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The Astronaut Dismantles Hal [Single]

Amplifier Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (24 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Spv
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great prog rock from complete unknowns 4 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
An excellent album (let's face it, at this length, it's not an EP, whatever the record company says), despite the obscurity of the artist. Each song unfolds slowly, building up layers, until it reaches its climax and sinks back into the depths of space. The structures tend not to be the conventional verse-chorus-verse of pop songs, however, each song has distinct and very recognizable riffs. It is futile trying to describe each song individually, however, for despite the difference in the songs, the album is undeniably intended to be listened to in one go. Spacey, majestic and powerful, this album is everything a prog fan could want, but without the pretension of its '70s peers, and with enough accessibility to appeals to any fan of rock music. With elements borrowed from Tool, the Floyd and a bunch of space-rock voyagers, this album nevertheless comes off as something very contemporary. With guitar sounds that alternate between crushingly heavy and softly atmospheric, innovative, hypnotic basslines, and drumming that flips between moods at a moment's notice, it's amazing to think they're making all these wonderful sounds with just a guitar, a bass, and a drumkit. The vocals are soft and pleasant, not dissimilar to Maynard James Keenan's from Tool, but with less rage behind them. Only one criticism: even at 38:21 (a comfortable length for a full length album, never mind a record officially classed as an EP), the album feels too short. The public wants more, and hopefully, this time next year, the three Amplifier boys will have obliged.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars please make this band famous 26 Jan 2006
By Mr. M. L. Hawes VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The follow up to Amplifier sees the band stick to their original direction, but find room for a slightly more tuneful approach. You stil have a similar formula of longish complex tunes which float along with crunching riffs and power chords aplenty, but there seems slightly more bite on this release.
Quite why this band has not reached an enormous audience is a crime. There's some true originality here, great tunes, wonderful playing and the possibility to play stadiums.
If you've not heard of them, imagine a cross between Rush, Radiohead and Doves with a dose of Swans thrown in for grey edge, but really there is no one doing what Amplifier are doing at the moment and for that alone, you should but this record as soon as possible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful rock by Amplifier 17 Dec 2005
By Dynamo
Format:Audio CD
It is not clear to me whether The Astronaut Dismantles HAL is an album or an EP. Looking at the low price it seems to be an EP. Looking at the playing time (39 minutes) it is more like an album. Anyhow for a low price you have six fantastic songs. Best song is 'Continuum'. A very strong progressive rock song. Second best is 'Live Human'.
The songs of Amplifier are very powerful because of the guitars, drum beats and excellent vocals.
The Astronauts Dismantels HAL is Amplifier's second release in 2005, after their debut album earlier his year. I expect that this band will even get better with every record they make. If you like bands such as Oceansize, Dredg and Porcupine Tree, then you will probably also like Amplifier.
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