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Amebix - Arise!
Review: Lyrics follow punk topics like armageddon and emotional politics, yet musical support while monolithic in establishment of background to change in motif is endlessly giving in its ability to shift between views of one idea before finding its opposite and doing the same within it. Techniques for harmonization and basic counterpoint in use here have matured in the present time since this recording, alongside the more emotionally self-conscious and polarized identities which are expressed by this music and imagery. While the sentiment truly peaks toward the end of the album, this primitive emocore is, although as much the essence of this music as its more hardcore parts, the artistic second part to the savagery of its inner angst at a social encroaching-ness irritating but not unnerving with existential fear like the beast within human social reasoning. Its strength is its ability to transfer radical opposites into an energy which by characteristics of its structure channels focus toward a repeated melodic figure involving drone or subtly dissonant harmonization, a structure which endures in music of disparate natures from Burzum to Absurd.
Gnarled and softhearted simultaneously, this album comes with a cover of midieval warfare that would satisfy any black metal demons, giving significance to this symbolism with its own music that slowly degenerates into rock music or heavy metal stylings over time. "Right to Ride," from the final recording session of this band, is nearly a Motörhead cover and shows this influence closing in after earlier more intense works. While this effect is discouraging, the tracks from 1985 on this release show hardcore in the fullest bloom of youth while ambitions were still discovering new territory to explore, before learning what they must master to become territorial explorers.