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Founded: 1977
Genre : D-Beat
Location: United Kingdom

Discharge is a British hardcore punk band formed in 1977 by Terry "Tezz" Roberts and Roy "Rainy" Wainwright. They are often considered among one of the very first bands to play hardcore punk, and to mix punk with metal. The band's music is characterized by a heavy, distorted, and grinding guitar-driven sound and raw, shouted vocals similar to a speech, with lyrics on anarchist and pacifist themes. The band's 1982 debut album, Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing, went to number two on the UK Indie Charts and number 40 in the UK Album Chart. In the early 1980s, numerous singles and EPs placed in the top 10 of the UK Indie Charts, including the 1981 EP Why? (#1) and the 1982 single State Violence State Control. In 1982, the addition of guitarist Peter "Pooch" Purtill brought significant thrash metal crossover elements to the band. In the 1990s, the band released several metal-influenced albums. In the early 2000s, the classic line up reunited and released a self-titled album returning to their hardcore punk roots. Discharge's music influenced hardcore punk, thrash metal, crust punk, grindcore and various extreme metal subgenres. The musical genre of d-beat is named for Discharge and their distinctive drumbeat.


  • Roy "Rainy" Wainwright – guitar
  • Tony "Bones" Roberts – guitar
  • Anthony "Rat" Martin – vocals
  • Dave "Proper" Caution – drums


  • Why? (1981)
  • Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing (1982)
  • Grave New World (1986) (#8)
  • Massacre Divine (1991)
  • Shootin' Up the World (1993)
  • Discharge (2002)
  • Disensitise (2008)


  • Realities of War (1980)
  • Fight Back (1980)
  • Decontrol (1980)
  • Never Again (1982)
  • Warning: Her Majesty's Government Can Seriously Damage Your Health (1983)
  • Beginning of the End (2006)
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