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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

4.07 | 1006 ratings

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4 stars With "Frances the Mute" TMV changed their music totally. You cant compair it to the debut-album "De-loused". While there the sound is very hard and eclectic, is it on their second album more psychedelic and you can often find space-rock like passages which will remember you a little bit to hawkwind or pink floyd (or maybe it's a little bit like "Solar Music" from "Grobschnitt"). But don't be afraid, the typical Mars Volta - elements are still there, for example at the beginning from "Cygnus Vismund Cygnus" or in L'Via L'Viasquez", which is very freaky. But especially on the last two tracks (which are actually one long song) are very long, spheric sound-collages which can be multiple minutes long. The question is: Is it good or bad? I think its brilliant! I love this album. The changes between freaky Mars Volta - Prog and psychedelic Rock are excellent and you will never get bored while listening. I don't know if it's better then their debut, this is a matter of taste. But for me "Frances The Mute" is at least as good as "De-loused" and all in all an fantastic album for all people who want to get on a trip while listening ;)
Elveeye | 4/5 |


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