treny

TheMoonchild
July 31st 2013


490 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This may be the unintentionally funniest album ever.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2013


6202 Comments


Good review, pos.

I liked Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing, but for I some reason never got past that album.


one suggestion:

the first being that the completely heavy metal sound just plain wasn't a good idea

...that the pure heavy metal sound wasn't a good idea.

Digging: Seduced (AT) - The Proclamation

sixdegrees
July 31st 2013


17190 Comments


ahahaha

Cygnatti
July 31st 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Wanna listen to this now.

sixdegrees
July 31st 2013


17190 Comments


its funny for like two songs and then its boring as fuck

Cygnatti
July 31st 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The irony of having a song called downward spiral. Hehe.

IbenizGEO1
July 31st 2013


2258 Comments


this record is about as punk as AC/DC.

Cygnatti
July 31st 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I hate acdc wow.

IbenizGEO1
July 31st 2013


2258 Comments


this is objectively one of the worse things i've ever heard. Objectively speaking.

sixdegrees
July 31st 2013


17190 Comments


nice dr. rockso vocals

IbenizGEO1
July 31st 2013


2258 Comments


hahahaha it is holy shit


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVka5T5hC88

mindleviticus
August 16th 2013


8292 Comments


listening to the first song. sounds like gay glam



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