An Evening With Dischordia: A Concert Review

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Last year I had the privilege of seeing Dischordia open for Black Crown Initiate at FUBAR in St. Louis and I quite enjoyed myself! Was it worth making the trek (2.5 miles according to Google Maps) to see them again in 2015, as part of their The Prisoner tour? PERHAPS, but you’d better keep reading to find out (hint: the answer is yes).

I had shit* going on during the day of July 9, so it was rather convenient that I pulled into the Firebird parking lot at 9PM that evening. “Squee!” I exclaimed, for as I walked in I could see the members of Dischordia putting the final touches on their equipment. I somehow accomplished the impossible: skipped all the anonymous, opening acts to see the band in which I was interested in seeing. To the bar I headed…

Having beer in hand and ear-plugs in ear-holes, I joined the other 19 people at the front stage JUST in time for Dischordia to start their set. The biggest act of the evening here tonight was Tyranny Enthroned, and as good as they are (they are VERY good), all bands had to compete with the local art museum showing Back to the Future on a large, inflatable screen. “Why do I point out how many people were at the show?” you’re asking yourself. Well it’s quite simple: whether Dischordia is performing for 20 or a packed venue (as they were in 2014) they give it all they’ve got.

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From left to right:  Keeno (guitar, vox), Josh #1 (drums), and Josh #2 (bass, vox)

The band launched into their setlist with two songs coinciding from their 2013 full-length dick-crusher Project 19: “The Enemy” and “Torches”. Each song was tackled with the skill of a well-oiled machine and the sound quality was actually better than what you can hear on the physical copy of Project 19 (which the band admits lacks in sound production). It’s funny, I can hear a recorded album a dozen times but not really grasp the great amount of work that goes into the creation of those sounds until I see them live. With Dischoria, I got to see first-hand all the nuances that I never quite knew were present in the initial recording, like intricate drum fills hidden among already challenging patterns. One might assume that studio time allows the band unlimited chances to include various layers of different guitar tones; yet live I got to witness the guitar players adjusting different foot pedals and amps to fit the current tune, not just once or twice but multiple times throughout each song! Next were “Dark Passenger” and “Zone of Perpetual Darkness”, the latter which received a rather touching introduction from Josh #2:

Through a strange chain of events, I found myself on social media interacting with several fans across the globe. One particular individual, Bozlinger from Australia, has passed away in the last week. This next song I dedicate to his memory.

Heck I might have been the only person in the crowd to get the reference (as confirmed by a few crowd members who mocked the tribute), but it hit home for me. It was really cool to hear Dischordia mention a fallen brother of the TovH community. To lighten the mood, the next track was dedicated to “fire ants”, yes fire ants; something that might catch you off guard but it perfectly aligns with Josh #2’s typical on-stage banter that often reminds me of something Devin Townsend would say. Between songs I shouted as loud as I could “Tom Waits!!!”, but the band casually ignored my request. Although, next up was a cover by Thrice from their 2015 Sources EP.

 

Right here and now I’ll admit that simply the name Thrice gives me bad vibes, as my college roommates used to listen to them amongst other punk/emo bands, and so I initially had a bad taste in my mouth. But having given the chance to listen to the song in a live setting, I would never have guessed it to be a punk/emo song (is it? honestly, I have no clue) because I enjoyed it quite thoroughly! Dischordia thrashed through it with an intensity that may have tricked a newcomer to thinking it was an original tune.

Following this, the band played “The Grand Design” off Project 19, and immediately afterwards a sound-stage guy came up to whisper a secret into Josh #2’s ear. After which he relayed to the crowd the news: “there just isn’t enough time to cover our Dillinger Escape Plan song”, the boo’s and general disappointments were heard all over. Fortunately, the next track, “Madhouse”, really got the audience moving! Upon announcement of the final song, everyone engaged in head-banging and shouting (with devil-horns intact). They performed “Madhouse” with the energy of a band playing it as an encore, yet little did we know…

In an uplifting turn of events, Josh #2 announced that they were given enough time to play their cover of “Sugar Coated Sour”; and the crowed went BATSHIT INSANE. Everyone in participation knew all the twists and turns of the track and the energy was palpable. Everyone enjoyed the band’s full set thus far; but upon hearing this nugget of news, the crowd essentially found an infinity stone of energy and enjoyed EVERY note of the performance. It is truly mind-blowing to catch a venue of 20 people at their peak energy level! I hope it goes without saying that the band nailed every note, every time change, in “Sugar Coated Sour”. It was absolute mayhem.

After the show I met the members of the band at the bar where two things happened: 1) I tried to buy everyone beers but the local PBR rep stepped in and bought them for me and 2) Josh #2 and I ran into a rather racist metal couple who tried to explain to us the difference between black people and, y’know what, it’s just so dumb that I just can’t finish this.

So we found some random excuse and absconded to the parking lot where we talked about Life, The Universe, and Everything over a few IPA’s. Many passers-by stopped to compliment him on the band’s performance and talk about how “there aren’t many bands these days playing different forms of challenging death metal”. To one of these bystanders Josh #2 remarked “If you ever want to discover new, quality metal bands you should check out the Toilet ov Hell”. Upon hearing this I said “you KNOW about the Toilet ov Hell? I go there too…” I told him my identity “McNulty” and he told me his identity “Stockhausen” and things became weird. Very weird. Coincidentally at that time he received an incoming call (phone must have been on vibrate because I heard no ringtone) from his bandmates demanding that he go inside, and I had to leave to join my friends at Back to the Future, and here is where we shared our display of awkwardness.

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TL;DR:  Dischordia fucking slays live. Take any chance that you get to SEE THEM AND BUY MERCH.

* Drinking

(you can find Dischordia on Bandcamp via)  (image via)  (all others via my crappy cellphone camera)

  • Don Henley’s Ego

    If Dischordia comes to my area of the US I shall see them. Maybe they can open for the Misfits as the venue is looking for openers for that.

  • Hubert

    Hey Stockhausen plz tour Europe. I can pay for your trip with goat money.

    • Given the bad prices on the Tapircoins, I would like to know about the current state of goatcoins.

    • Stockhausen

      Is goat money blasphemous and inverted?

      • Dagon

        It’s milky and delicious

  • Oh, man. This was an enjoyable text. Thanks, Macñulti, and thanks Stocky. You both rule.

  • Great write up !

    -CB KJM, plz

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Get a grip dude.

      • Don’t you get tired of being grumpy all time?

      • Furthermore, I happen to actually care that he left.

        GL

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Who’s to say I didn’t?

        • God

          Wait why did he leave? Something always happens when I’m gone.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I guess he got tired of the vomit videos, and a picture of a cat in the mouth of a dog, or something like that.

          • God

            Man I miss all the fun stuff

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Your “all-knowing” is slipping, lord.

          • God

            I may have overhyped my omnipotence more than needed apparently

        • CT-12

          You’re not alone in your thoughts, I was pissed to hear he was gone as well. Was gonna tell him I was going to Raw last night! Oh well, hope he returns soon.

  • I saw Dischordia once. That singer guy was a fuckin’ dick.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I’ve never seen them live, but I can tell by the pictures that he’s the absolute worst.

      • Dubzlinger, Malandro

        He’s a tremendous knob.

        • I hear he wears socks with sandals.

          • And a fedora

          • Stockhausen

            A fedora on each foot with sandals over it, so m’lady knows what kind of m’gentleman I m’am.

    • THERE YOU GO LABELING EVERYONE AGAIN. FUCK.

      • tertius_decimus

        /srsnote

        This is exactly why ToH is a great place to be: everyone allowed to share his/her opinion no matter how biased it is. I’m getting banned all the time at some boards for sharing something that doesn’t meet certain group’s expectations. If you’re outside their mind circle, you’re outlaw.

        I loathe this approach.

        Thanks to common sense, there still are places of freedom. ToH is one of those.

        • Dubzlinger, Malandro

          Haha, we’re all joking here because we know Josh personally. He’s a good friend.

          • tertius_decimus

            I know. 🙂

        • Howard Dean

          Agreed. This is mostly true. Though the ToH elite aren’t above swinging the ban hammer, right Joseph? 😉

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            Howard plz! They’ve only swung it twice and that was for me and for you!

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            I’ve been banned for ten minutes. Best ten minutes of my life.

          • tertius_decimus

            Heck! I even dig the fact Randall still isn’t in the black list!

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            Where has Randall been? I haven’t seen him in a while.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Thank the sweet Lord

          • tertius_decimus

            Few days ago he was asking something in the vein of “where the fuck is power metal?”. He was given few samples to feed his hunger.

          • more beer

            Where do you think? In an epic battle slaying a poser!

          • tertius_decimus

            Or mating with dragons.

          • more beer

            Inter species mating. I hope he gets off before he gets burned to a crisp.

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            He probably was slaying a poser. I’m just lucky he hasn’t slain me and my poserdom.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Speaking of where are they now:Janitor Jim Duggins?

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            I don’t remember where he went. He told me he was taking an indefinite hiatus.

          • more beer

            He went to get a back of smokes and hasn`t been seen since.I actually have a friend who did that to his girlfriend and didn`t come back for 10 months.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            haha. or the gallon of milk….

            he was a fixture here….1,000 comments a day for 85% of the first year…

          • Dubzlinger, Malandro

            I really can’t tell if you’re joking or not.

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            I know they’re joking. I’m just playing along.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            open mouth insert foot…I am not aware of the reason hes gone. oops..(no BS)

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            im not…(hoping something terrible didn’t happen now)

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Don Henley’s Ego is JJD.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            You don’t say?

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            WELCOME BACK

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Tacoriff plz! I was never gone!

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Did you get your smokes?

          • more beer

            No he didn`t. Tapir PLZ. He doesn`t drink, smoke or do drugs.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            YES! I need to get reacquainted with all the profiles here obliviously…

          • Dubzlinger, Malandro

            JJD is Don Henley’s Ego is Kevin Nash and Friends is Eddie Trunk Junior

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            holy crap.

            hahahahah….

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Don Henley IS JJD.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            WHAT????!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!??!?

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            You’re too slow!

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            You’d be slow too if you weighed a ton.

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            Beer plz! JJD doesn’t smoke, drink or do drugs!

          • more beer

            Here you go again taking things to literally. That`s an old joke. When someone says I`m going to get a pack of smokes and never returns. No you have a worse addiction than all of those. Fast food.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Reminds me of Nelson’s dad from the Simpsons who left to get Pop Tarts and never returned.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            DUDE….(mind blown)

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            You remember that too? That was in one of my favorite episodes of it.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            hahah i wasn’t busting balls….so funny!

          • more beer

            There ya go same thing..

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            A lot of people smoke these days. The lines must be horrible.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            between the smokers and lotto players my local convenient store is no longer convenient

          • more beer

            Let`s not leave out the people buying up all the chips and candy with their ebt cards.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            yea them too!

          • #LeaveRandallAlone T-T)

            Oh, wait…

            Yeah, I hope Randall is safe.

          • more beer

            You better get that Banned Howard Dean account ready again.

          • Howard Dean

            Haha, I still have it, and it’s still banned!

            The account I’m using now was an old novelty account I used once upon a time to write shitty poetry for the ToH. I just converted it to HD when my main account stayed banned.

          • more beer

            Like a good politician. Exploiting a loophole!

          • Stockhausen

            Ignatius!

          • Howard Dean

            A sage once spake his brain,
            A heroin to his Staley Lane,
            Eyes encrusted, an ugly dust,
            Ignatius cries, “HD or Bust!”

          • Stockhausen

            *sigh ov contentment*

          • Guacamole Jim

            Only for those who can’t use italics properly.

          • Guacamole Jim

            RFI

          • Howard Dean

            Howard Dean:Disqus Tech::Greece:Debt Management

          • Howard Dean

            I suck terribly at disqus command thingies. I always forget the backslash.

            FUCK

          • Guacamole Jim

            Full disclosure: it took me forever to figure out how to do it at all, so I’d just avoid writing things with bold or italics rather than fuck it up.

          • Howard Dean

            I always think I remember how to do it, and then I just fuck it up like a damn savage Neanderthal motherfucker.

          • That’s why I never did any kind of ortotypography changes to my comments.

            Jajajaja!!

          • Guacamole Jim

            You’re lucky I didn’t screencap that 😉

          • That’s between you and me, beibi.

          • Howard Dean

            No sir, I saw it too!

            AH CAN I GETTA WITNESS?!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Is Link Some Kind Of Wonderful?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7B5jXYRy3Q

          • From what I’ve recollected in my Toilet year. It seems I’ve more hidden powers and that I’m a good half-elf.

          • Shinfo for the day: This is one of the first songs I learned on bass.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Is it easy?

          • tertius_decimus
          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Maybe someone else did…

          • Dagon

            Fancy

          • Max

            Please Jim, can you give my clueless ass a tutorial on how to utilize bold or italics in Disqus? I’m SO FUCKING TIRED of emphasizing things in capitals. I don’t want everybody to think I’m SHOUTING at them.

          • Waynecro

            I feel your pain. I only learned how to italicize stuff in comments because The Chicago Manual of Style makes me cut myself whenever I use quotation marks to call out an album title.

        • Dagon

          Cvlt Nation deleted my comment for pointing out that supporting communism and critiquing nazism is hypocritical.

          I’d rather be banned than just have my comment sneak deleted.

          • tertius_decimus

            LOL @ Cvlt Nation! Commumism and nazism are two extremes of the same. There is more common than different in these. That’s why modern Russia is nazi/police country: they were under communist pressure for 70 years, so they know how to do it. Three generations were born and taught to be dicks about everything — that’s the perfect ground to grow another generation to avoid like a plague.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        I tried to like original comments by you and Joe = duh.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          GAAAH

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            haha

      • tigeraid

        Bro, Joe, he got you there.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      Dischordia >>> great stuff!

      I hear Jimmy’s so close with the band he made it to the post show van party!

    • Stockhausen

      Somethingsomethingelectricfriendssuckssomethingsomethingthanksforthebeer

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    That is one dreamy pic.

    • Stockhausen

      Who is Jimmy and who is Stockhausen? Only multiple, easy ways to find out!

  • DCLXVI

    lookit you two lovebirds, awwww

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    This isn’t really very good music to stare at the wall to, but I guess it’s still alright.
    The show sounds like it was good, which I guess makes up for the lack of Wallgazeability

  • Tyree
  • Scrimm

    That dude on the left <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

  • Did you touch your butts together or what?

    • Howard Dean

      Ass to ass, Requiem for a Dream style.

      • Oh… One of the most disgusting things I’ve ever saw in a film, to be honest.

        I love that movie, but it’s so heavy and intense that I can’t watch it multiple times.

        • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

          *one of the most awesome

          Ftfy

          • Blackbeard. KJM sent me his email address. Is there any way so I can send it to you in private? (Twitter Direct Message; email, another social network profile…).

      • Tyree
        • Howard Dean

          Haha, fuck that dude was sketchy!

          Side note: Jennifer Connelly was still sexy as fuck in that movie, even as a strung out junkie.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      is that like butt to butt or simultaneously?

    • Stockhausen

      Are you suggesting not doing it was an option?

    • ass2ass?

  • Dubzlinger, Malandro

    That Josh #2 knows beer pretty well. I’m surprised he would sully his palate with PBR. Hurry up on that next album, you knobroni.

    • Stockhausen

      For the record, I had a Tallgrass 16-Bit double pale ale while those jabronis wallowed in misery.

  • EsusMoose

    Saw them a few days later, all i got was some smooth jazz and pantera. Beer was alright and Dischordia was great.