Thursday, April 7, 2011

Amebix - Arise (Alternative Tentacles, 1985)

The Band with No Name; that was the original moniker for this incredibly significant English band formed in 1978.

They were the first to merge anarcho-punk and heavy metal music in a creative and interesting way and are often cited as one of the key bands to trigger the crust punk movement. Many prominent musicians in the punk scene aided their career as well; Their first album was released due to vocalist Rob Miller getting their demo tape into the hands of Crass who later included the Amebix track 'Universally Challenged' on their Crass Records: Bullshit Detector comp in 1980. Later in 1984, they met Jello Biafra, who signed them as the first UK band to appear on Alternative Tentacles, which is how we know the album Arise.

This record is seminal in the truest sense of the word. Hard hitting, agressive, thought-provoking and cultured (the first track 'The Moor' is based on the Gyorgy Ligeti piece 'Requiem', made famous by the monolith scene in the film 2001.

"Arise you fucking assholes. Speak now or forever hold your peace."

Props long overdue to HPC for the recommendation.

Get this shit if you don't already have it

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