- Audio CD (24 Oct. 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Single
- Label: Spv
- ASIN: B000ANYIKK
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Astronaut Dismantles Hal Single
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The EP itself will be familiar to anyone who has heard the band before; it is by no means a musical revolution, more an evolution of what was tried on the album. This is not to say that it is stale in any way. Amplifier’s music has always been unique and exciting, and this EP is no different. Amplifier’s aim has always been to produce “pure music” they hate the distinction between instruments and wish simply to craft sounds. The band avoid every cliché in the book, no simple chord progressions, no vocal harmonies, no guitar solos, they have a style of music that is driven by a great technical knowledge, and a deep love of music itself.
Although to see them you would see a classic guitar-vocal-bass-drum combo the vast array of pedals on display hints at what’s to come. The bands name is a direct reference to the number of amplifiers, which the band uses to get some truly unique sounds from their guitars. With the lead guitar (Sel Balamir) using 4 amps and the bass (Neil Mahoney) using 3 the potential combinations of sounds are enormous, add to that 52 different effects pedals between them and the possibilities are almost endless.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Of the quickly growing aray of material on offer, this release feels to be more closely linked to the first album stylistically, which may offer more appeal to some fans than... Read morePublished on 24 April 2015 by Matthew Graham
Terrific stuff from Amplifier, there is something about the dynamics of a three piece band I really like. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2012 by Chaszam
this really belongs with "The Octopus" forget the record execs wet dream of "Insider" (hence the title of this review). Best track? Read morePublished on 24 July 2011 by Andrew