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Bristol, United Kingdom (1978 – 1987, 2008 – 2012)

Amebix were a British band that formed in 1978. Many consider them to have started the subgenre crust punk, by mixing with . They established crust as being separate from by mixing post-punk music with metal riffs and atmospheres, as opposed to thrash bands’ mixing of metal music with punk rawness and speed. They were originally called The Band With No Name, and shared a squat in Bristol for part of their career. 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 had an early track called “University Challenged” which appeared on the first Crass Records “Bullshit Detector” Compilation LP.

Their music blended and into a form of early . Such notable talents as Nausea (NY), Extinction of Mankind, Sepultura, Choking Victim, Neurosis, Napalm Death, and Deviated Instinct have paid homage to these masters.

The band split in 1987 after release/distribution difficulties associated with the Monolith LP.

Members went on to perform in ZYGOTE. Bassist/vocalist “the Baron” now lives on the Gaelic speaking Isle of Skye and makes ceremonial swords.

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  • Deathrash111

    there's a new FB page called "Amebix NGNM", ran by the baron. it contains a lot of quality old pics and it's definitely worth a like.

    11 Aug 3:43am Reply
  • Deathrash111

    also, I'd like to recommend some real crust of today: swordwielder, ruinebell, fatum, repression attack, krang, axewield, dazd, instinct of survival, hellstorm, fermacoffin, death evocation, contagium, after the bombs... a little older: filth of mankind, zoe (total amebix worship) and effigy. always craving for more bands who have amebix as their influence.

    3 Aug 11:13pm Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    " I don't know, but for me this band doesn't really have a crusty sound to them." Recently "crust" has started to mean "Discharge ripoffs and His Hero is Gone side projects." That has rendered the word rather useless.

    3 Aug 8:18pm Reply
  • Deathrash111

    the crustiest crust ever. bands that call themselves crust and leave amebix influence way too much behind shouldn't really masturbate too much in the first place with word "crust". but I guess it's just me - I want my crust cold, crushing, metallic, heavy and apocalyptic. if you fancy amebix and axegrinder beyond normality you should definitely check SWORDWIELDER.

    27 Jul 1:09am Reply
  • darkgnome

    The new shit sounds good. I am officially old.

    26 Jun 6:02am Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    Once Sonic Mass clicks with you, it fucking clicks with you.

    16 May 5:00am Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine.

    21 Apr 4:01pm Reply
  • Daftmarzo

    I don't know, but for me this band doesn't really have a crusty sound to them.

    19 Apr 11:21pm Reply
  • sickheadache

    http://diyconspiracy.net/amebix-interview-1988/

    18 Apr 6:54am Reply
  • Liberations

    Arise!

    24 Mar 2:27pm Reply
  • schizoid_man77

    Late to the argument, but I just recently found this group. Picked up monolith and Sonic mass on the same day. I really dig them both, but I can see why old school fans would not like the new one. It's simply not punk at all. Still there's some killer riffs on it.

    23 Mar 2:39am Reply
  • Deathrash111

    BEFORE THE DAWN//BEYOND THE SUN

    16 Mar 5:20pm Reply
  • Moszkito13

    No one ever wanted you to die

    16 Feb 6:32pm Reply
  • LePask

    No words. Just respect.

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Punks_is_Hoi

    Правильно понял. А жаль, крутейшие. :3

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • AlexandrPanglos

    как я понял они уже распались снова

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SunSoulOne

    Been a fan only since 2009, I have most of there musik. Sonic Mass released 2011. Still in top 3 in 20fuckall. imo. /,,/ keep it coming UK musik. You guys are rule'in the musik realm.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    Yup. Too unique to rightfully still be lumped into "crust"

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • duzguneser

    There is a style of their own.

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Atrox43

    Vocalist sounds like Cronos from Venom

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
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