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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.   State Violence, State Control
  8.   Spoils of War
  9.   The Price of Silence
  10.   Two Monstrous Nuclear Stockpiles
  11.   Cries of Help
  12.   Where There Is a Will There Is a Way
  13.   Trust 'Em
  14.   Never Again
  15.   New World Order
  16.   Do Or Die
  17.   No Time For Romance
  18.   Under My Feet
  19.   Propaganda Feeds
  20.   No TV Sketch
  21.   Persuasion Equals Power
  22.   What Method What Madness
  23.   Beginning of the End
  24.   Hype Overload
  25.   Almost Alive
  26.   Massacre of Innocents (Air Attack)
  27.   Is This to Be?
  28.   Mania for Conquest
  29.   The End
  30.   The Possibility of Life's Destruction
  31.   A Hell on Earth
  32.   No Compromise
  33.   Hell Is War
  34.   Accessories by Molotov
  35.   Sweet Suburban Dreams
  36.   Fight Back
  37.   Accessories by Molotov Remix
  38.   There's No Future USA
  39.   Ignorance is Your Surrender
  40.   Religion Instigates
  41.   Society's Victim
  42.   The More I See
  43.   Pigs
  44.   I Love Dead Babies
  45.   Living In The City
  46.   War Is Hell
  47.   Legacy You Left Behind
  48.   Take Part Create the System
  49.   No Feeble Bastard
  50.   Does the System Work
  51.   Becomes Again and Again
  52.   They Lie You Die