Wednesday, 8 January 2014


"Sonic mass"
Year:  2011
Country:  UK
City:  Tavistock
Label:  Amebix
Format:  LP , CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  44 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism , pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk         Doom Metal

Influential English band considered to be the godfathers of the punk-metal subgenre. They recorded 2 full-length albums and 3 EPs before splitting up in 1987, at which time The Baron went to live on the isle of Skye and worked as a self-taught sword-smith whilst the remainder of the band forged ahead with Smartpils, The member Tim Crow as Zygote. This endeavour was short-lived however, and lasted until the early 1990s before fading into obscurity. The band officially reformed in February 2008 without Spider and with new drummer Roy Mayorga (Nausea), Soulfly, Stone Sour). However in 2012, in a interview, Rob "The Baron" Miller has made a statement announcing that Amebix is no more.
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Year:  2010
Country:  UK
City:  Tavistock
Label:  Profane Existence
Format:  EP
Tracks:  3
Time:  17 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism , pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk         Thrash Metal   

Redux is an EP by Amebix. It is a 3 track studio release with a bonus downloadable live track. The album was recorded in 2009 after original Amebix members Rob and Stig met with drummer Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour, Soulfly, Nausea) to record some songs for a documentary about the band. The first three tracks are re-recordings of older songs while the fourth track was recorded live on their US re-union tour in 2009. The album was released in CD, Vinyl, and digital format. Both the CD and vinyl versions had the first three songs with a card for a download of the digital version, which included the live bonus track.
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"Amebix Tribute Japan"
Year:  2005
Country:  Japan
Label:  Agipunk
Format:  LP , CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:      Punk      Hardcore      Metal

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Year:  1987
Country:  UK
City:  Tavistock
Label:  Back on black
Format:  LP
Tracks: 9
Time:  33 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism , pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Doom Metal

This album is the last classic release by Amebix, and it's also their most gloomy and depressive one. This is partly because it was influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, Bauhaus, Joy Division and Killing Joke, and the album itself became a source of inspiration for not only crust and metal bands, but for some industrial rock bands as well (Godflesh, for ex.) The lyrics on this album are just perfect, so it's strongly recommended to read them (all the lyrics are included in the archive). Along with portraying a dark and gloomy image of post-apocalyptic world, they bear a strong revolutionary anti-authoritarian message. As for music... well, it's Amebix, enough said. BTW, the voice of the singer reminds the those of Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) a bit. Check out the last track, "Coming Home" - it's kind of a ballad, and it's really beautiful!
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Year:  1985
Country:  UK
Label:  Alternative Tentacles rec.
Format: CD
Tracks:  9
Time:  20 min.
Lyrical themes: anarchism , pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:       Punk        Thrash Metal

"Arise!" is the title of a studio album originally released on vinyl by Amebix in 1985. The album was released on CD in 1995 and in 2000 remastered and re-released on CD/LP as 'Arise +2' with the "Right to Ride" demo included as two bonus tracks. On the vinyl version these were included as a bonus 7". The band Fear of God is named after the third track. "The Moor" is based upon "Requiem" by György Ligeti, famously used in the Lunar monolith sequence in the cult film "2001: A Space Odyssey". "Largactyl" is a misspelled version of the proprietary name for the antipsychotic medication chlorpromazine (Largactil). 
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