Saturday, February 27, 2010

Amebix - "Arise!" (1985)

AMEBIX "Arise!"

Year: 1985
Genre: Crust/Thrash Metal
Country: UK
Label: Alternative Tentacles

Track List:
  1. The Moor
  2. Axeman
  3. Fear of God
  4. Largactyl
  5. Drink and Be Merry
  6. Spoils of Victory
  7. Arise!
  8. Slave
  9. The Darkest Hour
  10. Right to Ride
  11. Beyond the Sun

NB: The song "Largactyl" was written in response and somewhat in honor to Martin (previous drummer) for being diagnosed with "paranoid schizophrenia" and being institutionalized without choice by his parents.

It's always hard to write about such well-known releases, so I'll make it as short as possible. This album is widely regarded as a classic example of 80's metallic crust punk, and it has became a source of inspiration for many well-known bands, including Sepultura, Neurosis, Deviated Instinct... and of course, for a lot of RABM bands! "Arise!" is more "metallic" than any of their previous releases, and the lyrics contain an explicit political message. While being definitely not "soft" and "easy to listen", this album does contain a lot of slow acoustic parts, and the influence of post-punk and gothic rock is also evident.

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