Ampere
Like Shadows


4.5
superb

Review

by tigersuit1031 USER (1 Reviews)
April 8th, 2013 | 43 replies | 968 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ampere returns like they never left

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

After ten years, Ampere has become a sort of household name inside of the emotive hardcore scene. Their style remains one of the most original and novel aesthetics to date. Now, after an extended period of silence, they have released a new, ear crushing, heart-wrenching 13-minute LP.

Formed in 2002 in Amherst, MA, Ampere consists of members from legendary bands such as Orchid, Bucket Full of Teeth, and Wolves. They have released a solo album, a compilation of older songs, and eight splits with other bands. They have toured on four continents, a feat that is difficult for a band that plays relatively inaccessible music. One might call them the champions of screamo. But lately, Ampere has slowed down significantly, only releasing one song in 2008. Because only a handful of shows were played in the past few years, rumors of a hiatus formed. But with “Like Shadows,” all of those misconceptions are stricken, showing that Ampere is as strong as they have ever been, if not stronger.

For those unfamiliar, Ampere plays a style of abrasive hardcore at lightning speed, and uses complex and major chords to create a contrast between melody and vocalist. Odd time signatures throw the listener off and add even more energy to the already intense and chaotic music. The quick songs and deep, emotional lyrics read like someone is screaming dense philosophical poetry. The combination of these elements gives Ampere a sound unlike any other – as if Descartes was screaming his final thoughts while the Earth was caving in.

It is evident in their sound that Ampere has been working non-stop since 2008. The 15 songs are stylistically similar to Ampere’s previous material, but function in a way that the band has not explored previously, making “Like Shadows” Ampere’s most cohesive endeavor to date. The album begins with ten seconds of guitar feedback to prepare the listener for the excursion that they are about to take. And from then on, the feedback functions as a transitional element between tracks, as if they never turn the amps off.

These “breaks” are almost necessary, because the music is so incredibly dense; it is as if the listener is given ledges to stand on before diving further down. Moments like the drum motif in “Escapism Pt. II” and the crescendo in “Tiny Victories,” make “Like Shadows” an excellent, if not the best, addition to Ampere’s catalog. For these reasons, I would recommend Ampere’s “Like Shadows” for anyone that has a desire for the extreme.


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Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2013



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THIS IS MY TIGER-SUIT!!!

sorry

Ampere rules as well

CK
April 8th 2013



4873 Comments


These guys are from Amherst, Mass which is awesome

alachlahol
April 8th 2013



7471 Comments


best ampere album and one of the top bands in the genre,, rock n roll

demigod!
April 8th 2013



43809 Comments


never bothered checking ampere guess i should

Digging: Black Flag - My War

sixdegrees
April 8th 2013



16700 Comments


nice review

yeah this is their best release

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
April 8th 2013



3760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album rules.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

alachlahol
April 8th 2013



7471 Comments


good review

omik1116
April 8th 2013



521 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"...it is as if the listener is given ledges to stand on before diving further down."

May be the best analogy I could ever have thought of. It describes this album perfectly. Nice review.

FearThyEvil
April 8th 2013



12196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules.

Yes it does

auberginedreams
April 8th 2013



5983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album was really disappointing compared to all our tomorrows end today. it just wasn't anywhere near as memorable.

Cygnatti
April 8th 2013



21349 Comments


love this band

Digging: The Avalanches - Since I Left You

Kman418
April 8th 2013



9814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ehhhh

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Cygnatti
April 8th 2013



21349 Comments


D:

Kman418
April 8th 2013



9814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

there are just so many better emo violence bands out there sorry

alachlahol
April 8th 2013



7471 Comments


except youre a fuckin idiot and theres not

ITsHxCTOASTER
April 8th 2013



2476 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is real gd

Kman418
April 8th 2013



9814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh sorry i did not know thanks for telling me

alachlahol
April 8th 2013



7471 Comments


youre the guy who thinks sed non satiata is one of the best youre the guy who hasnt listened to much screamo thats why its time for you to roll on outta here with your opinions and maybe drop them in a thread about taking back sunday or something this is obviously above you

Kman418
April 8th 2013



9814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol ok buddy

alachlahol
April 8th 2013



7471 Comments


ok holy shit i just checked your ratings and saw a taking back sunday 5 and three bomb the music industry 5s in there what were thinkin even coming in here this may be screamo which is lame already but even the girl in this band has more balls than you



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