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DISCORDANCE AXIS ‘The Inalienable Dreamless’

Aug 11, 2022 | Reissue, Reviews

The sort of noise feast which possibly has you reassessing a genre

What does this album artwork suggest to you? What sonic delights await within? We’re getting ambient vibes, maybe accompanied by a languid dub beat. Certainly not a grindcore classic, and the sort of noise feast which possibly has you reassessing a genre.

Discordance Axis came together in New Jersey in 1991, but it was their third album of 2000 which would shift the axis of noise. As it seems, stampeding through seventeen tracks in twenty-three minutes, whilst name-checking Manga characters, and sci-fi authors such as Joseph Conrad and Phillip K. Dick, was their raison d’être.

The three elements of this fire triangle push each other onto a higher plane of performance: the petrifying blast beats and inventive fills from Dave Witte, the metallic edged guitar of Rob Marton, and the nerve shredding screeches and unholy grunts from Jon Chang, combine in a fusion of dark energy. But it’s the uncommon time keeping, melded with the lyrical oddities, and a distinct emotional charge, which sets The Inalienable Dreamless above being just an excellent album.

Never ones to indulge the media, and rarely playing live, several years later they disbanded, having left this goalpost nudger, two earlier albums, and a handful of hard to find EPs.

Does it replace your copy of Napalm Death’s ‘From Enslavement to Obliteration’? Of course not. Because this is the greatest ‘eat all you want’ buffet in existence. So pile you plate high. Speaking of which, here’s dessert – Gridlink’s LonghenaJon Chang / Takafumi Matsubara’s high concept, Kyoto recorded, 2014 magnum opus. Let’s go explore!

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