Warsaw-based Antigama is a grindcore band formed by experienced members of Poland's underground scene. The band was formed in the year 2000 and issued the Sweet Little Single demo the year after. A tour with Damnable and Brainwash took place in September, 2001 under the Grind Manifesto 2001 monicker. Bassist Macio left the group. This lead to the brilliantly-titled album Intellect Made Us Blind the year after on Italy's The Flood Records. A promo demo followed in 2003 while split albums with Deranged Insane, Elysium and others were not far behind. Antigama made an appearance at the Obscene Extreme festival in the Czech Republic in 2004. The band issued the Zeroland album in September of 2005. The band signed to Relapse in 2006. Resonance was issued in the spring of 2007. The band replaced singer Lukasz 'Lucas' Myszkowski, who had left the band due to vocational pressures, with Patryk Zwolinski of Blindead. Bassist Mike also left the fold and was temporarily replaced by a Jose. Szymon Czech was Warning’s session bassist. The album featured Zwolinski on vocals.
Following two full-length releases through Relapse Records, Antigama re-signed with Selfmadegod in 2012 and was at Warsaw's Progresja Studio with sound engineer Pawel "Janos" Grabowski. The band was in the process of recording several tracks for two different upcoming releases - a 3-way split with Noisear and The Kill (Australia), as well as a MCD tentatively entitled Stop The Chaos. Antigama would release a full-length called Meteor through Selfmadegod on May 28th, 2013. Lukasz was back in the band. The group also had a new rhythm section including former Vader drummer Jaroszewicz. The Insolent was issued in 2015.
The band booked a Northeastern US tour with Drugs Of Faith having confirmed a run through nearly half of May of 2015.
ANTIGAMA - DISCOMFORT - SELFMADEGOD
Antigama is a hell of a chaotic band wreaking havoc and tumult upon the listening public. The quartet of singer Lucas, guitarist Sebastian, bassist Michal and drummer Krzysiek employ Multiplex and Brutal Truth as departure points, but incorporate sounds similar to names like Pig Destroyer, Fuck The Facts and Fubar into the repertoire of abrasive noisecore. The fact that singer Lucas is also discredited with 'electronics' might be a cause for worry, but the synthesized loops of sampled waste are not dominant outside the album's long winded ending. Screaming cacophony, precise insanity, technical grinding mania, guitars that decimate planets and a light drum sound unite to emit waves of Antigama on the band's second album. Caveat Emptor! - Ali "The Metallian"
ANTIGAMA - ZEROLAND - SELFMADEGOD
Zeroland is obviously inhabited by a bunch of die-hard Brutal Truth fans who devote themselves full-time to their favourite grindcore act and the art of blast beats, grating guitars and venomous vocals. Right from the kick off track Seed the Poles begin kicking the shit out of the instruments in conjunction with some unapologetically bestial dual-vocals. The band would win top marks for its devoted and frenzied grind; only losing marks towards the end for the effects on the vocals, odd singing on song six, The View, and the shortness of the album. After all, the title track ends the album on a low note with nigh on ten minutes of dull static. Perhaps it is a reference to the album’s title? - Ali “The Metallian”
ANTIGAMA/DRUGS OF FAITH - Split 3” - SELFMADEGOD
Here is a rare 3” mini-CD that is a split release between Poland’s Antigama and USA’s Drugs Of Faith. Each band contributes three tracks with Antigama being the first to launch.
Antigama’s brand of Brutal Truth worship is awesome and present in full force. There has been a dearth of full-on brutal crushing grindcore music out there recently and Antigama is the solution. Drugs Of Faith is no slouch either. This is grinding madness again with perhaps a bigger nod to hardcore, albeit with a definitely bigger bass sound. The bass guitar here crushes - as does everything else. As an added bonus, Drugs Of Faith is not one to take the easy way out via ambiguously abstract or fantasy lyrics. Out of the six songs the only oddity or idiosyncratic cut is Antigama’s remake of Goblin’s Zombi which is a nice fantasy-oriented instrumental with symphonic synthesized surges. It is like those serial-ready pieces Warren Appleby likes to put out, but on steroids. Ignoring that this split CD will crack skulls Selfmadegod has just released the perfect back-to-school gift. Let’s educate the youth! PS: Order through Drugs Of Faith and you might get a free Venom pin as a bonus. - Ali “The Metallian”
ANTIGAMA - RESONANCE - RELAPSE
Long active in the Polish scene, Antigama has finally been picked up a large label (Relapse) ensuring more visibility for this impressive and fantastic band. Essentially a complete aural assault to the senses, Antigama and latest record Resonance see the group striking for the top-tier: if that’s the band’s goal, then writing an album as strong as Resonance is the way to do it. What elevates Resonance above the pack is Antigama’s intelligent use of dynamic to foster its presentation: at moments speed-infatuated, but at others rolling nicely at mid-pace, Antigama then throws a cog into the proceedings as it ventures into borderline noise territories, making Resonance a diverse listen. Excellent on a multitude of levels, Resonance has Antigama joining the fray that it will one day come to dominate. - David Perri
ANTIGAMA - WARNING - RELAPSE
Hate to make the cheap joke, but Warning is indeed the appropriate title for Antigama’s latest, the group taking its adventurous grind to entirely unpredictable places to mixed effect. Though the most straight-forward material on record is inspiring and full of vitality, too much of Warning is spent experimenting in Mr. Bungle/early System Of A Down inspired fashions, causing for inconsistency and a sense that Antigama is being complex for complexity’s sake, as opposed to writing coherent songs to form a holistic record. That said, Warning is still a wholly heavy and extreme record and Antigama’s refusal to stick the beaten path is commendable, but at the same time the result suffers due to incoherence and a lack of foundation. Best moments: Another (check out those Neil Peart-inspired tom fills!), Not True (with its unintentionally amusing “Lie!” chorus) and Orange Pills. - David Perri