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The Mars Volta


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2.73 | 113 ratings

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5 stars Although it dosen't have any 'official' new songs, this live album is definately no lower than any of their previous two studio-albums, and EP. Live, the Mars Volta are an incredible force of energy that have to be experienced first hand to really experience it fully. This live album gives an excellent glance at the experimentation that is done on-stage, and the brilliant elongations of previously 7-8 minute songs, to 48 minutes.

There are only 3 real 'songs' on it, but there are many extentions to them that are also given names, such as 'Gust of Mutts', and 'Haruspex'.

Take the Veil, Cerpin Taxt: A bit different from the origonal De-loused version, it is extended with two segments of synthesized, techno-like swirls of mind expansion. It's blasted with the memmories of the lost Cerpin Taxt, and accompanied by the spine-chiling wails of Cedric-bixler Zavala.

Concertina; From the Ep Tremulent, it is definately an impressive version of the origonal. It is played much faster, but the haunting feel of the song is not deminished because of this. It actually is a little more creepy, because of the echoed voice of Cedric.

Cicatriz; Brilliant. Enough said.

All in all, the Mars Volta has amazed us with their full potential and there are hopefully many projects coming from them that will come out and continue to amaze us all. Although this is an excellent live cd, I urge everyone reading this, to go out and find a Mars Volta concert. There's absolutely nothing like it.

R.I.P. Cerpin Taxt

::CerpinTaxt:: | 5/5 |


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