Grave New World

June 27th, 1986

Clay Records/ Profile Records/RoadrunneR Holland 

Some metal webZine’s has this listed as a GLAM METAL album and some have this listed as a HEAVY METAL album. I was a first day buyer of this album and its predecessor Discharge “Hear Nothing, See Nothing, and Say Nothing” which was released on March 9th, 1982. So which is it a GLAM METAL or HEAVY METAL album???? Well to me GLAM METAL is in the HEAVY METAL family tree, no matter what the revisionist/ elitist claim.

I got a chance to get this again from Sanctuary/Restricted records. it was available again in a reEdition. The 11th over-all version. 12th actually this album on CD is in a Box Set, years back.

I visit the record shoppes, 123 times a year, since 1986. I make it now 3 or 4 times a week still ,and I have never ever seen a USED CD of this album, or a new CD of this album until now.  I would have been happy with a Profile Records cassette tape, but even those are rare, and never seen.

Discharge always had an affinity for Black Sabbath, Motörhead.

The inspiration for this album was the bands rediscovery of their affinity for Led Zepplin. Which is my favorite singer, favorite singer. King Diamond is a huge Robert Plant fan, as well as Jinx Dawson!!!

For this album the band was trying to touch upon the head-space, a grey area between Led Zepplin, and perhaps Mercyful Fate/ King Diamond, Diamond Head, Metallica….but got carried away and over shot this artistic vision.

This album fits perfectly between Heavy Rotation Cirith Ungol “Frost and Fire” “King of the Dead”, Thrust “Fist Held High” Nuclear Assault “Game Over”. The Metallica “No Life ’til Leather” where James Hetfield sounds like a cross between Sean Harris and Vince Neil of Mötley Crue FAME. I can imagine this being everyday listening for John Connelly Nuclear Assault FAME.

As a fan of all-thing falsetto, this was a mandatory metallic purchase.

No matter the classification, the guitar work on this album is fucking KILLER METAL….!!!

Most of my favorite albums are 7 track albums Mercyful Fate “Melissa”, Onslaught “The Force”, and Bloodlust “Guilty as Sin”….

When listening to this album, you will get the feeling this must have been the inspiration for Celtic Frost “Cold Lake”

The album closer “The Dowward Spiral” clocks in a 15 minuets and 9 seconds.

If your everyday listening is Mercyful Fate, since  1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 this is essential if you have a different head space borrow this record first. At first back in 1986 I thought t his was a different Discharge, because of the logo change and the artwork, but the Clay/ RoadrunneR/ Profile Records, were in stock back then, they sold fast, and never ended back into the second-hand record shops.

Actually I am not sure if this album would fit in perfectly between spins of My Ruin and Mötley Crue “Too Fast for Love” like some publications claim….! Like I said the guitar work on this is highly inspired and if you listen of metallic mayhem with higher register/ falsetto vocals, this is another album in this vein….!!!!