Sunday, July 29, 2012

Right Noise Recommends #1: Discordance Axis - The Inalienable Dreamless

The DVD case cover for the CD release
When it comes to metal, I'm pretty much a slow and low kind of guy. I typically go for bands like Isis, Harvey Milk, or Melvins, but I try to keep an open mind about all types of music. The problem that I've had with albums like this in the past was that they seemed to be too focused on extremes. It's always about who can play the fastest, loudest, or most grotesque songs in the least amount of time. I understand the whole genre of grindcore was basically founded on these principles, but there's a way of following this model and still being enjoyable to listen to. If Napalm Death just constantly gurgled and squealed and played as fast as humanly possible back in 1986, they wouldn't have made anything close to the same impact.

One of the main reasons that this is such a masterpiece is because it doesn't stick to a formula. It takes the genre down so much unexplored territory, that I've seen people debate whether this is even grindcore at all. I personally wouldn't go that far, but it definitely separates itself from most.

It's one of the rare releases of this type where casual listeners of the genre can still pick out specific, noteworthy tracks. The band's most popular song, "Jigsaw" (below), surpasses it's reputation. "Pattern Blue" (also below) and "A Leaden Stride to Nowhere" both destroy, as well.

Unfortunately, this album can be kind of pricey. I lucked out and found this CD for $2 at a local record store that didn't even know what they had, but I usually see this for like $20-$40. You can still purchase it digitally or listen to it on spotify if you so choose. I'm not sure this is worth the $30-ish or so, considering the 17 tracks on this album only take about 23 minutes to listen to, but then again, it's 23 of the best minutes that grindcore has to offer. Just find a way to listen to it.


"Pattern Blue":

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