Release Date: Mar 19, 2013
Record label: Kscope
If there’s anything as daunting as writing and recording a double album, it’s deciding what comes next. That’s the conundrum that now faces Amplifier, whose 2011 two-disc opus, The Octopus, solidified their place in the modern prog landscape and went on to sell a remarkable 20,000 copies – not bad for a self-released effort. But how, exactly, do you recreate a success like that? For Amplifier, the answer is simple: you don’t.
Amplifier formed in Manchester, UK in 1999 and was originally an arty alt-rock and metal band frequently dosed with cosmic rock for otherworldly effect. Much like Kscope label-mates and similar sonic kin Anathema, Amplifier has shifted its sound over the course of its career, easing back on the metal to become a progressive rock ensemble—with a keen ear for energetic melodies. The band’s 2011 double album, The Octopus (self-released, with 20,000-plus copies sold), brought Amplifier a round of well-deserved applause, and saw the band settling into its distinctive wall of sound.