GOOD MORNING VIETNAM. Punk legends Discharge are reformed, writing new material, and have recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records. Color me surprised, because this news totally flew under my radar. (Everyone blame Corey!) Details are pretty scant at this point: There’s a new lineup of members, some new and some not, and a new album will be out through Nuclear Blast at… some point. Discharge has been a mainstay in the punk/metal scene for years, and the new single “NWO” proves that, sometimes, sticking to your guns yields the best results.
If you’re a Discharge fan, there’s not much to dislike here: The same monochrome, ugly, punk/thrash riffs serve as the centerpiece of the song, the drums blaze along with the namesake beat that they created, and new vocalist JJ may as well be a younger incarnation of Cal Morris. A dissonant, shreddy bit makes its appearance in the middle and disappears quickly as the maelstrom continues, and as Discharge are known for doing, they make their point, get out, and leave us bruised, sweaty, and hungry for more.
If “NWO” is any accurate indication of what to expect from the new Discharge album, sign me up immediately. As we’d expect for a punk video, there are plenty of mohawks, sweaty dudes, and circle pitting. (What else did you expect?) Check it out below and get your adrenaline up to muscle through Monday.