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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.48 | 113 ratings

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5 stars Let's start at the end it's a really good place to start.

Map of an Imaginary Place and Hymn of Aten are wonderful tracks. Characteristically Amplifier. I've compared this Manchester band to Soundgarden in previous reviews. That's not really fair. Cornell is Cornell and Amplifier have clearly found there own sound.

Sometimes bands spring at us out of nowhere. You walk out of a gig thinking wow that support was awesome. You (or at least I) have a prejudice staunchly based on ignorance, that the support will be a poor band ... time for a couple of beers and a bit of craic. How wrong I usually am. Sometimes spectacularly: I recall first seeing Tesla backing Def Leppard, Kings X backing ACDC; you know the sort of thing. Anyway, Amplifier is definitely a band that leaps out of the "yeah i'm sure they're good but y'know gotta get back to the Tool (or whatever)" and grabs you by the nads and makes you sit up & listen.

Strange Seas of Thought just hits the spot. I would love to see these guys live and wait to see at what point Matt Brobin swaps his arms over for a fresh pair.

Music is a lot like food & wine, one man's meat is another man's poison. But not Poison (now there was a band I really just did not get). I reckon with Amplifier you get the best prog rock outfit in the UK at the moment.

There are a couple of tracks I really don't get in this album: Elysian Gold and Whst is Music. But for me I remember the highlights. This album has 3 really great tracks. THat's a great ratio in my books. Maybe I'm a glass half full person but for those 3 this album should be in your collection.

obiter | 5/5 |


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