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OCTAHEDRON

The Mars Volta

 

Heavy Prog

3.65 | 345 ratings

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Marty McFly
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Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars It definitely isn't the same sound as in case of their first. Because when I about year ago tried it, I fled in fear, as first track here is, well, it's repelling. It can scare newcomers like me away easily. And so I've tried it again and again, unsuccessfully (OK, I could skip this track and move further and I'll probably do it one day, but you know, it's not the right way).

Here, I was wondering what's going on for first 1:40 minutes, because I didn't hear a sound from my headphones (as I'm listening music not so loud, even normally it's enough). Then, something that pleased me. Acoustic TMV ? I say yes, big and complete yes, because that's you don't have to be heavy, scary and unpleasant to impress people. Definitely not in first track. And if this album managed to get me into TMV, first track was screaming all over place: "Take it easy, we have a lot to offer (I already knew it) and we are presenting it in better (for me) form". And second track, little bit departing from style of first one, but that's my point. Little bit, slowly, not suddenly and unexpectedly, because one (especially me) have to feel confident a little bit. It's all this "home" matter, you need to have one to feel good, that you have place where you're welcomed, where you can return and which you know very well.

And according to Snobb's two ideas, I quite a love Cedric's voice. He sings good, but I understand that some may hate it. I don't see anything bad what I would hate about him. And second thing, as I said, it's accessible. Being the most accessible is big OK for me, as I want to use this album as a leap point and jump from it to others, because I'll feel more familiar with their music. Not their most heavy caliber, even to my ear, it sounds quite heavy.

4(+), but now, I know that I'll not think about TMV in bad way so much anymore.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |

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