Amplifier return with their sixth and most definitive album to date, Trippin’ With Dr Faustus, due for release via Rockosmos this June 30th.
First track Kosmos instantly delivers Amplifier’s calling cards of massive riffs with lyrical sentiments that reach far beyond space, time and the limitations of ones, zeros and polycarbonate manufacturing. The story of Faust is more relevant than ever in the 21st century.
In stark contrast to the compact kidney punch that was 2014’s Mystoria – ‘Trippin’ With Dr Faustus’, like all epic journeys, is in no rush to let the plot unfold and spill out its secrets. “Each child is a child of circumstance” summarises frontman Sel Balamir.
The genesis of the idea of TWDF lies neatly in the heart of the song Silvio – originally written in the period around 2011’s The Octopus.
Silvio didn’t make it onto that behemoth double album, “it didn’t really fit in with the Album’s universal themes.” But the ideas lurking in Silvio persisted and soon made their own bed. “Who doesn’t want to make a record about our relationship with The Devil? The ultimate baddy…” Silvio was very specifically the story of Faust, albeit renamed in reference to Italian Faustian politico Berlusconi, and thus became the template for the rest of the album.
Recorded between 2014 and 2016 at Amplifier’s studio in Manchester, TWDF was produced by Balamir, who also designed the now traditional Amplifier packaging and artwork. A decidedly European affair, the album was mixed by Spanish engineer/producer Iago Lorenzo in Vigo, Spain, and mastered by Robin Schmidt at 24:96 in Karlsruhe Germany.
Much of the sound of Trippin’ With Dr Faustus is owed to the chance acquisition and the ensuing slow, tedious and loving rebuild of an old 2” Otari Tape Machine, which had been left to the band in a bequeathment following the untimely death of an old and much missed colleague. This retro piece of gear lead to a new and more intricate studio-based focus on the record. TWDF evolved slowly but gradually over 18 months as the tape machine repeatedly died and was each time reanimated with components scavenged from the internet from other old and dead machines scattered around the globe.
Exploring the Faustian coincidences of power, success, fame and money, TWDF blurs fact with fiction, reality with fantasy. It’s a diverse sonic landscape where human civilisation begins to take on the appearance of a synthesis between David LaChapelle and Hieronymus Bosch. Greed, Ego, Dominance, Fear and Seduction suddenly becoming the defining trends of the 21st Century. Enjoy the trip.
Trippin’ With Dr Faustus is released via Rockosmos on June 30th 2017 via all digital distributors and will also be available on double 180g gatefold transparent vinyl, a collector’s edition mediabook CD and in standard Jewelcase CD. Pre-order here – http://smarturl.it/DrFaustus.
TWDF Track listing
- Rainbow Machine
- Kosmos(Grooves Of Triumph)
- The Commotion (Big Time Party Maker)
- Big Daddy
- Old Blue Eyes
Amplifier are: Sel Balamir (Guitar and Vocals), Matt Brobin (Drums), Steve Dursoe (Guitar and Vocals) and Alex Redhead (Bass and Vocals).