Amebix
Monolith


4.0
excellent

Review

by Letterbomb69 USER (2 Reviews)
October 21st, 2010 | 14 replies | 5,681 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sleekest representation of how badly the Cold War could've ended you'll ever hear.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Amebix is arguably one of the most underrated bands of the 80's. As the basis for the crust punk sound, Amebix was the blueprint for what the genre would become. Their sound wavered between fast hardcore punk anthems and slow metallic dirges, but it never lost its post apocalyptic edge.

The bands discography can be described as scattered at best, but the two LP's they did manage to release are the definitive highlights. Arise! was stronger than anything else around it, boasting the trademark apocalyptic mood and the musical edge. It was a dirty album, covered in the dust of ruined buildings and the sunscorched landscape that followed the bombs.

Monolith followed suit, but did so in a much more polished and structured way. The band sounds more like a unit on this outing, focused and driving. The guitars tear through every note, the bass rattles audibly behind, and the drums pound and hammer away like pistons in an engine. The vocals are downright rabid at times, especially in the faster songs. "Time Bomb" sounds like the Baron is barely being held back. You can almost see the venom dripping from his mouth. The lyrics are far from the drivel of the hardcore bands of the day. They are well thought out and lines like "To my wretched son, I leave this gun, to slaughter all of your race" from "Last Will and Testament" and "I just buried a friendHe had come to the end, But I can't help feeling that it needn't have been, Caught in the flak, There was no turning back, So he gave up his life for some psychopath's dream" from "Coming Home" are both punchy and poignant.

The album does have some slight drawbacks that don't necessarily take away from the album as a whole, but the do interrupt the flow. The band seems to get lost during part of "Nobody's Driving," and the fadeout in "Last Will and Testament" happens way too quickly. These are minor flaws in an otherwise excellent album. The band is firing on all cylinders, and past all the grime and violence are some genuinely beautiful moments that sound almost hopeful, especially when the vocals let up and the instruments jam out, which happens often.

Monolith is a gem of an album. It's mood is dense, and the instruments go from melodic runs to atonal blasts. It's good even if you have no interest in crust punk. From start to finish, Monolith is a meaningful and worthwhile ride thats worth the price over and over again.


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SCREAM!
October 21st 2010



9580 Comments


wow no comments

Great first review althought a bit more description would be nice in the future. I still need to listen to these guys.

accompliceofmydeath
October 21st 2010



4083 Comments


I've only heard a few songs from these guys, but I definitely need to pick up one of their albums. In Grind we Crust.

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kitsch
October 21st 2010



5105 Comments


crusty < 3

SlightlyEpic
October 21st 2010



5780 Comments


up yr butt

i've been in the mood for older crust stuff at the moment, been listening to amebix and axegrinder a fair bit

xfearbefore
October 21st 2010



1196 Comments


Amebix review? Fuckin' pos'd man. Great review, great band.

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Bitchfork
October 21st 2010



7584 Comments


love this band

kount
October 21st 2010



1225 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

NOBODYS DRIVING

Spec
April 25th 2011



26834 Comments


Someone should review Arise.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2011



5612 Comments


I saw on the net that this guys have re-united and have a new single out called

Knights of the Black Sun

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Spec
November 22nd 2011



26834 Comments


they just brought out a new album and i didn't even know

GiaNXGX
November 12th 2012



4867 Comments


really effing good, need to get on arise

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012



18612 Comments


cool

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GiaNXGX
September 4th 2013



4867 Comments


now need to trace back their roots

KILL
December 7th 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

arise



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