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Anything like "Amplifier"?

post #1 of 19
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I love these guys...and just stumbled upon them in the past year.

Already a fan of the usual suspects; Porcupine Tree, Oceansize, Dredg, etc...but I find that Amplifier has an edge and originality that I dont find in the aforementioned bands (other than maybe early Dredg).

 

Recommendations?

post #2 of 19
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I love these guys..

Me too - I bought copies of The Octopus for a few friends.

Haven't had a chance to checkout the new album yet

post #3 of 19

Funny how things work like this. I just started listening to Amplifier again... along with Tool, A Perfect Circle, Oceansize, Isis, Riverside, and Porcupine Tree. There's got to be a collective consciousness. 

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By the way... give the bands OSI and Demians a look. They have a similar sound.

You might also want to look at Anathema. They're progressive, experimental, expansive rock with an edge. Amazing band. Well... Anathema isn't much like Amplifier at all, but still worth a check-out.
Edited by Origin89 - 4/4/13 at 1:57pm
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By the way... give the bands OSI and Demians a look. They have a similar sound.

You might also want to look at Anathema. They're progressive, experimental, expansive rock with an edge. Amazing band. Well... Anathema isn't much like Amplifier at all, but still worth a check-out.

 

Ive heard of OSI numerous times but never picked anything up.

Same for Anathema (which I though was more in the black metal category...like Katatonia, whom I love).

 

Where would you start with the above two?

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Ive heard of OSI numerous times but never picked anything up.

Same for Anathema (which I though was more in the black metal category...like Katatonia, whom I love).

 

Where would you start with the above two?

 

OSI - the albums Fire Make Thunder, Blood, or Office of Strategic Influence

Demians - Building an Empire. Steve Wilson(Porcupine Tree) regarded this band pretty highly.

 

As for Anathema, they're nothing like Black Metal. I think they started off with Death Metal, but since the late 90s they've been doing progressive, atmospheric rock. Sometimes it can actually be a bit too soft/slow for me in that category. Judgement, A Fine Day to Exit, and their most recent Weather Systems are good albums to check out.

post #7 of 19

So far this thread has included all my favourite bands.
 

May also want to investigate Riverside and Lunatic Soul

post #8 of 19
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So far this thread has included all my favourite bands.
 

May also want to investigate Riverside and Lunatic Soul

 

I dont know why, but I could never get into Riverside.

It has this very "dated"/old-school prog rock sound to me, that I find to be the anti-thesis of of what Amplifier and some of these other bands sound like.

 

Never heard of Lunatic Soul; will look into them.

post #9 of 19

I can see what you're saying about Riverside. Although I really dig their music, I find the drums to sound a bit anemic, which lends to the "dated/whispy" feel for me. A little more backbone in the drums and I'd have no complaints. 

post #10 of 19
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Another side point here...I cant seem to get into Oceansize either.

That said, I think they write brilliant, dense, beautiful music.

But for some reason, I find it incredibly repetitive and cannot listen straight through one of their albums (listening to Frames right now).

post #11 of 19

Yea, I wasn't too crazy about their last 2 albums. I've found that for progressive, atmospheric, ethnic, edgy, hard rock, there's not much better than Tool's AEnema, Lateralus, and 10,000 Days albums. Blows me away every time. 


Edited by Origin89 - 4/5/13 at 9:31pm
post #12 of 19
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Yea, I wasn't too crazy about their last 2 albums. I've found that for progressive, atmospheric, ethnic, edgy, hard rock, there's not much better than Tool's AEnema, Lateralus, and 10,000 Days albums. Blows me away every time. 

 

Yeah, TOOL is a no-brainer here for sure.

Ironically, I find Undertow to be their best album even though it is the least complex and proggy.

I love the "clean"lines" of that album; fluff and filler are nowhere to be found.

 

Listening to Katatonia's "Viva Emptiness" which I find to be a near perfect album.

Have you ever gotten into them?

 

I'm into any band that can successfully layer dark, complex, progressive rock and/or metal, with beautiful vocals.

Along with Katatonia, Cave-In's "Jupiter" comes to mind when I think of the best of what has been released in the past two or so decades.

That said, I'd put Maynard at the top of the heap.

post #13 of 19

For sure, Undertow is incredible. I'm not too crazy about Opiate, though.

 

I have all of Katatonia's albums and Viva Emptiness is one of my favorites, although they have several great albums. Haha, we have pretty similar taste. I haven't heard of Cave-In, but I'll check them out. 

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Funny how things work like this. I just started listening to Amplifier again... along with Tool, A Perfect Circle, Oceansize, Isis, Riverside, and Porcupine Tree. There's got to be a collective consciousness. 

If you add in Steven Wilson, that was my playlist for the past week.  

post #15 of 19
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Another side point here...I cant seem to get into Oceansize either.

That said, I think they write brilliant, dense, beautiful music.

But for some reason, I find it incredibly repetitive and cannot listen straight through one of their albums (listening to Frames right now).

 

I think Oceansize had excellent atmosphere to their nuanced instrumentation that still keeps me engaged.  My main complaints with them is that the vocals are somewhat weak and they don't have sweeping timing changes that make for truly amazing prog, but still good.

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