Entries tagged with: Amebix
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Amebix at Bowery Ballroom, January 2009 (more by Justina Villanueva)
"To my deep regret, AMEBIX has now come to a point where we can no longer continue as a band. We have spent the past five years engaged in a process of resurrecting this group from the ashes and feel very proud of what we have managed to achieve in that time, both in the live performances and also in the album that resulted from this extraordinary time. 'Sonic Mass' is a worthy successor to all of our earlier work, bringing a lot of our original impetus and ideas into clear focus....AMEBIX was and is the creation and brainchild of both myself and my brother Stig. With either of us absent, it is no longer AMEBIX.
The Baron goes on to say that further announcements regarding a "new incarnation of the Amebix legacy" with last drummer Roy Mayorga will appear on the official website.
Reportedly The Baron and Stig (also a founding member) had discussed the split, though nothing official had been planned yet. In a Facebook post, Stig proclaimed "WOW FIRST I'VE HEARD OF THIS."
No word as to where this will lead, though hopefully not in two versions of Amebix kicking around ala Sham 69.
DOWNLOAD: Amebix - "Winter" (MP3)
Amebix at Bowery Ballroom (more by Justina Villanueva)
Now that Amebix is officially back from the grave, we should all give praise to the fact that the crust-metal (no) gods are back in the studio grinding out material. Original members The Baron and Stig have teamed up with current drummer Roy Mayorga (who also recorded/mixed) to hit us with the Redux EP on Profane Existence, a release that revisits four Amebix classics, one recorded live on their 2009 tour. The re-recorded three songs were picked by the band as "their favorites". One of those tracks, "Winter" from their 1983 7" of the same name, is available for download above. Stream the whole EP via the band.
No word on a second round of US dates for the Scotland murderers, but until then, dig on some video from their last batch of shows below...
by Black Bubblegum
Amebix, in a rare moment of calm? (more by Justina Villanueva)
Chaos in Tejas 2009 is on and poppin', having laid out May 21st-24th in Austin for a crust/punk/hardcore field day(s)... dig on the sick FINALIZED lineup that includes punk favorites like Amebix, Cock Sparrer, and Cro-Mags, as well as Eyehategod, The Thermals, Harvey Milk, Annihilation Time, Outlaw Order, Crude, Severed Head of State, Warcry, Ponytail, Trash Talk... the killer list goes on:
photos by Justina Villanueva
Mercifully, singer/bassist Rob "the Baron" Miller and guitarist Stig didn't look the least bit punk - just two skinny, older, well-preserved British guys with long hair, dudes you might see poking around the sci-fi section of a used book store or teaching high school physics.That review comes from the show Amebix played in Austin the other day. Last night (1/29) was their sold out show at Bowery Ballroom with Kylesa and Thought Crime. All you need to do is look at the rest of the pictures (below) to know it must have also been a good time (kicking myself for not going)...
But they delivered utterly, playing deceptively simple songs about the apocalypse and what comes next, powered with precision tooled fury by drummer Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour). Mayorga made everything pulse, roll and move while the Baron was still doing his best Lemmy vocal impression.
It reminded you that Amebix wasn't just a punk band, but was strongly in the tradition of such heavy British psychedelic rockers as Hawkwind and could match Joy Division mopey vision for mopey vision.
Punks wandered in from as far away as Denver and Minneapolis for this show; locals who usually look angry at everything that moves were sporting massive smiles. The sound of the end times will do that. [Austin 360]
by Black Bubblegum
Skeletonwitch (who recently played Public Assembly as part of Show No Mercy) and Black Tusk will team up with Kylesa for a few dates sandwiched between Kylesa's appearance at the Scion Rock Fest and their upcoming tour with The Haunted, Nachtmystium, and Intronaut (that hits BB Kings on 4/19 and tickets are still on sale).
If for some god-forsaken reason you have forgotten about the Kylesa show TONIGHT (1/28) at The Charleston with Tombs, Tournament, Black Anvil, and The Brass, let this serve as a reminder. Lots of heavy riffing and bowel-shaking pleasure lies ahead.... but get there early... doors at 8PM. New (less secretive) flyer below.
Kylesa will also be at the equally earth-moving show tommorrow (1/29) at the Bowery Ballroom with crust legends Amebix, Thought Crime, & Atakke.... but unfortunately, that show is now sold-out.
All dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
Kylesa @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg (More By Tim Griffin)
Do you enjoy the hard rockin sounds of southern metal but have an un-natural fear of crust punk legends? Want to see a certifiably badass band tear you a new one in a room the size of someone's basement? Well friends, you are in luck! It looks like Kylesa have scheduled a show at The Charleston (!!!) with Tombs (!!), Tournament, and Black Anvil(!) as part of Hardcore Night on Jan 28th, the day before they take the stage opening for Amebix (tickets for that show here). Charleston flyer and Kylesa's full tour schedule below. That includes the previously mentioned dates with The Haunted.
In other Kylesa news, the band recently announced their new album Static Tensions, due in March on Prosthetic with 20 Buck Spin doing the honors on the vinyl tip. Look for the vinyl to be released in two versions: a regular edition with a single LP with an eight-page LP-size booklet and a "deluxe", a limited-to-500 gatefold 2xLP on colored vinyl mastered at 45 RPM! Fellow Savannah madman John Dyer Baizley of Baroness will do the
artwork honors. That's it to the right.
Kylesa also announced they are on board for the holy shit fest, I mean, the Scion Rock Fest at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA on Feb 28th with Mastodon, Neurosis, High on Fire, Boris, 1349, Cryptopsy, Torche, Nachtmystium, Wolves in the Throne Room, Baroness, Harvey Milk, Zoroaster, Withered, Krallice, Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch, Rwake, A Storm of Light, Warbringer, Salome, Suidakra, Tyr, and Alestorm. That shit is FREE. More info forthcoming.
Kylesa, as well as Rwake, Zoroaster, and many other luminaries, will be featured in Slow Southern Steel, a documentary profiling the southern metal scene. Details about screenings up north are sketch, but we'll let you know if anything arises. Slow Southern Steel is directed by CT, aka the razorblade throat behind Rwake.
Skeletonwitch will be here on Sunday 1/11 with Cannabis Corpse and Attake. Attake is also playing the Amebix/Kylesa show.
Charleston flyer and tour dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
The Haunted (with the Bjorler twins of At The Gates) have announced their 2009 North American tour, in support of 2008's Versus, with unfuckwitable support from Nachtmystium, Kylesa, AND Intronaut (!!!) including one show at BB Kings in NYC on April 19th. Tickets are on sale today (@ 10AM).
Nachtmystium have one other show on the calendar, at The Masquerade in Atlanta on Feb 28th as part of the Atlanta Metal Festival. The psych-black metal "assassins" recently played Public Assembly with Velnias, Javelina, and Malkuth as part of the inaugural event of the Show No Mercy series. Skeletonwitch, Cannabis Corpse, and Atakke are lined up for round two on Jan 11th, 2009.
Intronaut released Prehistoricisms earlier this year and was last seen in NYC with Mouth Of the Architect.
All tour dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
As previously announced, Amebix have reunited, but prepare to get even more nuts... 'cause the crust punk godfathers have scheduled a short run of the US including a single show at Bowery Ballroom on January 29th with Kylesa, Thought Crime and Atakke! Tickets for the NYC show are on sale.
Amebix is currently accepting pre-orders for their Risen DVD, which is due "summer 2008" (translation: not sure when).
by Black Bubblegum
Intronaut is about to get prehistoric on dat azz, when the new LP Prehistoricisms (full tracklisting below) hits the shelves on September 16th via their new label Century Media. Metalkult has a preview in the form of "Australopithecus" which is downloadable at their site. .Tickets are still on sale for their show at Knitting Factory on August 8th with Behold The Arctopus, Mouth Of The Architect, Deadsea, and Wetnurse (one helluva bill). Mouth Of The Architect drops Quietly this week and Wetnurse drops Invisible City on September 30th. Deadsea's S/T record is out now, catch it at their myspace. "Prehistoricisms" album art there to the right.
I have heard from a very credible source that the mighty sunn 0))) will return to NYC to play a special show in celebration of the ten year anniversary of The Grimmrobe Demos. Um, yowsers. As details come in, you'll get em.
Sweden's Burst have posted two new tracks from and announced a release date for (September 16th in the US) their new record Lazarus Bird. Dig on "Cripple God" and "(We Watched) The Silver Rain" streaming at their myspace. The band has commented "Expect an album that will NOT be Origo Part 2, but something new", and if this is any indication, should be a good 'un.
Speaking of good 'uns, the Bowery Ballroom show on July 25th featuring Early Man, Valient Thorr, and the mighty Monotonix should be a grand ole time. Wanna get in gratis? Email us at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Denim Vests) with your first & last name, and we'll randomly pick two winners and drop 'em a pair of tickets each.
Lions Of Tsavo, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Akimbo, Obituary and more below...
by Black Bubblegum
The godfathers of Crust punk, Amebix, have announced their reformation. Sprouting from a retrospective DVD in the works for Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles, Rob "The Baron" Miller entered the following myspace blog entry entitled "Oh Dear....eating my words"
"...got the idea to contact Stig about maybe jamming a couple of songs to see how it felt. I also had made contact with Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour, Sepultura, etc... (Spider has tinitus and is no longer able to play)..... It was absolutely fucking MAD! (The songs sounded) ten times better than the original versions, tighter, heavier, stronger."From the world's most accurate online encyclopedia, a little history:
Amebix, formed in England in 1978 as "The Band with No Name", were a band that many consider to have started the sub genre crust punk. Their music, heavily influenced by Motörhead (and to a lesser extent Lemmy-era Hawkwind), Black Sabbath, Venom, and early Killing Joke, combined with an ethos and worldview akin to Crass, represented their non-traditional lifestyles.Amebix have also announced that their 1987 album "Monolith" will be made available via "Sliding Scale Download" (read: In Rainbows/Niggy Tardust style) via Moshpit Tragedy.
Their music blended hardcore punk and heavy metal into a form of early thrash metal. They were the forerunners of crust punk and a thrash metal pioneer. Such notable bands as Sepultura, Neurosis, Napalm Death, and Deviated Instinct have paid homage to the band.