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ANTI-SYSTEM- Defence of the Realm 7″EP (Pax Records, UK, 1983)

AntiSystem_frontAntiSystem_backAntiSystem_insert1AntiSystem_insert2AntiSystem_lyrics1AntiSystem_lyrics2What a great, catchy and powerful little piece of vinyl this is! And what a major shame that this band’s legacy should be limited to crusty clowns wearing ANTI-SYSTEM stickers on their retro jackets. Filing bands like ANTI-SYSTEM under “crust” doesn’t do them justice at all – this is Hardcore à la Britain, no more no less.

“Defence of the Realm” is the band’s first EP – and it’s the one I like the best, although the two 12″ers that followed were really good too, with a bit more Metal thrown in and increased drama level. All five songs here smoke and if you think this will be just another Discharge / GBH sound-alike group, take a listen first, cause I think ANTI-SYSTEM managed to pull of a sound of their own. Instead of the brutalism of Discharge, you hear a somewhat more nuanced sound here. Instead of only shouting, you also have praying here, haha. “Government lies” is the best song here, catchy and melodramatic, with some nice lead guitar parts.

I remember a discography CD that compiled all of ANTI SYSTEM’s work. If it’s still available, get it, it’s really worth it. Plus you’ll have less vinyl noise than you’ll hear in the rip of this heavily used piece of plastic.

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Service / 1000 Rifles.mp3
Government Lies.mp3
Bomb Threat.mp3
Animal Welfare.mp3
No longer to choose.mp3

totalpunkPS: This is a photo I found when searching for ANTI-SYSTEM material on ebay. Wonderful, innit?





25 Comments

  1. ruido de rabia

    what a way to start a sunday morning! wonderful stuff!!!!!

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    Posted on 09-Aug-09 at 01:18 | Permalink
  2. freak scene

    when I read ANTI-SYSTEM I thought this would be dis-crap. totally wrong. this is AWESOME. another band I would have never heard if it weren’t for this blog. donation has been made.

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    Posted on 09-Aug-09 at 15:55 | Permalink
  3. Thanks again for all the great music. I donated something, and I ask all you other guys to do likewise.

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    Posted on 09-Aug-09 at 21:50 | Permalink
  4. Alonso

    Oh man, this caught me off-guard! I was not expecting it, specially judging by the generic name, but they are great. “Animal Welfare” stood out for me, but all are great. There’s a pretty unique sound to this band. Thanks for upping this.

    My donation will be coming tomorrow. Have to deposit first.

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    Posted on 10-Aug-09 at 01:05 | Permalink
  5. chano

    Definitely boring & generic…

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    Posted on 10-Aug-09 at 14:41 | Permalink
  6. ::beatMe::

    generic??? you gotta be kidding. this is really unique, especially for a 1983 record. boring? matter of taste.

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    Posted on 10-Aug-09 at 16:52 | Permalink
  7. Such a good fucking record. One of the best that I’ve always known about but never owned. One of my buddies back then, who was not really into the music, had this and I can rememebr asking him over and over if I could have it but I think by keeping it, it made him feel more punk rock. Still have the tape that I dubbed from his copy. So cool that you posted this, like so much of your stuff, really says a lot about you Erich. Thanx again.

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    Posted on 10-Aug-09 at 18:40 | Permalink
  8. Flo

    Great band! I like the snotty punkrock feeling that the singer delivers on this record.

    Also top is their “No laughing matter” LP which has a more brutal “hardcore” feeling due to the dirtier and rawer production and the new singer. A bit of a letdown is the last 12″ “A look at life” with its midtempo metal tinges that fail in my opinion, as do most ex-hardcore bands’ attempts to play metal with cheesy guitar solos.

    But this one and “No laughing matter” are just great.

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    Posted on 10-Aug-09 at 21:43 | Permalink
  9. Foe

    And what a major shame that this band’s legacy should be limited to clowns posting ANTI-SYSTEM reocrds on their retro blogs.

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    Posted on 12-Aug-09 at 17:32 | Permalink
  10. Guess you haven’t really understood the meaning of the word retro, Foe. Are you a crusty by any chance?

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    Posted on 12-Aug-09 at 17:41 | Permalink
  11. Damn Foe, what’s the deal man? What other legacy does the band have other than the few who remember them from way back when, unless you tak to the band themselves. Just don’t understand the hostility that some people choose to manifest, in of all places, a music blog. Save that shit for your local politician or multi national corporate asshole, or better yet your mom and dad for not letting you pierce your nose.

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    Posted on 12-Aug-09 at 20:27 | Permalink
  12. Jay Thurston

    I promise, I will try to send you some donations…it won’t be too much, and I am not too sure when? I will not use Paypal…

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    Posted on 14-Aug-09 at 05:18 | Permalink
  13. Fucker

    fucking greAt!!!!!!!

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    Posted on 16-Aug-09 at 17:56 | Permalink
  14. Sean

    “You do not have permission to access the file on this server”

    ??????

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    Posted on 17-Aug-09 at 07:14 | Permalink
  15. Miskatonic

    Love Anti-System, but the best recording is the unreleased live LP recorded at the same time as the MAU-MAUS one at Sheffield Marples in 1983, absolutely incredible stuff, a total “Hell on earth” set to music. It was recorded with the same line up as the first 7″, and for nearly 25 years the master tape gathered dust, 20 of those under my bed until I had the tape baked and remastered and finally mixed. One of these day’s (Cue TRESPASS tune) when Dom gets back in touch we’ll have the fucker put out. Until then……*sigh*

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    Mick (BASS) Reply:

    would mind a copy of this tape, I have a few live recording already, sorry havnt heard from dom for years. still in touch with Nogsy and Phil though.
    Thanks
    Mickey

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    Miskatonic Reply:

    Mick, I talked to you via ebay last summer, get in touch, if you and Nogsy wanna meet up over in Huddersfield and we’ll sort some shit out, try and contact Dom etc.

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    Miskatonic Reply:

    ooops, contact address is metalculte@hotmail.com

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    Admin Reply:

    Don’t forget to send me that tape too.

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    Mick (BASS) Reply:

    Hi there, Please send me details how to contact you, email address or something and I will do my best to arrange a meeting
    Many thanks

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    Miskatonic Reply:

    My email address is in the post above – it’s metalculte@hotmail.com
    see if you can contact Phil as well, I don’t think the phone number I have for him is working, maybe Nogsy can help with this…

    Erich – drop me a line in a couple of weeks..

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    Posted on 17-Aug-09 at 21:38 | Permalink
  16. justin

    @Miskatonic, tease!

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    Posted on 18-Aug-09 at 20:27 | Permalink
  17. Yes, Miskatonic – tease! And please talk to the WARNING members. It just can not be over!

    @ Sean: Do your downloads work now?

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    Posted on 19-Aug-09 at 17:46 | Permalink
  18. Miskatonic

    They have a new band, but the throne has been usurped by a band called THE RIVER also from the UK, very similar except with female vocals, and they don’t sound like all that (mega) wimpy goth shit.

    Slough Feg back in Europe 2010 for gigs!!

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    Posted on 22-Aug-09 at 17:08 | Permalink
  19. What’s the name of the new band? As for the new emperors on the UK Doom throne bein The River – I’m already downloading their debut album (and of course I will be buying it when I like it).

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    Posted on 22-Aug-09 at 17:26 | Permalink
  20. Si (Nogsy)

    It’s great to see this interest in Anti System – I’m really very pleased that people are still listening too and enthusing about ‘Defence…’. Still, governments continue to lie – so I suppose the simple statement is still relevant. Nice to see a comprehensive posting of the single – innards and all.

    One thing – mists of time and all that – the Marples recording is actually the 4th conception of AS: Dom, Phil & Mickey with the newly arrived Liam doing the vocals. It’s a shame that line-up never did a studio recording – Liam was an incredibly powerful vocalist (still doing it too with Kwai Chang Kaine). Mickey and Liam had previously played together in the searingly hardcore Raw – again, it’s a shame that they never released any material.

    Again, thanks for th interest.

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    Posted on 06-Sep-09 at 14:08 | Permalink
  21. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello, Nogsy!

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    Posted on 06-Sep-09 at 15:33 | Permalink
  22. Mick (BASS)

    Hi there, just like to reflect on Nogsys comments, Its nice to see people still wanna listen to our material. Not many live recording exist, I have a few but there not the best quality in the world, I have not heard the Marple’s recording, but i know it exists somewhere, wouldn’t mind hearing it someday.

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    Posted on 14-May-10 at 16:03 | Permalink
  23. Mick, I’ll send you Miskatonic’s email adress in a separate mail!

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    Admin Reply:

    Ooops, looks like I’m not needed here, Mick & Miskatonic 😉

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    Posted on 17-May-10 at 11:48 | Permalink
  24. wotnotmeat

    “I remember a discography CD that compiled all of ANTI SYSTEM’s work. If it’s still available, get it, it’s really worth it.”
    Name of said CD/label? I can’t find any info.

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    Posted on 01-Jun-10 at 22:50 | Permalink
  25. this guy

    i picked up a boot 7″ of anti-system songs from PAX record comps. more along the lines of this than their 12″s

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    Posted on 06-Jul-10 at 04:04 | Permalink

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