ANTISECT: Legendary UK Punk Pioneers Announce Reunion Shows

Some things are best left unfinished; others deserve another chance, and of that particular breed, a rare few choose to truly go for the throat and give it their all. Antisect are one of those bands.

“Antisect, for most people, will never be just about the music. It was always more than that.” – Pete Lyons


Earlier this year, the legendary UK crust punk pioneers shocked and delighted the metal/punk community with the announcement of a reunion, and a string of live shows – their first since the band first split in 1987. A triumphant performance at this year’sof Puntala-Rock Festival in Finland was only the beginning. Since that day, Antisect have lined up a slew of upcoming shows and made some very exciting plans for the future. After over two decades of inactivity, the coming months will see the current members of Antisect very busy indeed…

Founding member, guitarist, studio engineer/producer and all-around punk rock lifer Pete Lyons has revealed plans to rerelease the band’s seminal (and highly influential) 1983 debut In Darkness, There Is No Choice, on Southern Records. In addition, the band will be releasing a limited edition 10 inch of unreleased and re-recorded material, to be made available at their upcoming live shows.

  • Thur Dec 15 UK-London-The Garage
  • Sat Dec 17 UK-Liverpool-The Kazimier
  • Sat Jan 14 UK-Bristol-Fleece
  • Sat Jan 28 Czech-Brno-Faval

A Bit Of History:

After releasing a couple rough demos in 1982, Antisect recorded their unwitting masterpiece In Darkness There Is No Choice in September of 1983 at Southern Studios. Originally released on Flux of Pink Indians’ Spiderleg Records (also known for releasing essential recordings by Amebix, The Subhumans, and FOPI themselves), the album hit the UK Indie Chart at number 4, and is an indisputable landmark in the crust punk/anarcho-punk pantheon. Their debut was followed by the Out From the Void EP (1985), considered by many to be the landmark release of the crust/punk genre. Their music’s darkness, hopelessness, and biting social commentary struck a chord within England’s disaffected young punks, and spread like the plague across oceans and borders. Alongside Crass, Amebix, Discharge, and Anti Cimex, Antisect helped ignite the punk rock scene and introduce the concepts of anarchism and animal rights to the masses. Their name is legendary, the impact undeniable, their music, immortal.

In Darkness There Is No Choice was issued on CD for the first time on Southern Records in September of 1994.  In early 2012 we will be reissuing the album, remastered from the original analogue studio tapes, on CD and on heavyweight vinyl in the original fold-out poster sleeve.

The band released a statement on their official website regarding their decision to reunite after so many years – read an excerpt below:

“24 years later, the world is a slightly different place. 24 years later, we are all slightly different people. 24 years later, we find that for the most part, a lot of the same problems and injustices are still with us. 24 years later, we find that for the most part, we still feel very similar about them. 24 years ago, we had lived through the first part of our adult lives. 24 years later, we’ve grown up, (a little) and have to deal with responsibilities and situations that simply didn’t exist for us back then. There are no hard and fast rules.  We make it up as we go along.”   Read the full statement here:



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