19th January 2015
The Octopus (64 Page Media Book Version)
Disc 1: 1. The Runner / 2. Minion's Song / 3. Interglacial Spell / 4. The Wave / 5. The Octopus / 6. Planet Of Insects / 7. White Horses At Sea//Utopian Daydream / 8. Trading Dark Matter On The Stock Exchange. Disc 2: 1. The Sick Rose / 2. Interstellar / 3. The Emperor / 4. Golden Ratio / 5. Fall Of The Empire / 6. Bloodtest / 7. Oscar Night/Embryo / 8. Forever And More
Size isn’t everything. But Amplifier’s The Octopus is big in every respect and dimension. Three years in the making, universal in its concept, and spread across two CDs it can now be discovered like some Rosetta Stone that will reveal ever more of itself over the weeks, months and years that you live with it. The Octopus is a major work that has stylistic echoes of Led Zeppelin and Rush and a vision that invites comparisons to Pink Floyd’s The Wall or Queensrÿche’s ’Operation: Mindcrime’. Speaking for himself, drummer Matt Brobin and bassist Neil Mahony the band’s vocalist and guitarist Sel Balamir says: "The one element of our music that most people perceive is its panoramic quality." That panorama stretches from the acoustic guitar-led ‘Oscar Night’, the complex hard rock stylings of the epic ‘Interstellar’ or ‘Planet Of Insects’ to the sinister yet comforting power of the title-track. These are sixteen songs of breathtaking imagination executed by a band of rare talent. The strengths and the scale of ‘The Octopus’ are even more remarkable given that it was made without any record company support. It is the product of a truly independent rock band working without boundaries, three musicians fuelled by ambition and self-belief, inspired by a loyal fan-base following online progress reports.