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Album Review

"High-concept grindcore" may strike some as a contradiction is terms, but that may be the best description for The Inalienable Dreamless, Discordance Axis' third full-length. From the DVD-style packaging and the cryptic booklet design on through the thoughtful, literary lyrics (which reference authors Joseph Conrad and Phillip K. Dick, among others), it is clear that much thought and effort went into this release. As for the music itself, the key word is "fast." Drummer Dave Witte sets the pace with his relentless blastbeats and hyperactive fills, which swerve through all sorts of shifting rhythms and non-standard time signatures. The guitars, meanwhile, are consistently angular and dissonant, in this sense sharing at least as much in common with progressive metalers Voivod or fellow New Jerseyites Dillinger Escape Plan as they do with grindcore fathers Napalm Death. Topping off the guitar and drums (the band doesn't use a bassist) is a dual vocal attack that mixes shrill, abrasive shrieks with more sporadically used intestinal grunts, which make a fitting match for the music. The album packs 17 songs into an exhausting 23-minute running time, which despite being well short of "true" full-length status, is really the ideal length for this type of music. Apart from the fittingly named "A Leaden Stride to Nowhere," a lurching, stop-and-start-filled song that is the slowest and longest one on the album, it is difficult to pick out standout tracks. That is not because the songwriting is weak, but because the overall pace and volume are so unrelenting. The songs do distinguish themselves with repeated listens, and are in fact quite complex and intricate, but the real draw here is the rush that comes from the music's sheer speed and the jagged-edged noisiness. Those looking for soothing sounds or catchy melodies will not be pleased with this album, but for connoisseurs of intelligent grindcore and noise in general, it can be safely recommended.

Customer Reviews


This is the greatest album ever recorded. Period.

The most extreme and chaotic metal album ever!

Hands down, this is the best grincore album yet. Inalienable Dreamless (I.D.) is most likely the fastest grind album, it totally out speeds all the old school bands such as Napalm Death and Brutal Truth. I.D. has about the same speed as the older Agoraphobic Nosebleed albums and they use a drum machine while Discordance Axis has a human drummer. Also the riffs in this album are amazing! Very heavy, fast, unique and just some bada$$ shredding. Now the vocals, which has two types, insane screaming and brutal roars. Overall the vocals are pretty much inhuman. And to top it off, the lyrics are some of the best I have heard from a metal band. Incredibly intelligent, its up there with later Death's lyrics. They are pretty much about life, inner struggles and just being metaphorical. My personal favorite songs have to be, Oratorio in grey, The necropolitian, Pattern Blue, Radiant Arkham and A leaden stride to nowhere. If you listen to grindcore, get this album or even if you just love extreme music.


This is the epitome of grindcore


Formed: 1992 in East Brunswick, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Because they rarely play live, avoid photographs and other forms of image mongering, and layer their releases with cryptic references, the grindcore band Discordance Axis remains a bit of an enigma. What is known is that they formed in New Jersey in 1991 and feature a lineup of vocalist Jon Chang, guitarist Rob Marton, and drummer Dave Witte, the latter having played with a number of other bands including Atomsmasher, Human Remains, Black Army Jacket, and Burnt by the Sun. Discordance Axis released...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 2000

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