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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez


Eclectic Prog

3.17 | 31 ratings

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Sgt. Smiles
3 stars Nothing new here...but that's ok by me.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has certainly done his fair share of recording over the past few years, and Megaritual is yet another album put together during his time in Amsterdam. The entire album is instrumental with only he and his brother Marcel as the credited musicians, and from the get-go it sounds like just another mishmash of sounds and grooves he would maybe later incorporate into a Mars Volta song. However, I will say that he tends to be able to stuff more ideas and rythyms into a fairly forgettable side project than most bands can put in their entire catalogue.

The first 3 tracks are all one song (divided equally into segments of 3:22), and a very good song at that. The song titles even fit together: A Device Imagined To Turn/Screaming Babies Inside Out/At The Push Of A Button. Charming, eh? All-in-all a fun 10 mintue groove. Bells At The Slipstream is another good tune laced in Omar's frantic guitar work. Good Is Repaid With Evil is short and spacey with some nice piano, followed by Panta Section, which is all over the place and could easily be placed on Calibration or Absence. Hands Vs. Helix seems to be building to something bigger throughout, but closes like a knife to the eardrum. The last few seconds of this song could wake coma patients. Dispanec Triage is like a longer version of Good Is Repaid With Evil, only a little less cohesive. Finally, we have Dead Hisses To Match Our Own, which doesn't actually sound like an Omar song, at least at first. It leads in with some crunchy guitar reminiscent of 70's rock, but quickly turns into typical Rodriguez-Lopez. Dead Hisses sounds like a building block for Ouroboros, a Volta track from the Bedlam album.

This is yet another decent output from Mr. Rodriguez-Lopez, all of which sound alike, but also different...somehow. The first 4 tracks and the last track are the standouts, in my opinion.

Nothing brilliant here, but completely enjoyable!

Sgt. Smiles | 3/5 |


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