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A long-lived British hardcore band cited as a key influence by artists including Metallica and Anthrax, Discharge were formed in 1977 by singer Terry "Tez" Roberts, his twin brother and guitarist Tony "Bones" Roberts, bassist Roy "Rainy" Wainwright, and drummer Hacko. New frontman Kelvin "Cal" Morris was recruited as the decade drew to its close, with Tez moving to drums as a replacement for the exiting Hacko. The first band signed to the newly formed Clay Records label, Discharge issued their debut EP, Realities of War, in March of 1980, followed later that year by two more EPs, Fight Back and Decontrol. Tez left the lineup soon after, and after recording the Why 12" with temporary drummer Bambi, Discharge named Garry Maloney their permanent skinsman in time to record 1981's Never Again, which reached the number 64 spot on the U.K. pop charts. In 1982, Discharge finally issued their long-awaited full-length debut, Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing, which reached the Top 40; a U.S. tour followed, and upon returning home, the group recorded a new single, "State Violence, State Control." Bones then left to form his own unit, Broken Bones, and was replaced by guitarist Peter "Pooch" Pyrtle for the EP Warning: Her Majesty's Government Can Seriously Damage Your Health. In the wake of another 7", "The More I See," both Pyrtle and Maloney departed; the singles collection Never Again followed in 1984, and with new guitarist Les "The Mole" Hunt and drummer Nick Haymaker, Discharge released "Ignorance" a year later. Maloney returned to the fold for the 1986 LP Grave New World, which also featured new guitarist Stephen Brooks. Wainwright was the next to go, and Discharge spent the next several years in limbo, occasionally releasing live material from their heyday. Finally, in 1991 the group returned with a new album, Massacre Divine, followed by Shootin' Up the World. By 1997, the classic lineup of Cal, Bones, Rainy, and Tez had re-formed; around that same time, a tribute album titled Discharged celebrated the band's continuing influence. Similarly, Metallica's 1998 collection Garage, Inc. featured two Discharge covers -- "Free Speech for the Dumb" and "The More I See." Time would go by before Discharge made any new music, but in 2002 they released an eponymous album featuring the original lineup. With original vocalist Cal dropping out of touring, the Varukers' Anthony "Rat" Martin stepped in. The band returned to the studio to record its sixth album, 2008's Disensitise -- this time without drummer Tez, who was replaced by Dave Caution -- which saw the four-piece returning to its earlier punk sound. The Propaganda Feeds EP appeared in 2011, and a year later the group released a split single with Off with Their Heads. By 2014 Martin was replaced by vocalist JJ, while original drummer Tez returned to the band, this time playing rhythm guitar and making the group a five-piece for the first time. At the end of 2015, Discharge announced they had signed with Nuclear Blast and were readying their seventh studio album. Preceded by the single "Hatebomb," the album End of Days was released in May of 2016. ~ Jason Ankeny
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  1.   Song
  2.   Realities of War
  3.   Decontrol
  4.   Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing
  5.   Drunk With Power
  6.   The Nightmare Continues
  7.   No Feeble Bastard
  8.   Sweet Suburban Dreams
  9.   Do Or Die
  10.   False Flag Entertainment
  11.   Never Again
  12.   War Is Hell
  13.   Will Deceive You
  14.   Kept in the Dark
  15.   They Lie You Die
  16.   M.A.D.
  17.   Meanwhile
  18.   Protest and Survive
  19.   Doomsday
  20.   Two Monstrous Nuclear Stockpiles
  21.   You Take Part in Creating the System
  22.   You
  23.   Persuasion Equals Power
  24.   Maimed and Slaughtered
  25.   Is This to Be?
  26.   Ignorance
  27.   The Price of Silence
  28.   New World Order
  29.   There's No Future USA
  30.   No Time For Romance
  31.   Pigs
  32.   Acne
  33.   Living In The City
  34.   Propaganda Feeds
  35.   No TV Sketch
  36.   No Return
  37.   Becomes Again and Again
  38.   What Method What Madness
  39.   Blood of the Innocent
  40.   Beginning of the End
  41.   Hype Overload
  42.   Into Darkness
  43.   Trust 'Em
  44.   You Deserve Me
  45.   Corpse of Decadence Remix
  46.   Accessories by Molotov Remix
  47.   What Do I Get
  48.   Where There's a Will There's a Way
  49.   A Look of Tomorrow
  50.   Massacre of Innocents (Air Attack)
  51.   Mania for Conquest
  52.   A Look at Tomorrow
  53.   The End