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Formed in 2001 after the demise of hard-rock outfit AT THE DRIVE-IN, THE MARS VOLTA was put together by ex-AT THE DRIVE-IN members Cedric Bixler (vocals) and Omar Rodriguez (guitar). Those two then recruited Juan Alderete on bass, Ikey Owens on keyboard, and Jon Theodore on drums, as well as Jeremy Ward, who contributed sound effects. While other ex-AT THE DRIVE-IN members continued on the path of their predecessor with punk/emo band SPARTA, THE MARS VOLTA expanded the sound that they had previously forged, venturing often into extended explosions of free jazz and psychedelic jamming throughout their songs. That said, they still stayed true to their roots as a hard rock band, and while they are listed as art-rock, they could fit under several different genres. Their debut was 2002's "Tremulant" EP, but their reputation was built over their staggering live shows. The group received recognition opening for the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, as bassist Flea proclaimed them to be the best opener he'd ever had. However, not all was well. Ward died from a drug overdose on May 25th, 2003. The band continued on without him though, and their first full-length album "De-Loused in the Comatorium" was released two months later. This brooding record is a concept album about the band's friend Julio Venegas, who went into a coma and experienced amazing things. However, he then snapped out and couldn't take the return to reality, proceeding to take his own life.

At this point the band has three studio albums out and it's certainly worth checking out. However, if you aren't a fan of louder music, steer clear of them. They may have evolved beyond AT THE DRIVE-IN, but they still show hints of that hardcore/punk style that they had previously mastered, and this may bother some people. The vocals are also a bit over the top, and could easily scare some people off. They make some very good music though, and it should appeal to most prog fans.

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4.22 | 968 ratings
De-Loused In The Comatorium
2003
4.05 | 728 ratings
Frances The Mute
2005
3.86 | 462 ratings
Amputechture
2006
3.47 | 432 ratings
The Bedlam In Goliath
2008
3.65 | 346 ratings
Octahedron
2009
3.68 | 259 ratings
Noctourniquet
2012

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3.35 | 35 ratings
The Mars Volta - Live
2003
2.80 | 88 ratings
Scab Dates
2005

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3.24 | 98 ratings
Tremulant
2002
3.58 | 17 ratings
Televators
2003
2.83 | 16 ratings
Inertiatic ESP
2003
3.79 | 41 ratings
The Widow
2005
3.31 | 22 ratings
L'Via L'Viaquez
2005
3.29 | 26 ratings
A Missing Chromosome
2005
4.26 | 30 ratings
Frances the Mute - Single
2005
3.21 | 10 ratings
Viscera Eyes
2006
2.68 | 16 ratings
Wax Simulacra
2007
2.83 | 14 ratings
Candy And A Currant Bun
2008
3.16 | 20 ratings
Cotopaxi
2009
3.44 | 27 ratings
The Malkin Jewel
2012

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 Noctourniquet by MARS VOLTA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.68 | 259 ratings

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Noctourniquet
The Mars Volta Heavy Prog

Review by Billy Pilgrim

5 stars What an excellent offering from The Mars Volta. While their work was arguably getting repetitious and dull in Bedlam, they changed their style quite drastically and released a more acoustic, quite and accessible release with Octahedron, that album suffered from having some filler, and some unfinished ideas, it felt uneven and unmotivated at times, but Noctourniquet perfects the ideas in Octahedron, and expands on them. This time on top of the acoustic less heavy style, the music has evolved, and it has an industrial feel to it, akin to NIN, so different from anything they've released but still totally Volta. Hardly any filler, beautiful melodies, great release, highly recommended.

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 Octahedron by MARS VOLTA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.65 | 346 ratings

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Review by bloodnarfer

4 stars More melody, less dense, less cocaine.

Octahedron is a unique release. This is a reletively sparse, mellow, and mature TMV and their most impressive album since De-Loused. Gone is the "Everything in the kitchen sink" approach of previous releases, and what we have is something akin to Televators and it is a great step. Octahedron is much more vocal focused than before, but that's fine because Cedric is in good form. The playing is just as great as we would expect from TMV, only more focused.

From the opening track Since We've Been Wrong, I knew greatness was coming. How can a fevered high-energy band such as TMV begin a song with a 1 1/2 minute long note? A gorgeous and careful guitar picks across each vocal phrase as the song begins. Have you ever heard Cedric sound so delicate and longing as when he says "Since you've been wrong"? The song swells and calms with keys dabbling between verses. And the payoff begins as soon as the drums pound into existance. Solid start to the album.

The stand out tracks for me here are Halo of Nembutals and With Twilight as My Guide for reasons TMV usually does not impress with. Halo has a great rhythmic and ambient intro as Cedric sings a few sparsely accompanied phrases. He sounds great even without the music behind him. It is an obvious tension as you wait for the sound to slam in. The vocals and drums seem to be the lead players as they carry this song from beginning to end. Guitars and keys provide chords and twisted tones in the background. This song is vocal focused which is unusal for TMV and superb.

Next we have With Twilight as My Guide which is an 8 minute song with no drums . And its wonderful and evocative. Cedric contributes his most beautiful vocals to date. (Who knew this guy could sing beautifully?) Its is sad and soft and interesting all at the same time. Omars strums lightly under the vocals as synths provide background chords and oscillations. They did a fantastic work of engineering this song, particulary in the vocal choruses where they hit that "sweet spot".

Luciforms begins with a 1 1/2 tensioned organ-like intro as the bass comes in to bounce between octaves. Enjoyable guitar work by Omar throughout. The songs manages to catch some of the franticness of past releases while still maintaining the "sparse" feel of this album. Its a dark song and a lot of fun.

What we have is a return to grace for The Mars Volta. They have matured and grown on this album. A different, fresh, and inciteful work and their best since De-Loused. An excellent addition to any prog rock music collection, 4/5 stars.

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 De-Loused In The Comatorium by MARS VOLTA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.22 | 968 ratings

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Review by siegese7en

5 stars Its because this is?? 5/5

If you're looking for unique and a top class prog rock album, De-Loused in Comatorium comes in the forefront of that list. It is the best work The Mars Volta have ever put out. The genius mind of Omar Rodrigues Lopez is in full flow here. He must be one of the best prog rock guitarists of 2000s. To combine acidic, retro, complex, melodic music at the same time must require some unique talent which TMV have plenty in tandem. Everything from guitar bass, drums and the synthesizers are so uniquely blended together that most bands do not even come close to what TMV are able to put across in a single song let alone the whole album. How are they able to make such a cohesive music out of all the combinations that I mentioned above is a question that always amuses me. The music is hypnotic at times.

The album starts with a really tense and sharp intro 'Son et Lumiere' and continues to 'Iniertiatic ESP' and like the name suggests the song gets stronger as it progresses. Starting with a very intense melody, the song builds into something really great during its middle parts. If only you listen to the riffs that Omar plays in the song along with excellent drumming, the uniqueness of this album must be crystal clear to your ears. 'Roulette Dares (The Haunt of)' follows which is one of the best TMV songs ever. From starting riff it feels like a real classic. The verses and chorus are at their melodic best and the chorus part where Cedric Bixler-Zaval yells "Exoskeleton junction at the railroad delayed" remains in your head forever once you hear the song. The instrumental part after the chorus with intense drumming of different kind and a long guitar solo is even better and the song flows in the same vein throughout with a superb ending. This is a song which represents Mars Volta on top of their game. An interlude follows in the name of 'Tira Me a las Aranas'. Then another magnificent song follows in 'Drunkship of Lanterns' which starts with a percussion domination. Their Mexican origin in brilliant incorporated in this song with Mexican style percussion and guitar. The song is also brilliant because of the unique atmosphere it leaves on the listener. In the next song 'Eriatarka' they showcase their way of starting with a very slow melody and building it into an intense hard rock part to slow parts back and forth again and again. The tempo and time signature changes in this song are something really to behold and for me this song is one of the best example of use of synthesizer in TMV's music. The next song 'Cicatriz'is again a descent song that almost starts off with almost hip-hop style beat but soon leaves TMV stamp on it with constant tempo changes, awesome background guitar lead and awesome drumming. The middle section of the song is full show-off of their synthesizer skill but it was one moment in the album where I was put off. The song makes up for that in later section with a melodic over the top solo and an awesome ending. Another great song follws in 'This Apparatus Must be Unearthed' which again consists of all the goods that TMV can deliver. The one song that surprised me the most 'Televators' then comes next which is a full ballad. This song again showcases the musicianship and songwriting skills that are on show with the use of banjo as percussion and is a slap on the face of those who complain TMV being less melodic, more annoying and all that. The final song 'Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt' is a fitting end to the album which again is more than a descent song.

So this is a pure gem of modern progressive rock music and if you are also a fan of unique prog rock albums like me, this is a must have with The Mars Volta at their freaking best.

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 Frances The Mute by MARS VOLTA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.05 | 728 ratings

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The Mars Volta Heavy Prog

Review by Knapitatet

5 stars The Mars Volta was probably the most important new Prog Band of the 00's. Finally there was a band that could write songs that stretched out for 15 minutes, play in odd time signatures, create some of the most esoteric lyrics you are likely to hear in modern rock and still recieve some mainstream attention. Most importantly they were resonsible for showing kids like me that there was more going on in Rock N Roll in those days than either Jack White or Two-Bit Metal band no. 511! "Frances The Mute" is for my money, The Mars Voltas magnum opus. On this album they succeded with creating what they failed to do on "Deloused In The Comatorium" (also an amazing album) and that is proper dynamics. Roughly speaking, the album can be said to follow a pattern: Two peices of fiery Heavy Metal and two beautiful soft songs, all connected with ambient passages that finally leads up to the 32 minute nuclear war of an album finisher: Cassandra Gemini, wich combines the moods of the rest of the album brilliantly. The ambient sections that i mentioned has been a controversial topic for many, and one of the reasons why many people choose "Deloused" over this one as The Volta's best album. But i think that they are beautifully directed with the horn section deserving special praise (in fact the horn playing for all of this album is superb.) I appreciate the more than i do the extended instrumental jams of latter albums. Thats all i am going to say on this topic. A true masterpiece.

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 Noctourniquet by MARS VOLTA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.68 | 259 ratings

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Review by EatThatPhonebook
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3 stars 6/10

Decently Enjoyable, But Not The Ending This Band Deserves.

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Nocturniquet is the Mars Volta's sixth studio LP, as well as their last. Not the strongest ending such a great and innovating band could have accomplished, which makes it even more of a disappointment the fact that the band now seizes to exist. Nevertheless, it was good to see the band going for a more straightforward, song-oriented direction, which as consequence requires more focus on the songwriting. And the band hasn't lost much of their talent, both in the above mentioned department as well as in the musicianship one, because it's obvious these artists are still technical beasts when it comes to deliver solid instrumentation. The group can still pull great songs such as the opener 'The Whip Hand', 'Lapochka', the more soothing 'Empty Vessels Make The Loudest Sound', and overall, a pretty solid, concise, and focused album that, although not thoroughly enjoyable all the way through, is satisfying as a whole.

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 De-Loused In The Comatorium by MARS VOLTA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.22 | 968 ratings

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Review by zeqexes

5 stars 5/5 I recently picked up The Mars Volta's first studio album, De-Loused in the Comatorium, and have not stopped listening to it since. My first TMV album was Frances the Mute, which I also love. De-Loused has had more of an instant effect on me, whereas FtM took me a bit longer to appreciate.

It is instantly obvious after listening that the members of the band are very skilled in their playing. The drums really stand out, and blow me away each time I listen. The song-writing talent is also very strong.

This album contains a little bit of outside influence from other genres such as Latin and electronic (but not nearly as much as what's explored on Frances the Mute). This makes for a unique and captivating experience. After listening to this album, if it's a bit too 'safe' for you, then try FtM.

The lyrics are quite odd abstract (something I was used to after Frances). Inertiatic ESP features lyrics such as: Last night I heard lepers Flinch like birth defects Its musk was fecal in origin As the words dribbled of its chin The lyrics suit the mysterious and foreign sound of the music very well.

The album is remarkably consistent, with not a weak track. However, stand out tracks for me include: Son Et Lumiere, Inertiatic ESP, Roulette Dares and Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt. Televators is another great song, with a strong hook and a quieter feel than the rest of the album. "Take the Veil?" is the most adventurous song on the album, and gives a taste of what's to come on following albums by this band.

My overall view of this album is a fantastic debut by a fantastic band. Anyone who hasn't heard it should check it out immediately.

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 Noctourniquet by MARS VOLTA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.68 | 259 ratings

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Noctourniquet
The Mars Volta Heavy Prog

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Noctourniquet" is the 6th full-length studio album by US experimental/progressive rock act The Mars Volta. The album was released through Warner Bros. in March 2012. The album was created under a bit of turmoil, as main composer/guitarist Omar Rodriguez- Lopez and lead vocalist/lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala had an argument over the creative process. Most of the instrumental parts for the album were already recorded in 2009, shortly after mixing "Octahedron (2009)" but when Omar Rodriguez-Lopez approached Cedric Bixler-Zavala about recording the vocals for the album, the latter demanded a timeout. He simply didn't feel ready or inspired to work on vocals/lyrics for the album at that point. While it didn't exactly suit Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and his busy restless nature (which is well documented in the way he releases several solo albums a year), Cedric Bixler-Zavala was given room and space to breathe. After a couple of years he returned to the studio to record the vocals for the album.

The music on "Noctourniquet" is as always a experimental rock and a new adventurous chapter in the discography of The Mars Volta. Few bands on today's music scene are as adventurous and boundary bending as The Mars Volta. They always set out to create an album that doesn't sound like the last one, and that's admirable IMO. Sometimes they focus a bit too much on experimentation instead of focusing on some of the otherwise beautiful melodies they also write, but when those two elements go hand in hand these guys produce magic. A track like "Lapochka" stands out as an example of that. Examples of the more "frustrating" tracks to my ears are "The Whip Hand" and "In Absentia".

The musicianship is as usual on a very high level. The band are tight and at times virtuosic. Cedric Bixler-Zavala sings varied and with passion. His high pitched singing style is applied to the music in the right doses.

"Noctourniquet" is a bit of a mixed bag to my ears. Too much of the album drown in "over the top" experimental guitar/keyboard layers, odd rythms and memorability and accessibility suffer from it. There are still some beautifully crafted melodies on the album but too often it sounds like the at times abrasive instrumental parts of the music aren't sensible to the more delicate vocal parts. The Mars Volta have always made busy music and that's of course part of their appeal to fans of experimental rock, but I prefer when they are a bit more restrained. Even those moments aren't completely convincing everytime either though. The parts where they strike the right balance still makes "Noctourniquet" an intriguing and enjoyable album though and I'd say a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved. It's not their best by a long shot though.

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 Noctourniquet by MARS VOLTA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.68 | 259 ratings

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Noctourniquet
The Mars Volta Heavy Prog

Review by Neu!mann
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3 stars It pains me to say it, but one of the most uncompromising bands on Earth apparently no longer wants to scare the bejesus out of unwary listeners. This is the first album from The Mars Volta that can arguably be called dispensable, and for a group so famously unpredictable that may well be the most unexpected criticism ever.

The album reportedly had a difficult genesis, with tracks begun but then shelved for the better part of three (!) years, before a commitment was made to wrap it all up. So it's hardly surprising that the original impetus was lost, and it shows. Songs like 'In Absentia', 'Lapochka' and the aptly titled 'Dyslexicon' give the impression that the left hand of the band was working at cross-purposes to the right.

Stylistically the album continues a trend toward shorter songs, almost but (thankfully) not quite conventional in structure and delivery. What's missing is the collaborative passion of earlier efforts, and (with a few worthwhile exceptions) the memorable hooks. The haunting ballad 'Trinkets Pale of Moon' is a standout; also the beautifully named 'Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound'. And 'The Malkin Jewel', the first single culled from the album, is an obvious highlight, although for whatever odd reason the song reminds me of the '80s goth rockers Bauhaus (circa 'She's In Parties'). Vocally, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Peter Murphy are, if not exactly twins, at least long-lost second cousins switched at birth.

An unstable personnel roster didn't help the project, either. New drummer Deantoni Parks is the most audible weak link, although I'm certainly not trying to cast him as a scapegoat. His clunky, drunken, off-kilter rhythms perfectly compliment a song like 'The Malkin Jewel', but elsewhere throughout the album his efforts were politely camouflaged by lots of studio alchemy, and probably for good reason.

No surprise there: The Mars Volta has always dressed its music in the latest (and often most garish) state-of-the-art wardrobe. But the more calculated psychedelia of 'Noctourniquet' lacks the sometimes volcanic creativity erupting from their other albums. The idiosyncrasies here seem oddly forced and artificial, imposed on the material after the fact to hide the wrinkles in master tapes already three years out of date.

Maybe the album's title is entirely fitting. Or maybe, after a handful of wildly energetic albums, the band simply burned itself out. Perfectly understandable, after the auto-da-fé of 'The Bedlam inGoliath' in 2008...it just took a couple of albums for the ashes to finally settle. But don't count them out too soon; there might still be a phoenix in their future.

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 Noctourniquet by MARS VOLTA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.68 | 259 ratings

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Noctourniquet
The Mars Volta Heavy Prog

Review by arcane-beautiful

5 stars This album has been in the foetal stages for a while now. Apparently according to the band, there where a lot of arguments over when this album should be released. In fact this album could have been released a lot early, but after disputes from the band...they decided to take their time with this album...and I'm glad they did.

This album is really one of the bands best achievements. Being very much inspired by Krautrock, the band adopted a more free and experimental sound...now this is true, but even so, all I could think whilst listening to this album is that even though it has a lot more eclectic and art rock styles, the bands songwriting and musicianship has seemed to improve.

While there last album, Octahedron was more of a straight forward album, this album seems to have a similar style, but with more experimentations. And it really works. The songwriting style has improved, with the standard strophic structure being used within the songs, but a lot more interesting musical ornaments are added to the songs.

Lyrically at times, they seem a lot more defined and normal, but with hints of odd metaphors and creative language. The album, being a concept album really does add to the tone of the album, especially the way the songs all roll into each other. Vocally, Cedric really shows off how versatile his voice is on this album, and proves that he is not just a one trick pony.

Instrumentally, the band have ditched the horns and the jazzy instruments for more synths, keyboards and a lot more odd instrumentation. The guitar playing has also seemed to be a lot let less flashy and more straight to the point.

1. The Whip Hand ? What an amazing way to start off an album. You think it's going nowhere, and it just explodes in your face. Quite anthemic, and the dirty keyboard sounds rule. 10/10

2. Aegis ? Another quite anthemic song with a bit of a slower tempo. One of the more easier accessible songs. 9/10

3. Dyslexicon ? One of the more eclectic songs on the album. I love the use of spoken word in the song. One of the albums more dramatic moments. 8/10

4. Empty Vessels Make The Loudest Sound ? Ok, now this song surprised me. Usually when the Volta do a ballad type song, there is still a very eclectic and usually eerie nature behind it, but on this track, it's just very beautiful, with no real eerie moments. Beautiful arrangement. 10/10

5. The Malkin Jewel ? The albums single, and the song that really grabbed my attention. Very Tom Waits sounding, with some clangy guitars and thumping drums, and some very evil lyrics too. The ending is quite beautiful too. 10/10

6. Lapochka ? An amazing song with some great catchy moments. Love the use of electronics and synths. 10/10

7. In Absentia ? Ok...now this song takes a while to get used to. At the start I was thinking, "this is very noisy." I mean it was pretty enough and had some nice slow melodies, but the song was really just a bit too noisy, and the vocals sounded like they where recorded through a Sega Mega Drive. Then it gets to the end of the song...then the song makes sense. Give this song a listen till the end. If you turn it off, you will regret it. 9/10

8. Imago ? One of the more catchier songs on the album. It seems the shorter songs really do make the biggest impact. 9/10

9. Molochwalker ? A return to the older Volta sound. Great chorus and some great instrumentation and virtuoustic passages. It's good to hear them retracing their steps. 9/10

10. Trinkets Pale Of Moon ? A very eerie acoustic song. Very reminiscent of Asilos Magdelana. The electronic sounds also add to the eerie nature of the song. 9/10

11. Vedemalady ? Another slow and more relaxing song. This is probably one of the more meditative moments on the album. A very relaxing song. 9/10

12. Noctourniquet ? Who is Solmon? Now that is the question. A great song with some cool instrumentation. 9/10

13. Zed & 2 Naughts ? The drumming in this song is pretty intense and crazy. Love the chorus...mainly cause my name is said in the song, and turns out I'm a saint. 10/10

CONCLUSION: Definitely their best album since Amputechture. This album is a different step and direction for the band, and it proved that these guys can only get more and more exciting musically. Hopefully there next album won't take as long to make.

8.8/10

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 Frances The Mute by MARS VOLTA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.05 | 728 ratings

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Frances The Mute
The Mars Volta Heavy Prog

Review by Rodrigo Progressive

5 stars Frances The Mute - Masterpiece. 5*

"No there's no light, In the darkest of your furthest reaches "

The first Mars Volta album was something incredible,one of the albums I respect the most and then I listened to Frances The Mute and I could see a evolution/progression on every respective elements of the band! Well the construction has a high level of musicianship that is off the hook! The all composition of this album makes me feel happy and know that we really have good musicians on this "modern era",well let's start the review!

1- Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus: The album starts with this prologue of 13 minutes,a psychedelic song and a song that Cedric has strongly harsh vocals! incredible one! 9/10

2- The Widow: The most or one of the most famous songs of TMV,I'm talking about a incredible soulfull ballad with a malignant feeling! This is also (on the composition of the album) a rest from the first track and a opening for one more big track of TMV. 9/10

3-L'vi L'viaquez: IMO the most vibrant song of TMV and one of my favorites,we are talking about a masterpiece that lenght's 12 minutes!Featuring awesome spanish lyrics and returning to english,also mexican sounds on the mix. so good. 10/10

4-Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore: Very boring track,I dislike this one but this song helps the construction of the album resting one more time and opening a triad 4/10

5-Cassandra Gemini: One of my favorite songs of this album! I always feel so good to ear this song, it was the power to give me good feelings 9/10

6-Tarantism: The continuation of Cassandra Gemini,starting with a incredible solo by Omar Rodriguez and ending up with a amazing psychedelic vibe 9/10

7-Plant A Nail In The Navel Stream: The end of the triad,starting up on a relax sound that goes embracing a crazy tone. Interesting song 8/10

8-Famine Pulse: When the triad ends,we start a resting and relaxing part of the album, with 3 songs being the first Famine Pulse. 6/10

9-Pisacis (Phra-men-ma): Instrumental track,groove,relaxing and psycho are the adjectives to this one 6/10

10-Con Safo: What? incredible!!! this is a jazz song from nowhere ! Terrazas and his great skills on the sax gave a magnificant jam with everything...astonishing. 9/10

11-Multiple Spouse Wounds: "No There is no light! In darkest of your furthest reaches" it's the phrase that opens this song and the most important of the album! short and very good song 9/10

12-Sarchoghagi: This is the last 54 seconds of the first track of the album and in a consequence is the epilogue of the album. 5/19

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