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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

3.52 | 524 ratings

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4 stars The first thing to point out in this album is that it doesn't stop, the closest you get to a stop is the two-and-a-half minute long "Tourniquet Man", and even that is filled with psychedelic background sounds and altered vocals, which make it quite unsettling, the storm stars with the sonic explosion from the second you press the play button in Aberinkula, I do think this song may have been kind of forced, just to put a blasting song to open, well Metatron maybe would have done it better, but never mind, Metatron is absolutely fantastic, with great funky melodies (just like Ilyena, Cavalettas and Agadez), really aggressive ones, and a very sing-along chorus, which is quite fantastic.

Wax Simulacra, the Grammy single, is a song with monstrous drumming, Thomas Pridgen is a true beast, it has also a great verse and absolutely beautiful bridge, but the chorus is pretty terrible, which is shame. Next comes Goliath, for me the best track in the whole album, is simply astonishing, the fantastic verse melody combining with the fantastic chorus and then the epic outro, is the only song in the album that comes close to my absolute TMV favorites (those being Cygnus, L'via and Tetragrammaton).

Askepios and Soothsayer are the most experimental songs in the album and are fantastic, Askepios is very weird, it seems it doesn't start and doesn't go anywhere, I didn't like it at the beginning but it turned out to be one of my favorites in Bedlam. Soothsayer starts with weird ambient sounds and then an unknown instruments enters beautifully being joined by guitar and then the beautiful voice culminating in a glorious chorus.

Conjugal Burns closes, and it's with no doubt the track I like the least, it is incoherent, doesn't make a lot of sense, and also because you're already tired of mind-blasting songs like Cavalettas and Ouroborous.

The big problem in here is this being too tiring, because it has true exceptional moments, it is fantastic anyway.

JTP88 | 4/5 |


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