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(1981 – 1986, 1990 – 1993)

Anti Cimex were a Swedish band, based in Skövde, Göteborg, Linköping, and Malmö, at different times, that formed in 1981. They were one of the first bands to define Scandinavian hardcore punk. Their second 7”, Raped Ass, is considered to be a subgenre-defining record. Scene historian Peter Jandreus describes the group as the most famous Swedish punk band of the 1977-87 era.

Their name is taken from the Swedish pest control company with the same name, the name of this company, in turn, comes from the Latin name of a particular type of bedbug; Cimex.

Formed in 1981, the original line-up was: Jonsson - bass, Nillen - vocals, Charlie - drums and Jocke - guitar. After rehersing for a while, they released their first 7” single “Anarkist Attack”.

In 1982, Anti Cimex kicked out Nillen. Jonsson took over the vocals part and Conrad took over the bass playing. They also released a new 7” single later in the year called “Raped Ass”.

In 1983 they released another 7” single “Victims Of A Bombraid”.

In 1986, Anti Cimex released a mini-Lp (12”) called “Criminal Trap”. (This 12” is also included as a bonus on the “Absolut Country of Sweden” CD). At this time, Jocke had got tired of the band and they asked Cliff, if he wanted to join the band, but he said no and the rest of the band members got tired of the problems and it resulted in the band splitting up.


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  • Hafwit78

    Ibland får jag bara kris.

    15 Jan 12:54pm Reply
  • Plodman


    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • KrummyKrow

    One of the most enduring d-beat bands ever. Without Discharge we wouldn't have D-Beat. Wasn't for D-Beat (Anti Cimex included in here) we wouldn't have crust. Heres to at least this punk evolution being raw and gritty! :)

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • j-yeags

    raped ass, fuckin raw as hell and awesome.

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • FinalBloodbath

    everything they did from Anarkist Attack upto Absolut Country of Sweden fucking rips! One of my all time favorites! ALWAYS ON THE HUNT FOR AN ORIGINAL COPY OF THE ANARKIST ATTACK 7" :)

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • LilaWalross

    Vi är Anticimex och bekämpar giftsvampen Vi är Anticimex och bekämpar giftsvampen Även kallad Reagans neutronbomb Även kallad Breznjews vätebomb Måste bli Pacifism Måste bli Anarki Vi är Anticimex och bekämpar giftsvampen Vi är Anticimex och bekämpar giftsvampen Kommer ni ihåg augusti -45 Måset bli en kärnvapenfri zon i Norden Måste bli Pacifism Måste bli Anarki Måste bli Pacifism Måste bli Fred på jord NU!

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
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    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • illusionen_rpqh

    One of the best punk bands! [2]

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • skingraft84

    If anyone has any of their full length releases for sale on vinyl at reasonable price, please let me know.

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • M-Morbid

    One of the best punk bands!

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • NeroAsTheLife

    I agree. I like (a lot) their earlier material too,but nothing beats Absolut Country of Sweden and Scandinavian Jawbreaker. The only exception is the Victims Of A Bomb Raid 7"which is a real gem (especially the title track)..but still,in my personal opinion it's really too hard to beats songs as UNDER THE SUN,WHEEL OF LIFE,Rose,Braincell Battle,ONLY IN DREAMS...I could go on ;D

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • InThrashWeCrust

    One of my Favorite bands! even tho everyone prefers Anti Cimex's old material...Nothing beats Scandinavian Jawbreaker or Absolut Country of Sweden in my opinion hehehe

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • OptimusPunx


    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Burning_Spirit

    "lets kick some ass"

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • chuche7787

    I'm not sure yet which version of Anti Cimex I like the best...

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Rawterror

    Anti Cimex in the 80s = hardcore punk/d-beat/raw punk Anti Cimex in the 90s = hardcore punk/crust/d-beat

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Burning_Spirit

    it's not the fact that they are's the fact that Tragedy is overly melodramatic wank...I could never get my dick hard on Tragedy

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • RedArmada

    Cool it, brother

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • NeroAsTheLife

    I mean,not all fans of Tragedy must be considered as newborn nu-school hipsters with no knowledge at all about punk/hardcore/crust..or you would have to call in those ways people who are the double of our age(or even oldier),who are into this movement from decades,that gave their contribute to create/evolve it and are still so active in bands,labels,recordings,places and so on..and i could name many "famous" people..and Tragedy themselves were active in this scene from before most of us were even born or were just too young to even know the word punk...their only big fault is that they've just tried to create their own sound,resulting in bein enjoyable not only for crusties and old school hardcore kids..but hey,i've never seen them on mtv,or playin in some mainstream big club,they're not on some major,their lyrics (have you ever read them?) still rules,they're still into the underground the point is: u like them?good. u don't? ok..just don't hate without a proper reason!

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • NeroAsTheLife

    @Red Armada: well,i don't think they were born as a Discharge rip-off (and luckily they've created their own sound),but well,it's impossible to don't hear the influence of Discharge in Anti-Cimex (as in the majority of the most famous svedish and generally scandi-core bands of those days)..i think is not just worshippin but an evolution of the tipical Discharge sound..but still,Discharge are clearly the basement! and well,i personally do not tag them as crust,but as proto-crust (the most d-beatin side of crust,as for Doom,Hiatus..ya know) since it's also impossible to don't consider bands as Anti-Cimex essentials (as much as punk bands as Amebix,Antisect and then Deviated Instict,Axegrinder and all the other stench-core era related bands..that i infact still consider as proto-crust) for the development of what we call crust. Of course not all studded things as to be related with crust (this is nowadays-ignorance) but hey.....i'm a fuckin Tragedy fan..i love their music..SO fuckin WHAT?

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
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