Discordance Axis
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Ulterior (1995), 6/10
Jouhou (1998), 6.5/10
The Inalienable Dreamless (2000), 7/10
Gridlink: Amber Gray (2008), 6.5/10
Gridlink: Orphan (2011), 6/10

Discordance Axis were a were a bass-less grindcore trio (guitarist Rob Marton, drummer Dave Witte, vocalist Jon Chang) influenced by Japanese hardcore (and formed by Japanese and USA musicians in New Jersey). Their classics were Ulterior (1995), also contained in Original Sound Version, and especially Jouhou (1998), also contained in Perfect Collection Jouhou (Hydra Head, 2004), which fully attains virtuosity nirvana.

Another brief blurt of grindcore noise, The Inalienable Dreamless (Hydra Head, 2000), was their swan song.

After the break-up, Our Last Day (Hydra Head, 2005) collected assorted left-overs.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Marco Spagnuolo)

I Discordance Axis erano un trio grindcore senza il bassista ,formati dal chitarrista Rob Marton , dal batterista Dave Witte e dal cantante Jon Chang; influenzati dall'hardcore giapponese la band era formata da musicisti sia giapponesi sia americani. I loro classici furono Ulterior (1995), anche contenuto in Original Sound Version,e soprattutto Jouhou (1998), i cui brani sono contenuti anche in Perfect Collection Jouhou (Hydra Head, 2004), i quali ragiungono pienamente l'apice della creativit…. Un altra composizione vicino ad un sound grindcore, The Inalienable Dreamless (Hydra Head 2000) fu il loro capolavoro. Dopo lo scioglimento della band, viene pubblicato nel 2005 Our Last Day (Hydra Head, 2005) una raccolta dei loro "avanzi".

Discordance Axis' drummer Dave Witte was also active in Municipal Waste.

Discordance Axis' vocalist Jon Chang formed Hayaino Daisuki and released Headbanger's Karaoke Club Dangerous Fire (Hydra Head, 2008) in a more moderate style; but Jon Chang also formed Gridlink that released Amber Gray (Hydra Head, 2008), containing 11 songs in 12 minutes, and Orphan (HydraHead, 2011), containing 12 songs in 12 minutes, both concentrates of frenzied manic pummeling grindcore. The former wastes no time in launching one of the most visceral attacks of all time with Amber Gray and from there on it's a relentless onslaught, with even faster shrapnels like The Jenova, Crash Logs and Antitheist, ending with the absolutely demonic Severance Package. One can discriminate the one-minute explosions based on the degree of shrieking and the seconds of guitar detours (Pattern Recognition wins out) but ultimately there is only a bit of respite with the gothic tone of Stake Knife. Japanese guitarist Takafumi Matsubara and veteran drummer Bryan Fajardo well complement Chang's superhuman fangs. The second album, that features the seven-second Cargo 200, tries to introduce real pathos (Dar Al-Harm), horror Flatworlder ("slow" by their standards), a more human form of desperation (Orphan), and even melody (Red Eye and The Last Red Shoulder), but mostly just piles up frenzy on frenzy, best in Scopedog, Embers Blood And Treasure, Thorn Farmer and Hearts

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