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Amebix were a British Crust Punk/heavy metal band. Formed as "The Band with No Name", Amebix's original run was from 1978 to 1987, during which time they released three EPs and two full-length LPs. The group reunited in 2008 and disbanded again in November 2012.

By being one of the first bands to blend Anarcho Punk and heavy metal music, Amebix are often cited as one of the key bands that helped to create the crust punk style, and is considered as a Proto Thrash/extreme/speed metal band.[1][2] Such notable bands as Sepultura, Neurosis and Deviated Instinct have paid homage to the band.[3]


Influences[]

Amebix took inspiration from Motörhead (and to a lesser extent Lemmy-era Hawkwind), Black Sabbath, and combined with an ethos and worldview akin to Crass. They were also influenced by various Post Punk and Gothic Rock bands, including Public Image Limited, Bauhaus, Joy Division and especially Killing Joke. Many have claimed that Amebix were influenced by proto-black metal band Venom; however, Rob Miller has denied this on numerous occasions. Hellhammer, Bathory and Darkthrone have stated that they were hugely influenced by Amebix.

Band members[]

Last known line-up
  • Stig Maximus - Guitars (1979-1987, 2008-2012)
  • The Baron Rockin Von Aphid - Vocals, Bass (1979-1987, 2008-2012)
  • Roy Mayorga - Drums, Keyboards (2008-2012)
Former members
  • Ric Gadsby - Bass (1979)
  • Clive Bass (1979)
  • Billy Jug - Drums (1979-1981)
  • Martin - Drums (1981)
  • Virus - Drums (1981-1985; died 2015)
  • Norman - Keyboards (1981-1984)
  • Jenghiz - Keyboards (1984)
  • George - Keyboards (1984-1987)
  • Spider - Drums (1985-1987)

Discography[]

Studio albums[]

  • Arise! (1985, LP/CD, Alternative Tentacles)
  • Monolith (1987, LP/CD, Heavy Metal Records)
  • Sonic Mass (2011, LP/CD, Easy Action & Amebix Records)[4]

EPs[]

  • Who's the Enemy (1982, 7", Spiderleg Records)
  • No Sanctuary (1984, 12", Spiderleg Records)
  • Redux (2010, 12", CD, DD, Profane Existence)

Live albums[]

  • V živo (1986)

Compilation albums[]

  • The Power Remains (1993, LP, Skuld Releases)
  • No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings (2008, LP+7"/CD, Alternative Tentacles)
  • Bullshit Detector Vol 1: University Challenged (1980, LP, Crass Records, Bullshit Detector)

Singles[]

  • Winter (1983, 7", Spiderleg Records)
  • Knights of the Black Sun (2011)

Demos[]

  • Amebix (1979, self-released)
  • Right to Ride (1987, self-released)

Gallery[]

Audio[]

Largactyl (1986)

References[]

External links[]

  • Von Havoc, Felix (1984-01-01). Rise of Crust. Profane Existence. Archived from the original on 15 June 2008.
  • Peter Jandreus, The Encyclopedia of Swedish Punk 1977-1987, Stockholm: Premium Publishing, 2008, p. 11.
  • [[[:Template:Allmusic]] Amebix biography @ Allmusic]
  • Amebix Reveals New Album Title And Release Date
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