Genre(s): Crust Punk, Speed Metal
Lyrical theme(s): Society, Politics, Doomsday, Apocalypse
Origin: United Kingdom (Bristol)
Formed in: 1978
Last label: Alternative Tentacles
Who's The Enemy -- EP, 1982
Winter -- Single, 1983
No Sanctuary -- EP, 1983
Arise! -- Full-length, 1985
Monolith -- Full-length, 1987
Begining Of The End -- Compilation, 1997
Make Some Fucking Noise! -- Live album, 2003
Last known line-up:
The Baron Rockin Von Aphid (Rob Miller) - Vocals, Bass
Stig Maximus "Stig Da Pig" (Chris Miller) - Guitars (Zygote (UK), Karnyx)
Spider - Drums (Zygote (UK), Muckspreader)
A. Droid - Synth, Keyboards
George (Zygote (UK), Smartpils)
Andy Billy Jug
AMEBIX offered up some of the earliest known crust punk with doses of punk-tinged speed metal. They're considered one of the first (if not, the first) crust punk band and innovated the "gritty" sound of crust punk. The band, led by vocalist / bassist The Baron and guitarist Stig, formed at the tail end of 1978 originally dubbed THE BAND WITH NO NAME. One of these formative tracks, 'University Challenged', turned up on the renowned compilation album 'Bullshit Detector 1'.
A series of line up fluxes eventually saw keyboard player Norman being enrolled in 1981 as the group relocated to Bristol. Another inductee would be drummer Virus from local act DISORDER and in this incarnation AMEBIX signed to Spiderleg Records issuing three EPs.
More line up changes, saw AMEBIX making do as a trio for a tour of Italy before the quickfire changes in the keyboard department settled when George came in during November of 1984 for dates in Holland, replacing Jenghiz on Synth/Keyboards.
Spider Arachno Blaster took the drum mantle from Virus as AMEBIX signed to Alternative Tentacles for the 1985 album 'Arise'. Sophomore effort 'Monolith' arrived on the Wolverhampton Heavy Metal label but the band folded in late 1987. Spider, George and Stig stuck together to forge Zygote. In later years Spider would be found in MUCKSPREADER. According to reports The Baron lives on the Isle of Skye manufacturing swords!
Trivia: All the Amebix artwork was originally done by the band, mainly Rob (The Baron), however the most notable Amebix icon (the face and usually reads "No Gods, No Masters") was originally created by Austin Osman Spare and it was titled "Self-Love."
There exists a tribute to Amebix called "Amebix Japan" (LP by Agipunk (Ita), CD by MCR Company (Jap) ), where six Japanese bands play Amebix songs.