With Tau Cross’ self-titled album (which picks up where Amebix’s 2011 release left off) gracing so many “Best of 2015” lists and Killing Joke (to whom so many compare Amebix) releasing their fifteenth studio album Pylon on October 23, 2015 there’s never been a better time to discuss Amebix’s debut LP, Arise! Released in 1985 on Alternative Tentacles, Arise! forever changed the heavy music scene by blending the burgeoning, aggressive sound of crust punk with elements of metal and gothic metal to make a crossover album for generations to come. Amebix would go on to release only three albums in their entire career although, those three albums would be landmark releases. Those other releases are: Monolith, in 1987 and then Sonic Mass another twenty-four years later in 2011.
Tau Cross—comprised of Rob “The Baron” Miller from Amebix; Jon Misery from Misery; Away from Voivod; and Andy Lefton of War//Plague—is a must listen for crust, punk and metal fans. Go ahead and keep those expectations high because this is a supergroup that delivers. The band’s new, self-titled debut is an absolute clinic on how to write a diverse album full of catchy riffage, never-repetitive styles and stunning vocals. Continue reading