Antisect – Live In The Darkness LP – Clown Discs 1991

Intro (War) / They (The Eternal Myth And Paradox) / Tortured And Abused / Yet Still They Ignore / Education Or Indoctrination

The Worlds Biggest Runt / In Darkness / Heresy / The Buck Stops Here

The only release on the Clown Disc label run by Pete Alberto, who was originally from  Ipswich, but at this point in time was living in a house in Wood Green, London, N22 with Mickey ‘Penguin’ and various other kindly folk.

Pete did the running around, Lippy from Antisect listened to, and chose, his favorite tape (which of the tapes available at the time was Brighton Richmond 02/02/84). Bully from Bristol a one time member of the Hackney Hell Crew supplied a rather nice picture of an English football hooligan as the opposing centre label to the ‘celtic skull’ design on the other side of the record. John Loder at Southern Studios did some repair work on the tape, making good tape drop outs and remixing the tape through Southern Studios sound desk so it sounded a little better when eventually transferred to the vinyl pressing. John did all this work for free which was nice of him. Penguin stumped up the cash (or most of it) for the pressing up and printing costs.

This was a very pretty release. The cover, a grey celtic style cover design in reverse board print. The record, a nice grey marble vinyl. A one off limited pressing of 900 numbered copies. What’s not to love?

This release took about a week to sell out and is so rare it is not listed on any Antisect discographies! The LP came out some time before the live release on Vinyl Japan records, which by comparison is not as good as this lovely item. I may well be a little biased though!

Nice vinyl…

Pete Alberto on the right…a long time ago!

  1. Nic
    January 26, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Thanks, pengy: I have a copy of this, but this will save my vinyl 😉
    Nice to know you were involved…It fetches a ‘pretty penny’ on ebay these days…

    Small piece of (probably unimportant trivia): the picture of the drummer on the insert is from an Antisect gig at Nottingham Union Rowing Club on 9/4/83…a gig which also featured Subhumans, Amebix, Disorder, Chaos UK and Napalm Death 😉
    (at which Chris ‘Spike’ Low made an appearance on vocals 😉 )…

    I prefer the Vinyl Japan LP myself: largely because I prefer the bands 1982 set to their later work, but also because I have fond memories as I was at the concert which was released as the album (I have some pictures of Antisect from that concert somewhere)…
    Thinking of the Vinyl Japan album: I have a straight-from-the-PA-tape copy of that concert which features the full concert (whereas the album was a trimmed down version of the bands set)…

  2. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    January 26, 2008 at 11:14 am

    You do not have any Spike on vocals stuff on tape at all do you Nic? Would love to put any of that stuff up…what band was he guesting for in the message above?
    Happy B-Day Spike if you are reading this…see you later tonight.

  3. Chris
    January 26, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Cheers Mickey! Look forward to seeing you later, matey!
    I can’t guarantee it but I am 99.9% sure the recording of Nappy Death at Nottingham Rowing Club is one of the old tapes i unearthed at my old dear’s over Xmas. Still haven’t unpacked them all yet and there is about 50 to go through but I’ll let you know.
    Would love to see if anyone has any photos from that gig (there were a few in Glasper’s book) as I recall me and Miles spent most of the night on the left side of the stage watching the various bands’ drummers, and would be funny to see if we’d been ‘caught on camera’. We must have been TINY then. i remember the Subhumans drummer wouldn’t let Miles lower the toms and he could hardly reach them, let alone the cymbals!
    Oh, those blue remembered hills… 😉
    Incidentally, for anyone who is interested, Vinyl Japan has gone bust, and last time I was there (Oct/Nov 07), in their Shinjuku store they had boxes of all their releases either for free or 100 yen (50p) including the Antisect LP. Kicking myself I didn’t grab a load if it’s worth big bucks on Ebay.
    PS:Mickey, i’ll bring you a copy of, what is for me – and i’m sure Nic will back me up – possibly THEE most amazing live recording of any band I have ever heard from that era – Verbal Warning, at the Rowing Club, when Conflict pulled the plugs on them. The hostility from the crowd is almost tangible…makes ‘Metallic KO’ sound like Isla St Claire at the Christmas Songs of Praise! You GOTTA put THAT up on here.

  4. Nic
    January 26, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Chris came on at the end of our (Napalm Death) set, and sang guest vocals on our song ‘Punk is a Rotting Corpse’: all-together now “Fuck your Punk fashion, and your behaviour rules!”…

    I’m afraid I’ve not got the tape of that concert anymore: it went walkies at some point…
    I still have a straight-from-mixing-desk-copy-tape of the Antisect, Amebix and Chaos UK sets somewhere…

  5. Gordo
    June 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Not listened to this yet, but sure to bring back memories. Used to go to all of the Make Tea Not War gigs at The Richmond. Even did a couple of dj slots, with cassettes as the decks was so dusty and I would’nt want to get my records dirty would I. Great days.Cheers.

  6. Robin D
    Robin D
    December 20, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I heard an mp3 of this last year and thought it sounded exactly like a tape either me, Lee Oliver or another mate of mine Flo Comstock (used to run a massive live tape archive in the 80’s from Worthing) recorded (obviously age has chipped away at the part of my memory telling me which one of them did it), awesome Antisect set, shame they never recorded that stuff properly.

  7. undeleted
    July 6, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Just posted a couple of interviews I did with Antisect in 1983 and 84.

    You can read them at

    Feel free to comment!

  8. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    July 9, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Strangely enough Antisect are just about to have ‘In Darkness’ re-released by Southern on CD Monday week. Follows on the re-release of UK Decay ‘For Madmen Only’ on CD. All the great LPs coming back…

  9. rockinrob
    August 6, 2009 at 10:07 am

    …. and stranger still, there is now what looks like maybe a proper Antisect website.

    Doesn’t really seem to be anything much on it yet, but I wonder………..

  10. Anna
    February 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Wow – that is, indeed an old photo. It’s me and Pete back in 1990!

  11. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    February 4, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Hi Anna, Mickey ‘Penguin’ who lived with Pete in Wood Green here. I will private mail you as I am the moderator of this site. I am recently back in touch with Pete so if you want to say hi I will send you details of how to!

  12. jock
    March 1, 2010 at 11:26 am

    the old antisect symbol, looks like wheat is on an office block entrance in manchester, are they a corperate entity now?
    i think its somewhere on smithys ‘undeleted’ blog.
    i could be wrong / i could be right?

  13. Claire
    March 1, 2011 at 7:34 am

    LMAO. Was at Discharge with Bully on Friday and he is still complaining bout how this turned out. If I recall the exact words started with ‘The Celtic work on the cover was shit’, which was true. Good to see you’re still alive and kicking Penguin! 🙂

  14. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    March 1, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Hi Claire glad to see you landed with a bump on this site, plenty on the KYPP to interest you esp over the pre 1986 side (press ‘home’). I will private message you…

  15. jock
    September 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

    looks like antisect have gone and reformed if this website is true
    wonder if they’ll be new stuff as well as old?

  16. Mike H
    Mike H
    November 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Hope so, I have a ticket for the London show and am really excited about it, being as I am a bit too young to have seen them first time round. this site is a goldmine, btw.

  17. DavidM
    January 16, 2012 at 2:18 am

    They killed at The Fleece in Bristol Saturday.

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