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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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5 stars Wow...for a debut EP this is absolutely amazing. Three very stellar tracks provide the basis for this album, which definately has some ties with deloused story-wise. Let's move on.

The first track CUT THAT CITY begins with some now typical ambience ad drums until it suddenly explodes into a frentic ride that's all that and a bag of chips. Hell, it even has a verse in spanish.

CONCERTINA is , in my opinion, the weakest track on the EP, but it is still a very nice track, It begins with four powerful chords before it dies down into a ROULETTE DARES type verse before it opens up again into a heavy chorus and climax and ends almost the same way it began.

EUNUCH PROVOCATEUR is the best track on the album bar none in my opinion. It begins with a nice segue of guitar chords played clean with lots of reberb, almost reminiscint to ACHILLES LAST STAND in structure. Then it picks up with a pause where a weird distorted voice is reciting something backwards ("Has mommy or daddy ever had to spank you?"--try it out) before it explodes into a hasty, loud piece of mayhem for the rest of the track until the end, which is created with a repitious drum track and the same distorted voice singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" backwards until the drums bring this amazing track to a close.

This is one of the best demo EPs i have ever heard and i deeply respect it as it gave origins to one of the most inventive bands ever.

| 5/5 |


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