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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

4.19 | 1138 ratings

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4 stars If ever you are looking for some adrenaline, just stop (or shop) while listening to this debut album of "Mars Volta".

This album is an amazing journey into the wildest parts of prog you would imagine. A wonderful combo of lethal vocals and fantastic instrumental parts ("Roulette Dares"). But before this great song, "Inertiatic" already set the pace. An enormous, a gigantic track.

Being categorized within the heavy prog style doesn't prevent this band to produce some jewels of rhythmic music as "Drunkship Of Lanterns". An evil beat, some incredible drumming combined with the wildest guitar riffs. An ocean of wild rock is invading every little inch of your body while listening to this type of song. So different, so special. So "Mars Volta".

This ocean of violence is not always deserving a masterpiece status, but when I listen to "Drunkship Of Lanterns", I can hardly say that it is a filler. At the end of the day, there are (almost) none of these on this album.

A huge effort from start to finish (except "This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed"). Innovative, wild, brilliant. This is how "Mars Volta" sounds. To my old ears. Their music is so thrilling, so different of what's available. I can only recommend you to try and listen to their work.

It is of course not an easy task since it is hardly accessible, but hey! Once you have done the effort; there is only one option: like it. A big deal. I am an old freak who was fan of the hardest rock a long time ago and believe me, to encounter such power, such inventiveness is a great pleasure. Even if "Cicatriz ESP" holds some spacey "borrowed" moments (from Floyd of course) it ends up on a fabulous and devastating closing. An excellent way to finish this song.

These debut are certainly well worth. Special, attractive, fresh. Try it out, you shouldn't be disappointed. The killing closing number "Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt" is another of their somptuous compositions. Incredible off-beat, an inmense wave of sound combined with some scaterred riffs are such a good manner to close this album.

Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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