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The Mars Volta


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4 stars 7.5/10

Being a non-fan of this American group I really do not know if I could write an unbiased review of them on another album. Following trends in the opposite about their albums here in PA I like them as the scores of users decreases. That is, while I have not found much to be enjoyed on De-Loused In The Comatorium and Frances the Mute (his two best-rated albums) I really fell in love with Amputechture and even I can say about The Bedlam in Goliath.

TBiG is by far the most controversial album this band has ever produced. Which is odd, considering that it has the same formula as before: aggression and experimentation with a healthy dose of originality! All I can say is that while listening to him was not the same pleasant experience of his predecessor is a step forward in the career of TMV and is a sadly underrated work!

In fact it is possible to identify the aspects of this album that reviewers despise (and some of which I also despise): there is a certain amount of material "filling", plenty of effects and sound collages, avant-garde passages and disconnected, etc.. In fact, initially I was tempted to give it three stars, but heard a closer look made ​​me realize that the positives outweighed the negatives and that the whole was greater than the sum of its parts (phrases cliches, but perfectly correct).

The first half of the second album really excels with songs like Aberinkula, Metatron and Ilyena (especially this one, with its hypnotic electronic effects) and best album. Wax Simulacra is a "filler" in my opinion, and not there is nothing in it that makes me believe that she deserved the Grammy for best Hard Rock song. Goliath is another highlight, while Tourniquet Man is a quiet interlude (the only song calm this album) and provides the listener time to breathe before ...

... The second half, which is exactly the focus of controversy (among many) in this album. And I'm on the side of those who hate Cavalletas,Agadez and Askepios, because these songs just take the shine of The Bedlam ... and certainly do not deserve it. Ouroboros on the other hand lost and catches her breath as other reviewers have pointed out is the closest thing the band has come to make progressive metal (listen to the introduction - you'll know what I'm talking about!). Soothsayer is one of the best songs here, I love your opening with various exotic stringed instruments until the song begins to develop. It's a shame that it passes too quickly, but would not be a problem if they would take away the terrible three songs mentioned above. Another song is ended disposable Conjugal Burns, who really does not do much for me.

Among the members I really need to mention the drummer Thomas Pridgen, which shows a suitable substitute Jon Theodore. His performance is being questioned by several reviewers, but I can say that with his frenetic style it really fits in the band!

4 stars. Better than talk, but less than its predecessor.

voliveira | 4/5 |


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