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TERRORIZER DIGS DEEP WITH NEW DISCHARGE VOCALIST J.J. TO FIND OUT WHAT IT’S LIKE FRONTING THE MOST LEGENDARY PUNK BAND IN THE WORLD, AND WHY THEIR NEW ALBUM IS THEIR BEST SINCE ‘HEAR NOTHING, SEE NOTHING, SAY NOTHING…’

DISCHARGE

Anyone who knows anything about punk will tell you that Discharge were the most important and influential band to emerge from the UK in the ’80s, their first four singles, first 12” and debut LP being some of the most ferocious music ever committed to tape. They not onl y spawned their very own sub-genre, the much-maligned D-beat or ‘Discore’ school of punk, but ended up shaping thrash metal (with everyone from Metallica to Neurosis paying homage via cover versions), and indeed extreme music in general, such was the intensity of their vision.

Of course, when a band makes such an impact with their early material, there’s only one way they can go from there, and with Discharge, the downward spiral was a vicious one, and it took them many years to gain back the credibility they lost with their second album, ‘Grave New World’. Not a bad album in its own right, perhaps, but when it was the follow-up to ‘Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing’, an absolute turkey.

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It’s always an interesting proposition to see how a band progresses from working with true, cult indie labels to working with multi-national major labels. How money can transform a pure idea into (potentially) a much bigger entity and consumerbased product; can an idea, a sound, an image transcend into the broader palette without being spoiled from its original form? Or does it really matter at all what label a band is on these days? Do you, the reader and listener, truly care if an artist releases music on an indie or via the corporate bigwig? It is all business, no matter who is controlling the purse strings. Why am I pondering this right now? I guess it’s because our cover stars this month are the mighty Purson. No stranger to these pages, it’s wonderful to see Purson really coming of age on their new album, the major label released ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’. It’s a great follow-up to their previous, indie released debut and really captures a band who mean business (again). Nothing has changed in that sense regardless of the label behind the band, and frankly, they were always going to end up on a Terrorizer cover because their music rocks and they thoroughly deserve the accolade. We hope you enjoy their latest story as much as we have enjoyed producing it. As always, the rest of this issue has been a joy to create and features some of the best bands in the extreme and underground metal scenes. Never enough pages as I’d like to write about every band myself and the team love, but it’s entirely flash-in-the-pan/fad-free and that’s the main thing, right?! See you next month! Darren Sadler, Editor
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