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Discharge - Ignorance

When ignorance isn't bliss - 13%

Napalm_Satan, December 19th, 2015

Ignorance represents the final stage of devolution of Discharge's music in their original run. With hindsight the totally abominable Grave New World was inevitable given their progression up to this point, and while this isn't quite as offensive and grating as that it was their worst release up to this point. Even on The More I See there was perhaps the faintest whiff of the punk spirit that drove their music in the past. This meanwhile is so far removed from even that single that this might as well be a different band.

The two tracks here are hard rock songs with no punk influence left at all - even the slight bounce The More I See is to be heard here. The issue isn't the sound itself; it's more that Discharge is utterly terrible at it as they had proven on the two singles up to this point. The songs here are mid-tempo numbers with absolutely no fire, no passion and no drive at all. The drums are as slovenly and as muted as they have been for the past couple of singles, consisting mostly of totally boring straight beats and nothing that's remotely captivating. The guitarwork here is a similar story, consisting of a couple of run of the mill hard rock riffs that were totally played out even for the time; they aren't energetic or memorable in any way and like always are repeated throughout the songs. However, by far the most grating aspect of this single is the vocal performance; Cal's vocals here are even worse than on The More I See. His tendency to sneer and hold out syllables is retained ('to keep us all in liiiiineeee'), and while his voice is actually clearer now it sounds even more strained and monotone, making it more consistently grating to listen to. As has been the case on previous singles his voice has no power to it, and he makes the already tame and trite lyrics even less convincing.

Discharge's music was always repetitive but here they stretch out their ideas even further and don't change things up at all, and anything they do bring to the table is not played convincingly at all and wasn't worthwhile to begin with. The title track in its extended form is a needlessly long, 5 minute slog comprised of one boring riff at one tempo, one drum beat, and some very cliché and cheesy hard rock leads throughout, while 'No Compromise' rides one mid-tempo rock groove for its two minute duration before speeding up and fading out; it doesn't even feel like a finished song. The truncated title track naturally fares better than its extended counterpart, being a bit less annoying by virtue of beating the listener over the head with the same bad ideas for 3 minutes instead of 5.

To be ignorant of Ignorance is the way to go, because this stuff is absolutely terrible. It's yet another black mark against what was once an amazing band.