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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

3.65 | 382 ratings

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3 stars Disappointing.

I've been a TMV fan since 2003 and I personally think that Octahedron is definately their weakest album. It is different like all TMV albums and I certainly appreciate that, they're not a formula band like most of today's mainstream scene (and actually lots of prog acts). But I really don't know, most of the songs are somewhat weak and uninspired. Several songs of the album are acoustic and despite the weakness of most of the songs, I want to say that the entirely acoustic and beautifully crafted With Twilight As My Guide is an amazing piece, and of course, a highlight. Probably the reason why I'm giving 3 stars to Octahedron is because of most of the electric songs. Teflon and Desperate Graves are definately the weakest songs here (along with the incredibly boring Copernicus). Cotopaxi is the "single" of the album and it is a very good and enjoyable hard-rocking tune similar to Wax Simulacra from The Bedlam in Goliath, surely they'll play this song a lot in their live shows. Luciforms is definately the best song of the album, an awesome prog-rock tune with a cool Omar Rodriguez trademark solo.

Despite there are very good songs in Octahedron, most of the material is very disappointing and uninspired. I certainly prefer their masterpieces De-loused in The Comatorium and Frances The Mute.

Best Songs: With Twilight as My Guide, Cotopaxi, Luciforms. Worst Songs: Copernicus, Teflon, Desperate Graves.

Yeidí | 3/5 |


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