AMPLIFIER - The Astronaut Dismantles HAL

Amplifier - The Astronaut Dismantles HAL

6 songs
39:41 minutes
***** ***
Steamhammer / SPV


The minimalist cover artwork is already very intriguing. It all doesn't look like this band should be on a hard rock label, but once you start listening to the slowly evolving opener Continuum, you recognise instantly that the music is not as sparse as the cover artwork. In their native England, Amplifier from Manchester (consisting of three musicians from the capital cities of England, Wales and Ireland) are already everybody's darling, and that's not so hard to understand because they combine everything which England is so proud of. Science fictional themes la Hawkwind team up with the vast wall of sound from Oceansize, with a bit of the gothic industrial post wave darkness of Killing Joke. It's not very original, but it's done with lots of style. I mean, what other band releases in Spring a seventy minutes long debut album, just to follow up half a year later with an EP that is more than half an hour long?

An EP is also an ideal medium to get acquainted with this band. From the monumental nine minute opener to the groovy Into The Space Age, or from the mellow For Marcia to the main track Everyday Combat, you get to know every mood of this promising band from England. You have to have a taste for large sounds though, because they need 52 effect pedals when they play live, but in the end it is only rock'n'roll, and we like it. Recommended for fans of modern rock sounds!

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