Released: 2000, Hydrahead Records
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson
Cool band name, great album title, and the drummer is Dave Witte (Burnt By The Sun/ex-Human Remains). How can you go wrong? Upon receiving this CD, I was amazed at the packaging. The Inalienable Dreamless is housed within a DVD case featuring a drawing of the ocean and sky, and containing an oversized booklet with lyrics in a cursive handwriting font along with photos of leaves. This sure as hell doesn’t look like a grind recording! And holy fuck is this spastic grind! Discordance Axis packs in 17 tracks in a little over 23 minutes. Based on the packaging, you would expect some kind of spiritual, ambient type of music to greet you upon pushing “play”. But what blasts forth is Dave Witte at full throttle, accompanied by chaotic guitar work and screaming vocals! This shit is extremely relentless, continually brutalizing your ears making you wonder what the fuck just hit you! I knew this was grind when I bought it, but the sheer intensity caught me off-guard. Dave blasts away most of the time, and the guitars match his playing very well. Discordance Axis is more straightforward than Burnt By The Sun or Human Remains, but a decent amount of technicality is still involved. I’m talking precise and perfect synchronization between the musicians. The vocals are a combination of indecipherable screams and low gurgles…the guy sounds like he’s being forced to watch General Hospital while a blind man’s trying to pry his knee cap off with a gardening spade. It’s typical of grind I guess, but it’s unfortunate that you can’t understand what the fuck he’s saying considering the brilliant lyrics. I lost my place many times reading along in the lyrics. Reminds me of the time I tried reading along to Lord Worm’s vocals on Cryptopsy’s Blasphemy Made Flesh. Production on The Inalienable Dreamless is downright awesome. Dave’s drums sound perfect…nice natural sound that is mixed perfectly with the guitars, which sound very clean. So when this band plays at full tilt, you can still hear everything that’s going on.
This is not the first release from Discordance Axis, but it’s the one that seems to be gaining them a lot of attention. And rightfully so, because this is some killer grind! It’s also an improvement over their older material. I usually don’t link this kind of grind, but these guys are tight, and they have a killer sound. This album takes a few spins to grow on you. Check out their bizarre (and frustrating) site at http://www.studio-grey.com/da.
Also visist Hydrahead’s site at http://www.hydrahead.com