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The Mars Volta - Tremulant EP CD (album) cover


The Mars Volta


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3.25 | 107 ratings

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4 stars The real The Mars Volta debut work ( but just 3-songs EP). I found this CD because of my great interest to that band, and much more later, than the other albums. The music there is a bit different from later works ( but all later works are very different between each other as well), but for sure it is The Mars Volta.

First of three song starts from long electronic/effects introduction in very Pink Floydish style. But then things go in TMV scenario - trash/heavy metal explosion, many rhythm changes, characteristic vocal. Music is not as psychedelic, as in few next albums, but more heavy metal- ised. Second song is more usual melodic and heavily energetic rock. The third and last one is longer composition with jazzy drumming, heavy guitar riffs and electronic sounds background. In short heavy metal explosions I can hear System of A Down influence. Structure is complex with many breaks in melodies and rhythms. The final ( and quite long) part of the song is long instrumental solo of pseudo jazzy drum machine and electronic synth/samples

This EP is interesting by itself as well, but still a bit raw and too short to give band's full picture. I believe that it will be interesting for band's fans, but not the best place to start.

snobb | 4/5 |


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