Album Review: Antisect – The Rising of the Lights

By Ryan Falla

Some bands never go out of style, even bands that have been disbanded for over twenty years. Anarcho-punk band Antisect was founded in 1983 and, despite disbanding within a decade, has come back in full force with their new record ‘The Rising of the Lights’. Even though it’s been exactly thirty years since their last record release, Antisect has come back harder and stronger than ever. Not only is this as gritty as punk can get, Antisect intentionally subverts the norm of aged punk musicians milking their old form for the sake of relevancy.

That has to be the least punk thing anyone can do, let alone a punk musician. Pandering to fans for the sake of an extension of your limelight that began to fade once the ’90s hit full swing *cough* Henry Rollins *cough*. Despite their old form being a more straightforward hardcore, gritty punk, the new Antisect is an evolved beast.

Straight from the first two tracks, ‘Spirit-Level’ and ‘The Last Ones Standing’, you’re immediately introduced to the newer Antisect. ‘The Rising of the Lights’ showcases the natural evolution of punk, if I may digress a bit we can all see that punk began as an expression of anger and violent displeasure with society. We live in an angrier society nowadays, this is clear to see, but I’m supposed to expect punk to be the same aggressive teen angst from decades ago?

Sorry punk bands of old, but as opposed to your pandering and refusal/inability to evolve from exposing your frustration through furiously written three-chord riffage, Antisect displays a new form of punk with structured music, riffage that borders more so on metal than punk, and a message deeper than “adults and society sucks and everything can burn.”

In fact, the track ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’ opens with a dark and ultimately sobering spoken monologue that lasts almost four minutes. The atmosphere set by this monologue lifts this music onto a platform higher than what anyone could expect from a punk band. The message being presented in this record isn’t yelling down your throat and beat over your head, it’s very concentrated and well articulate; musically and lyrically.

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Maybe this just proves the natural next step to punk is metal; Antisect takes their furious anarcho-punk from the ’80s and applies a fury that has matured with age. The difference between this fury and the anger from their youth is the clarity it has. This isn’t like old punk where the blind fury blindly claws at like a raged beast. The rage is still as strong and the beast as powerful, yet Antisect has gone from the rabid dog to the calculated wolf; still bearing fury, yet with its stoic approach applies more power in its expression of rage.

There’s a lot to love with ‘The Rising of the Lights’; from its powerful musical approach to the applied rage there is not one single second where this album lets up, whether they’re bashing you over the head with a metric ton of riffage or concisely displaying their discontent with the world.

Antisect nurture their punk roots to a heightened state with ‘The Rising of the Lights’. You might think that, because this is a record that seems focused with metal, that this makes it a metal record. While that is a perfectly reasonable conclusion the plain fact of the matter is that this is not a punk band turned metal.

Antisect is a punk band matured, concentrated in its aggression; and to me there’s nothing more punk than a band willing to break down the border walls enclosing their genre and birthing an expansion to something greater. That right there is Antisect and their new record, ‘The Rising of the Lights’.

Rating: 9/10

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Record Label: Rise Above
Release Date: October 13th 2017

Track Listing:
1. Spirit-Level (6:24)
2. The Last Ones Standing (7:33)
3. Weapons of Mass Distraction (7:09)
4. Acolyte (3:52)
5. Welcome to the New Dark Ages (6:15)
6. Rise the Lights (3:27)
7. Black (3:47)
8. Something to Hate (3:51)
9. Scared to Die (6:51)

Total Duration: 49:09

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