Listening to The Octopus after about 3-4 years and yeah.. this is still the best. Every single track, such an amazing record. I have the 70 page signed booklet thingy, I didnt realise it was so RARE and that this album was so underrated. Get on it.
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).
"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.
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.
Oddly enough, "Magic Carpet" is the only track I've "loved" here on Last.fm, 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.
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.
I've finally made up my mind regarding Mystoria: it's their worst album to date. And I thought "Echo Street" was lame... That one actually grows up on you, unlike "Mystoria", which just gets rather dull and repetitive the more you listen to it, as it tries nothing more than to shove uninspired riffs and general noise into your head. That being said, "Mystoria" is a nice rock album by any other band besides Amplifier. Now please bring back the long epic "build-uppers" in the next album. Much obliged.
KERBDOG / AMPLIFIER - ONLY 2 UK SHOWS!!!!
MANCHESTER RITZ SAT 15 NOVEMBER
LONDON KENTISH TOWN FORUM SUN 16 NOVEMBER
Come see the fun:
Vive La France!
Oct 06 LILLE - LA PENICHE
Oct 18 PARIS - LE BATOFAR (Knifeworld NOT PLAYING)
The Swiss Flag
Oct 07LUZERN - SCHUUR
We love Germany
Oct 08 MUNICH - STROM
Oct 09 -STUTTGART - KELLER
Oct 10 WIESBADEN - Raucherkrammer
Oct11 KOLN - Luxor
Oct12 DRESDEN - Beatpol
Oct13 OSNABRUK - K Freiheit
Oct14 HAMBURG - Knust
Oct15 BERLIN - Privatclub
Oct16 HAARLEM - Patronaat
Oct17 HELMOND - Cacaofabriek (Knifeworld NOT PLAYING)
UK grunge fest (with Kerbdog)
Nov 15 MANCHESTER - Ritz
Nov 16 LONDON - Forum
Wow, "Mystoria" is a very "in your face" album, akin to Sucioperro's "Fused"! It's fast, unexpected, it hits you hard and heavy, it's a trip of pure rocking power from 0 to 100% of nearly all songs, there is never a dull moment on this one. I'm definitely impressed with "Mystoria", and I have to say I absolutely love it as a rock album, but I'm still unsure of it as an Amplifier album. It obviously begs for more listening time, something which I will gladly surrender to.
If my Mystoria pre-order has been dispatched today, why hasn't a link for a digital download been made available in my e-mail as well? DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE ACTUAL CD TO GET HERE?! D: *googles for leaks*
I actually had to listen to "Echo Park" to realize how utterly awesome "The Octopus" truly is. "Echo Park", on the other hand, not so much. "Named After Rocky" left me with a boner, though, so I quickly pre-ordered Mystoria and I'm currently waiting for its release like some bloke at that precise moment right before shooting heroin up his vein.
First Single from "Mystoria"
The time is here:
And exclusive news...
Tourdates (more to be announced)
06-Oct FR Lille, La Peniche
07-Oct CH Lucerne, Schuur
08-Oct DE Munich, Strom
09-Oct DE Stuttgart, Keller Club
10-Oct DE Wiesbaden, Raucherkrammer
11-Oct DE Cologne, Luxor
12-Oct DE Dresden, Beatpol
13-Oct DE Osnabruck, Kleine Freiheit
14-Oct DE Hamburg, Knust
15-Oct DE Berlin, Privatclub
16-Oct NL Haarlem, Patronaat
17-Oct NL Helmond, Cacaofabriek