Thirty-two years on from the release of Antisect's brutally prescient Out From The Void seven-inch, the now revitalized 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 their 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, reveling 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.
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 spiraling demise. The spirit of '83 is very much alive and its most potent protagonists are once again kicking doggedly against the pricks.