DISFEAR - Soul Scars LP

DISFEAR - Soul Scars LP

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Originally released in 1995 via Distortion Records, reissued on vinyl again 25 years later! 100% d-beat crusher! Forming around 1989, Disfear took elements from both crust and death metal scenes to effectively reinvent the Swedish sound. It is from Disfear's influence that we have seen the likes of Martyrdod, Warcollapse, Wolfpack (now Wolfbrigade) and countless others.

Another innovation made by Disfear was the shift from political commentary on war to the fatalistic and psychological impacts war makes. Again, the band's lyrics also showed influence from the realm of death metal. Gone were the cries for peace and protest against government warmongers and replaced by the resignation that the war was lost. The band's debut LP "Soul Scars" spells this out perfectly. Themes of psychological trauma and irrevocably broken lives from war replaced the politically charged battle cries that Discharge once made.

"Disfear built upon the foundations of early 80's Swedish raw punk and Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing era Discharge. The result is an unrelenting barrage of ferocity that will have you pounding your fist and banging your head. I remember this record causing a stir when it was released. At the time people were critical of the new wave of "dis" bands aping Discharge. But rather than a homage or a slavish copy, Disfear and their contemporaries were moving this style of hardcore forward into a unique and new style of Swedish hardcore."