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Amplifier - Insider
I once checked Amplifier’s The Astronaut Dismantles Hal single out because it was in our local record store’s stoner department. But I was disappointed because I was looking for some heavy brutal stoner doom, but I got this soft rock stuff. As we received their new full-length album I couldn’t help myself to take a good listen to what these guys do.
Insider is Amplifier’s second full length album, and I must say that I quite enjoy it. It consists of original rock songs with a very thin layer of stoner distortions here and there. Clean parts can also be found throughout the songs, and everything is accompanied by clean melodic vocals. I also hear some influences from indie directions, although the faster tempo’s are rarely used. To give you an excellent idea of what they sound like I’ll quote a sentence from their bio; ‘Amplifier take Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Police, Mogwai, Massive Attack, Bowie and Brad – in fact just about anything of any quality, and exhale it through a cloudburst of guitar pickups and distortion pedals.’
Personally I find it an excellent album to lay back to. It can easily be used as background music, but I think that’s a waste because these guys have some very interesting things going on in their songs. And since everything is performed in a dreamy atmosphere, you are treated to a relaxing and comfortable musical journey that Insider is, while still paying attention to what is going on. Remarkable indeed.
I have a very good time listening to this release, and I think most fans of rock will agree with me on that. Just sit back in a comfy chair, grab yourself a cup of tea like these lads from Manchester would, or preferably roll a joint, and go on the Amplifier ride through your mind. Enjoy.
Amplifier - Insider
82/1001Details SPV
Released on Sunday Oct 29th, 2006

Writer @DemonDust on Wednesday Nov 1st, 2006

Tags: #Amplifier
Tracklisting 1. Gustav's Arrival
2. O Fortuna
3. Insider
4. Mongrel's Anthem
5. R.I.P.
6. Strange Seas Of Thought
7. Procedures
8. Elysian Gold
9. Oort
10. What Is Music?
11. Hymn Of The Aten
12. Map Of An Imaginary Place
Line up Sel Balamir - Guitar/Vocals
Matt Brobin - Drums
Neil Mahony - Bass/Typewriter