DISCHARGE (1977–87, 1991–93, 2001–PRESENT). Terry “Tezz” Roberts (vocals, replaced by Kelvin “Cal” Morris in 1979), Tony “Bones” Roberts (guitar, replaced by Peter Pyrtle, Les Hunt, then Stephen Brooks), Roy “Rainy” Wainwright (bass), Hacko (drums, replaced by Terry Roberts, Gary Maloney, then Nick Haymaker).
Discharge is a hardcore band active primarily during the early to late eighties who pioneered the hardcore/thrash crossover sound in England, eventually adding elements typical of metal such as prolonged soloing and metallic-style vocals. The ultra-crunchy guitar sound of records such as the 1982 Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing is one of the best known of all the hardcore/punk crossover records. The band formed in 1977 and broke up originally in 1993, and then again in 1997.
The original lineup included Terry “Tezz” Roberts on vocals (replaced by Cal in 1979), Tony “Bones” Roberts on guitar (replaced by Peter Pyrtle, then Les Hunt, then Stephen Brooks; Bones returned for the 1997 reunion), Roy “Rainy” Wainright on bass, and Hacko on drums (replaced by Terry Roberts, then Gary Maloney, then Nick Haymaker, then Roberts returned for the 1997 reunion.) The band broke up again for several years, but now tours without original vocalist Cal (who apparently cannot be found—several rumors have him either dead or in the army) with new vocalist Rat from classic English hardcore band the Varukers. The legacy of Discharge, and what was called the D-core sound, is measured directly not only in their influence on the crossover between punk and metal, but also in their direct influence on the grindcore sound, where bands like Napalm Death were directly inspired by Discharge to not only play that fast but to even up the ante. Ironically, it was when Discharge went most “metal” that they began to lose fans not only in the punk community, but in the metal community as well. Their albums such as Massacre, with faux metal vocals, were much less popular than the hard, fast, and brutal records such as Why and Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing.
Discography: Realities of War [EP] (Clay, 1980); Fight Back [EP] (Clay, 1981); Decontrol [EP] (Clay, 1981); Why (Clay, 1981; Castle, 2003); Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing (Clay 1982; Castle, 2003); Never Again (Clay, 1984; Castle, 2003); Grave New World (Profile, 1986); Massacre Divine (Clay, 1991; 1995); Shooting Up the World (Clay, 1991, 1995); Live at City Gardens, NJ (Clay, 1995); Clay Punk Singles Collection (Clay, 1995); Live Nightmare Continues (Clay, 1996); Protest & Survive 1980–84 (Clay, 1996); Vision of War (Recall, 1998); Hardcore Hits (Cleopatra, 1999); Discharge (Sanctuary, 2002); Decontrol: The Singles (Castle, 2002); Society’s Victims [box set] (Castle, 2004); Anthology Free Speech (Castle, 2004); Born Immortal (Rebellion, 2005).