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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

4.19 | 1138 ratings

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3 stars Oh boy, this is not for everybody.

Even for the experienced progger who went thru some tough cookies (Gentle Giant or Anglagard) this is still a challenge for some.

This is a very bombastic album with a strange psychedelia aura and jammed pack with ideas. This is clearly not a band that will be accused of plagiarism because the song structure is sooo weird (if not mechanically insane), you think you're in front of a UFO or someone spiked your beer with a strong LSD cap.

Apart from the huge amount of insanity, there's still moments of (relative) calm with some nice chorus and a certain FM potential in some cases. Being in support of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and System of a Down, you can trace some influences of those two bands in some tiny spots. Also, something cannot be towed away is the nice effort done by the drummer who gives his snare a hard time, killing the poor thing many times in the same song (like Inertiatic or Cicatriz). But to me, the ultimate proof of originality is clearly the vocals. Something like Dalbello mated with Bjork, with long and soaring calls from a throat that must be begging for a honey lozenge after.

This is a big and orgiac amount of insanity topped with a thick punk-funk-psychedelic frosting.

Man this is hard to get into.

Menswear | 3/5 |


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