The Mars Volta - Amputechture CD (album) cover


The Mars Volta


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3.86 | 471 ratings

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2 stars Cut me ears off...

The album's title is a portmanteau of the words amputate, technology and architecture, a term coined by the band's late sound technician.

The Good: Viscera Eyes.

The Bad: The first two outings from the Mars Volta were both captivating and have merited countless listens from yours truly. Whilst the aforementioned releases brought a perfect blend of both atmosphere and abstraction bordering on avant-garde at times, there was a definite method to their madness. This on the other hand is a mess, an absolute mess, and a boring mess at that. Sure it has its moments, but for the most part it just throws around incoherent noodling interjected with semi catchy riffs and really is a chore to listen to. To put it in perspective, the only standout track requires 44 minutes of listening to reach, and even after that there is a further 20 minutes to sit through before the final album finally closes.

The Verdict: An uninspired exercise in self-derivation.

Starhammer | 2/5 |


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