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Amplifier is a British band from Manchester, United Kingdom. The band has released four albums and four EPs since its inception in 1999. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2004 by Music for Nations. Their second album, Insider was released in Europe in 2006 on the SPV label. Their third album, The Octopus, was released to fans in December 2010 ahead of a full release in January 2011.

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  • Avatar for thekillingspree
    I thought "The Octopus" was a let down until I properly listened to "Mystoria". Their latest is very easy to get into and instantly satisfactory, but it wears off disturbingly fast. They're better off sticking to the "slow building up long song" formula than chugging instantaneous short pop rock hits. Dogger_Dog raises some interesting points. I really wish they'd go back to a more traditional prog-rock sound (which is basically what I said in my previous sentence, I think).
  • Avatar for Zantera
    They haven't disappointed me with an album yet. I liked Mystoria quite a bit. The debut is still my favorite, but their other albums are really great too.
  • Avatar for Dogger_Dog
    "The Octopus" and their debut album are their best albums, as far as I'm concerned." Heh, small world indeed. I feel the exact same way. The Octopus is SO GOOD that I keep coming back to these guys to see if they can top it. They never do. Although I like portions of "Echo Street" as well, it doesn't have that cover-to-cover goodness that the debut and The Octopus have. Also, I think they've "lost it" because they've moved away from traditional progressive rock and into... plain old indie rock. At least that's what it sounds like to me.
  • Avatar for porcelain_tree
    Once again popular opinion sucks. Mystoria is excellent. I can't comprehend what listeners expect from Amplifier. Apparently The Octopus sucked until the next album or two. At that schedule, Mystoria will be a classic early 2016.
  • Avatar for ZAO_cazza
    Insider is still their best
  • Avatar for thekillingspree
    I've only listened to Residue ("both parts released together" version) and it sounded way better than Mystoria. Will definitely get back to it again soon.
  • Avatar for Cabrasevera
    I like their new direction, feels fresh.
  • Avatar for Liteee
    Mosaic is such a tune!
  • Avatar for thekillingspree
    Oddly enough, "Magic Carpet" is the only track I've "loved" here on, and the only track I genuinely enjoy out of "Mystoria". Small world, heh? I have yet to listen to Residue (both parts), but your comment has already put me out of the mood to listen to it... I truly hope these guys haven't lost it just yet. "The Octopus" and their debut album are their best albums, as far as I'm concerned. I can't believe I hated "The Octopus" so much for a very long time (even though I bought the special edition of it, which granted my name to appear on "The Octopus 2.0" release). That one sure took ages to finally hit me like it should.
  • Avatar for Dogger_Dog
    VV Yeah, Mystoria was a flop for me too. I enjoyed the first track, "Magic Carpet," but after that, meh. They still haven't been able to top Echo Street or The Octopus for me. ¶ The new EP, Residue Part 2, also sort of a flop. "Jets to Brazil" was interesting, but that's about the extent of praise I have for it. Decent "background rock music," but nothing that made me say "whoa!" like their earlier releases. Felt sort of rushed or boring. The last song even a bit cacophonic.

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