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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

4.05 | 841 ratings

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4 stars And what an album they make!

And after such power of »Deloused in Comatorium« album, they go even further in experimenting, showing themselves as one of leading groups of young, new prog rock. Cassandra Gemini is proof for that. This is one of the best epics I have heard: guitar melodies are inspirative, warm, effective, and drumming is superb. Drumkit sounds so different than any other drumers out there, and production is original over record. In this track guitarist plays in psychedelic manner, with lot of effects, and bassist is effective and interesting too. This is really narcotic thing. All of other songs are good as well, they have own identity, each is different story and landscape. Many listeners disliked some »noises« on record: at the end of first song, almost half of second one, and begining of fourth (more than four minutes of background sounds). Some call these things fillers, but I would not agree that they put it there just to have longer album. They use electronic and ambient pieces simply as one of their musical fabrics. I, also did not like the end of song »The Widow«, but I can forgive them on this. When I hear ending orchestra in "Miranda, that Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore", I could compare it to some of the most beautiful melodies of classical music, and Cedric made one of the best vocal performances I have ever heard.

The band is somehow connection between prog past and prog present. They use instruments of an old days (lot of horns and saxes), but they do not copy anyone and they transcend all influences. Combine these with great production and with many other flavours (just to mention some latino influences) to the great effects.

nisandzic | 4/5 |


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