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This Week's Forgotten Gem of the '80s - Discharge - "The Price of Silence"

By October 4, 2012

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Discharge-Never.jpgIf you're looking for some '80s hard rock that will mercilessly pulverize you and make you enjoy it like a masochist, look no further than the pioneering English punk rock/heavy metal hybrid band Discharge. This is some heavy, heavy stuff, and unfortunately too few '80s music fans knew about it at the time, myself definitely included. Of course, I had barely reached double figures in age when this track was recorded and initially released, but what I would have given to know this band intimately during my teens, when I fell more than I like to admit for the spangled allure of hair metal. An awareness of the band would have certainly moved my musical development along and perhaps helped me skip a few years of befuddled searching, but then again maybe I would have just been a deeply (and obviously) troubled teen had I heard this music during my most formative years. Hmmm... that might have been fun.

Instead, I awakened to this standout track and the entire 1984 compilation Never Again as a direct result of a charitable buddy of mine who introduced me to punk rock. Having now hit 40 years old with a sickening thud, I'm grateful I've had about a decade for this menacing yet somehow still melodic band's music to bounce around my brain. The concussion has certainly been worth it, and "The Price of Silence" stands as a quintessential Discharge tune serious music fans really shouldn't miss out on any longer. For all I know, fair reader, you may be far ahead of the curve on this one, but just in case the distinctive growl of Cal Morris and the band's defiant, uncompromising anti-war lyrical approach have eluded you thus far, this is a fine place to start.

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