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AMPUTECHTURE

The Mars Volta

 

Heavy Prog

3.86 | 456 ratings

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nisandzic
4 stars Ok, if we look at this album on its own, it is five-stars work, but first two albums of this band put this one little bit behind. I suppose it was hard to make an attractive album, after those two masterpieces. But, The Mars Volta managed, somehow, to do it. First track, Vicarius Atonement is amazing song, with nice texturizing guitars, beautiful vocals, nice brass. Second one is very long track and it somehow stays disconnected, although interesting, and guitars are experimental, they follow voice so brilliantly, and druming is bombastic. Two guitars are excellent here, but song is not the best one, as guitars start to scream at the end (but they are experimental band, right?) Vermicide is, somehow radio-friendly, but an excellent track. One of the best they ever made! It has interesting effects made on voice and drumms are cute for the first time in album. There is emotional and effective (call it beautifull) guitar solo here. Melody is killing one. Meccamputechture is awesome. This track is such an energy, in classical The Mars Volta style, and it ends with beautiful horns riff. Structure of this music reminds me so much on Van Der Graaf Generator, although, the Mars Volta are so warm in sound, and keyboards here are more cute than those organs in VDGG. Viscera Eyes is the best one in here, starts with some processed drums in background and than with some good metal-like riff, and it is in spanish and english. Asilos Magdalena is nice accoustic song with sonic experiments in its end, totally in spanish. Day of baphomets starts with fantastic bass line and than bursts in semi chaotic state of happy guitars and horns and percussions, it has cool percussion solo, but in some moments it can get a bit boring as singer does vocals continuosly, and totally linear. El Ciervo Vulnerado is narcotic , ambient track, but it does not offer much. All in all, very good album, it needs some time to be fully apreciated, guitars are great here, what is not so good is that structure of songs can go boring, and not so mellodic. Still their style is interesting and they deserve to be labelled as foreruners in conterporary progressive rock.
nisandzic | 4/5 |

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