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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. Disfear
simply took the things that made the Swedish death metal scene so
effective such as ferocious/anxious vocals and pummeling drums and put
them into the arena of d-beat punk. The result added new dimensions to
the genre's sound.
Arriving on the scene in Sweden, the band would tour with much of
Sweden's metal royalty such as Entombed and Dismember. This happened in
part because the band did not have many sonic contemporaries in Sweden
at the time. 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.