ANTI CIMEX: Raped Ass: 7”

Sep 19, 2013

I’m going to openly make an admission that will surely make my ears sore with cries of “poser!” from several directions, near and far, but here goes: I had never listened to Anti Cimex prior to picking this up out of the review pile at Razorcake HQ. Why not? Essentially, because the record was never readily available anywhere, nor had I heard/read from a reliable source that I should own a copy of this is why not. Also, not trying to sound like a self righteous dickhead, but I don’t necessarily have time nor do I always want to make the effort to listen to every single “classic” band that is thrown in my direction, especially not when it’s only available on YouTube or through some sketchy blog/download. That being said, I’m glad I did finally give this a listen because it is top fucking notch classic d-beat/crust from one of the apparent originators of said styles. This happens to be the Swedish band’s second 7” originally released in 1983 and it’s now plain to see where bands like Totalitär and Mob 47 drew a wealth of influence from. A non-stop assault of brutal hardcore d-beat in the form of five songs which demand repeat listens. This also happens to be a top notch reissue packaged in a pocketed sleeve with bonus inserts, photos, and a reprinted letter to an unnamed zine from the band’s vocalist (I love how he corrects them on the assumption that they are U.S.-influenced!) The label that lovingly reproduced this for renewed consumptive interest is from Brazil—so I don’t know how easy it will be to track a copy down—but take it from this recovering poser; it’s well worth seeking out!

 –Juan Espinosa (Nada Nada / Spicoli, no address listed)