AMEBIX: Sonic Mass: CD

First material from this seminal British punk band in over twenty years. AMEBIX reformed in 2009 to do a world-wide tour which sold out in the U.S prompting the idea to record new material.

While not being the heavy-duty crust punk band that they were back in the old days, this album shows a band not willing to roll over and do what you expect them to do. Yeah a rehash would make the fans happy, but then they would complain that they haven’t grown and are just aping their old sound and when they try something new, the fans complain that they don’t sound like they used to…you can’t win. This has a very diverse sound from the gentle and subdued first song “Days” to most of the album that retains the punk sound mixed with KILLING JOKE tribal rhythms, along with technical metal, and ambience. The band really takes the new direction to heart and plays full on with feeling and a sense of love for the material. I really can’t pick just a few songs to talk about since the whole album works as a whole and is a complete package.

You need to listen to this album without trying to compare it to their previous albums and enjoy it for what it is, a great album that will captivate you from start to finish and keep you coming back time and time again. This is one classic album that really stood out from the crowd and will definitely get played a lot around my house.


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