Grave New World (Discharge album)

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Grave New World
Studio album by Discharge
Released 1986
Recorded 1986
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal[1]
Label Clay
Producer Mike Stone
Discharge chronology
Never Again
(1984)
Grave New World
(1986)
Massacre Divine
(1991)

Grave New World is the third studio album by English hardcore punk band Discharge, released in 1986 by Clay Records. The album marks a radical stylistic change, with the band abandoning their previous hardcore punk style for a softer, and more accessible glam metal sound. The band split up in 1987, shortly after the album's release.

Album information[edit]

It is perhaps Discharge's most controversial album, as it sees the band move away from their previous style, by turning towards heavy metal, and particularly to a softer and more accessible glam metal sound. Vocalist Kevin "Cal" Morris also switched from his previous shouting vocals to falsetto ones for this album. Morris later blamed his rediscovery of Led Zeppelin for this decision. The tempos also became much slower, and a higher-quality sound took place in the recording.

In order to promote the album, Discharge started the Grave New World tour in the US and UK, but it would soon prove to be unsuccessful, and even disastrous for the band. By the time the group were playing in New York City, the fans were so outraged, that the concert nearly turned into a riot. For instance, Bad Brains frontman H.R., got into a balcony and started dumping ice at the musicians while they were playing.[2] The album soon turned out to be a commercial failure. Discharge disbanded shortly after the tour.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1/5 stars[1]

The album received mostly mixed to negative reviews from professional music critics; Allmusic's Eduardo Rivadavia called it a "baffling and disheartening fall from grace" for the band, and also remarked that "it really might as well been credited to a different band."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Grave New World"
  2. "In Love Believe"
  3. "D.Y.T. / A.Y.F."
  4. "We Dare Speak (A Moment Only)"
  5. "Time Is Kind"
  6. "Sleep in Hope"
  7. "The Downward Spiral"

Line-up[edit]

  • Kelvin "Cal" Morris – vocals
  • Micky Gibson – drums
  • Les "The Mole" Hunt – lead guitar
  • Stephen "Fish" Brookes – rhythm guitar
  • Nick Bushell – bass

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