Antisect

The Rising of the Lights The Rising of the Lights The Rising of the Lights

Marketing Highlights

First album from this UK Anarcho-punk institution since 1984.

CD comes in o-card with 40-page lyric and information booklet.

LP edition comes in gatefold sleeve 180gm + 20 page booklet. First pressing limited to 750 on slate coloured vinyl.

US Tour dates to be announced soon.

National press coverage guaranteed.

College radio campaign will be begin prior to album release date.

Bio

True legends never die. One of the most influential of all the bands to emerge from the febrile anarcho-punk scene of the early ‘80s, Antisect’s notoriety and extraordinary impact on the sound of fast, furious and heavy music far outweigh their lowly status in the history books. Emerging from the wave of intensely political punk rock bands that grew from the subversive triumphs of Crass in the late ‘70s, anarcho-punk always offered more than mere bug-eyed polemic: instead, via records like Antisect’s seminal 1983 debut album In Darkness There Is No Choice, it brought artistic depth and aesthetic focus to a punk scene that was otherwise flailing around in its death throes. A wild and subtly inventive step forward from their first efforts as a more straight ahead hardcore punk band, Antisect’s debut is now widely acknowledged as one of the most important punk albums of its time. Meanwhile, the original band’s last official release, the two-track Out From The Void EP in 1985, brought a more metallic edge to their sound and hinted at heavier and darker things to come. By 1987, however, Antisect had disintegrated and silence reigned, the band’s reputation as anarcho-punk legends growing steadily in their absence.

Much to the surprise of just about everybody, in 2011, founding member and guitarist Pete Lyons instigated a full-blown Antisect reunion featuring members of early incarnations of the band and new drummer, Joe Burwood. The revitalised line-up embarked on shows throughout the UK and Europe, then following another tweak of personnel, the band completed their first US tour. In keeping with the original focus and fire of the Antisect, the current 3-piece incarnation is one of the most stable and committed yet. As showcased on the band’s first album in 34 years, The Rising Of The Lights, the end result is the most powerful version of Antisect to date, with Pete and Joe Burwood now joined by bassist John Bryson, an esteemed former member from the Out From The Void days. Finally, the jigsaw is complete.

“For me, it was pointless doing this again if all it was going to be about was some mid-life, half arsed, nostalgia-filled ego trip,” says Pete. I am a politicised person and have been since my early twenties and that tends to get reflected in what I do. Consequently I couldn’t do this if I didn’t feel that the band was still relevant in that context. So I guess a major inspiration was that the band still has something to say that connects with here and now.”

32 years on from the release of Antisect’s brutally prescient Out From The Void seven-inch, the now revitalised band are reborn in flames of glory on their brand new full-length LP, The Rising Of The Lights: a startling and absorbing return to action from a band whose inner flame has never stopped blazing. Far from being a docile repeat of past glories, the new Antisect material takes the furious spirit of those early recordings and recasts them in viciously contemporary sonic steel. The end result is an album that thrums and crackles with the electrifying intensity of the anarcho-punk era while packing the kind of jaw-shattering punch that fans of modern heavy music demand. With scabrous, mantra-like grooves and numerous moments of refined but unsettling electronic ambience, songs like epic opener Spirit – Level and the monstrous, pitch-black Welcome To The New Dark Ages acknowledge both past and present, revelling in the enlightening power of untamed noise. Meanwhile, the sharp and punchy Something To Hate is simply a newly-minted hardcore punk anthem, replete with raging refrain and a pulsating Motör-heart. This is punk rock and heavy metal enjoying a new form of intuitive symbiosis: angry, dark music conjured from the ether for the heaviest of times.

“Musically, since ‘In Darkness…’, we’ve obviously changed quite a lot,” Pete explains. “But, as anyone who saw the band in the later years will probably figure, we’re not actually that far removed from where we ended up. A little bit more sophisticated maybe, but still pretty similar, as the inclusion of re-workings of some of the older material on the new LP should illustrate. There’ll always be those who would prefer we stayed in the vein of 1985 or whatever, but that’s just not gonna happen. I still pretty much believe in the same things I did when the first LP was written, but it would have been a bit crap to simply rehash those lyrical themes, so maybe the content on this one is a little more introspective here and there. But I’m still a political animal. That’s the way it is and I can’t really see myself changing now.”

The seemingly impossible has become the very real. Antisect return in 2017 with a new album that could hardly be a more righteous soundtrack for humanity’s spiralling demise. The spirit of ’83 is very much alive and its most potent protagonists are once again kicking doggedly against the pricks.

“Despite the somewhat dark reputation of the band, the overriding thing that we’re attempting to put across is one of encouraging all of us to believe in ourselves and to not feel that we’re powerless to affect change in the world,” Pete concludes. “It’s the most vital thing that my involvement in ‘punk rock’ has given me. That inspiration that, yes, we can fucking do stuff if we really want to.”

Tracklist

Spirit-Level
The Last Ones Standing
Weapons of Mass Distraction
Acolyte
Welcome to The New Dark Ages
Rise the Lights
Black
Something to Hate
Scared to Die

For Fans Of

Amebix
Discharge
Crass
Motorhead
Rudimentary Peni
Icons of Filth
Flux of Pink Indians

Home Market

London, London - United Kingdom

Album Details

Artist

Antisect

Album Title

The Rising of the Lights

Street Date

10/13/2017

Order Due Date

09/15/2017

Discount

5% (ends 10/19/2017)

Genre

Rock/Punk

Label

Rise Above Limited

Configuration

CD Longplay

Price Code

CD13

UPC

803343163629

Box Lot

25

Catalog #

RISECD216

Album Details

Artist

Antisect

Album Title

The Rising of the Lights

Street Date

10/13/2017

Order Due Date

09/15/2017

Discount

5% (ends 10/19/2017)

Genre

Rock/Punk

Label

Rise Above Limited

Configuration

Vinyl Longplay 33 1/3

Price Code

LP25

UPC

803343163636

Box Lot

40

Catalog #

RISELP216

Album Details

Artist

Antisect

Album Title

The Rising of the Lights

Preorder Date

09/15/2017

Street Date

10/13/2017

Genre

Rock/Punk

Label

Rise Above Limited

Configuration

Digital Audio Longplay

UPC

886446699219

Videos