|Ampere Like Shadows
|Ranking: #149 for 2011 |
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|4.0 excellent||Qwe Qwetherington | June 8th 11|
Ampere playing machinegun skramz and destroying everything whats new
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|4.0 excellent||TightropeMTL | June 8th 11|
Ampere is back with a vengeance. 'Like Shadows' is deceptively layered and complex
underneath the unrelenting aural assault. Fast but not brutal, melodic but dissonant. Ugly &
beautiful, this is their finest work to date. Don't blink.
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|4.0 excellent||Alabaster Jones | March 30th 17|
Like Orchid before them, Ampere have the gift of writing very short songs that are both powerful and memorable. Whole albums blow fly past where three songs normally would, and the musicianship on display is nothing short of heart-stopping. Like Shadows is a fitting title for this explosion of screamo treading dangerously into powerviolence territory; shadows can represent darkness, and they can also represent fear. Stephen Pierce is a powerful vocalist, that enough is certain, and he may be at his most powerful when he sounds frightened (as he does many, many times here), as if he's being thrown around by all of the chaotic instrumentation around him. As for darkness, the lyrics here are at once depressing, raging, and slightly disturbing, giving an air of apprehensive frustration and deep melancholy. It's a very intense record, and in this sense, the thirteen minute length is a blessing. Who knows what they'll do next, if anything, but at least we have this to remind ourselves why we wait.
|4.0 excellent||NewBallistics | February 15th 16|
The fastest album I think I've ever listened to. I suggest an ear for powerviolence/thrashcore or you might be turned-off by this one.
|3.0 good||Brendan M | September 25th 14|
Would be much better live.
|1.5 very poor||Eugene Kamrass | July 8th 13|
This music is supposed to be raw/heavy and I know that, but it just sounded like emotionless noise. There were very few parts on this album that were interesting, the rest of it was down in the gutters as boring and annoying to say at the least.
|1.0 awful||Aaron LaClair | April 17th 13|
This has the musical integrity of a toddler banging on pots and pans. I realize this is intended to be chaotic and sloppy, but I could pick up 4 strangers walking in front of house on their way to get crack and trump this tenfold. Fucking horrible
|2.5 average||butchinette, herself | September 8th 11|
ehhhhh...... what the fuck was that?!... it's just too crazy for me...
|5.0 classic||trolliefingers | June 22nd 11|
i thought punx generally got lamer as they got older? i was eleven when they formed, i'm twenty now, and i'm pretty sure they were all older than i am now back in 2002. this record is their best yet, maybe best of the genre. uhh...
|4.5 superb||jorge22s | June 21st 11|
So here we are, the Massachusetts natives with another release. "Like Shadows" its a masterpiece as revolutionary and groundbreaking as Radiohead's Kid A, perhaps even better. To have an album better than Kid A, is theorically impossible, considering Pitchfork Media gave it a legendary 10.0, so there's no space to grow because there isn't a rating as perfect as that one.
In my professional opinion Ampere has pulled an album of about 10.7, yeah i know, that's a first. But rules and history is to be rewritten, we are right now in a crucial time in indie music history, in hipster subculture history and overall we have the pleasure of listening one of the greatest albums of the decade.
Beautiful yet Ugly, Infinite yet 47 minutes, Chaotic yet Familiar, Death Brutal Metal yet Childish, Masculine-Hyper-Macho music yet Femenine and delicate.
Think about it.
|4.0 excellent||John weathered old reviewer Hanson EMERITUS | June 6th 11|
The best emo album of the short year so far, but after being spoiled for years with bands who played a longer, more satisfying style of music, is Ampere as impactful as they once were? Eh, still gonna rule live.
|4.0 excellent||DOUG THA GAMECHANGER | June 4th 11|
yeah it's goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood is this 50 characters yet
|4.0 excellent||Alex Silveri EMERITUS | June 4th 11|
Holy shit. The last album that had me on the edge of my seat like this was something out of pg.99's discography, and even then this is a ride like no other. Short, fast, brutal and passionate - everything Ampere ever had in them, distilled into the best 13 minutes of the year.
|5.0 classic||emmny | March 13th 17|
|4.0 excellent||p4p | March 11th 17|
|4.0 excellent||Jekub | January 16th 17|
|3.5 great||Adamrk | December 16th 16|
|4.5 superb||endtime | September 23rd 16|
|3.5 great||Drew | January 31st 16|
|3.0 good||Phil M. | September 29th 15|
|3.5 great||boab92 | June 22nd 15|
|4.0 excellent||Dean R CONTRIBUTOR | May 7th 15|
|5.0 classic||hsb | February 12th 15|
|4.0 excellent||fuzzbutt | December 29th 14|
|4.0 excellent||Shimana | October 4th 14|
|3.5 great||msm008 | September 9th 14|
|4.0 excellent||Tyler M | August 27th 14|
|4.5 superb||xbogx | February 26th 14|
|4.0 excellent||Sithese | January 21st 14|
|4.0 excellent||aflak7 | October 30th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Scomadi | September 23rd 13|
|4.0 excellent||akimbo | July 12th 13|
|3.5 great||Ryan | July 12th 13|
|3.5 great||tlhk | June 13th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Caelum | May 5th 13|
|3.5 great||Hieron | April 19th 13|
|3.5 great||flaffy | March 15th 13|
|3.5 great||kb36 | January 22nd 13|
|4.0 excellent||AdamK | December 9th 12|
|4.0 excellent||G.M.B. | October 25th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Solisis | September 12th 12|
|4.0 excellent||hermmess | September 11th 12|
|4.5 superb||Hawks | September 3rd 12|
|4.0 excellent||Michael | August 26th 12|
|4.5 superb||IN64 | June 11th 12|
|3.5 great||Yami | May 26th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Dev518 | May 3rd 12|
|4.0 excellent||Maniac | May 3rd 12|
|2.5 average||Jamdbz | April 26th 12|
|3.5 great||Mark H. | February 20th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Brumas | December 20th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Lolgical | December 10th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Jordan | November 24th 11|
|3.5 great||Lumine | November 6th 11|
|3.5 great||Saiko | November 4th 11|
|4.5 superb||Le P. | September 24th 11|
|3.5 great||JJwins | September 9th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Aaron | September 4th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Quinn | August 22nd 11|
|3.5 great||a7c7e7 | July 18th 11|
|4.0 excellent||alex | July 14th 11|
|3.5 great||Bill | July 8th 11|
|3.5 great||ziroth | June 24th 11|
|4.0 excellent||zach | June 18th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Photon | June 18th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Eno | June 3rd 11|
|3.5 great||Andy | June 3rd 11|
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