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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

4.19 | 1138 ratings

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5 stars I don't remember quite why I came around to buying this album. I had become interested in At the Drive In, and knew Cedric & Omar had moved on to stretch their musical boundaries.

But this was a surprise. This wasn't punk, this wasn't emo or screamo or whatever alternative scene that ATDI was part of. You could hear where ATDI could have gone if the rest of the band had gone along with Omar & Cedric. But that was only part of it.

Once I started to listen to the album, I was playing it a few times a week for about a month. And the only way I could describe it to my friends was that it was a smashing combination of Rush, Santana, Pink Floyd, played with a punkish energy that belied what most outsiders thought prog could or should sound like.

This is not heavy rock. This is experimental almost metal with a restraint that the band would not show until Octahedron.

If you loved Rush's ability to write 15-20 minute suites with a slew of hard hitting riffs, then this is worth your time & money. Just imagine the latin feel of Santana added to the mix. 'Cause the Mars Volta pulled it off perfectly on this record.

Too bad they quickly lost the ability to know when a riff or melody was played out and to move on to the next musical idea.

And yes, this did match the pantheon of Prog masterpieces and will remain so. If only more bands were able to break through. And of course, if only TMV had continued to do so.

debrewguy | 5/5 |


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