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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

4.07 | 1006 ratings

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3 stars 3.4/5.0

A good album, but in now way a masterpiece. Intense, active, urgent, is how I would describe this work. Great vocals, agressive percussions/guitars, inspiring moods and atmospheres. That said, it is also messy, with too much electronic noise/ distortion/filling and there is not a good flow; every time a good ambiance or tempo is created it seems some experimentation will destroy it later. A good example is " Famine pulse" which starts as a really great active song with active guitar and ends in electronic distortion, completely wasting the climax it created. One could say it was wanted, but I just can't listen to this album from beginning to the end because such inconsistence bores me.

That said, still a good, but not essential album. 3.4/5.0

belz | 3/5 |


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