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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

3.53 | 530 ratings

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3 stars Someone has finally returned them their vitamines!

After two questionable albums like FtM and Ampu (sorry for prog slang!) TMV cut their songs to satisfying listenable length like on their debut and dropped some nice tunes in them -even catchy dare I say! Tracks like ''Ilyena'', ''Aberinkula'', ''Goliath'' and some bits of other tracks may serve as a good example for beginners in experimental composing. TMV won't jump over their heads with this release, their debut is still the most captivating album of them (at least for me), but ''Bedlam...'' is no way a mediocre album, it's just less balanced and too uneven. ''Wax Simulacra'' is worst choise for single ever made in Prog, and ''Soothsayer'' based around one oriental riff lasts for criminally too long 9 minutes (where's your diversity here, Omar & Cedric?). Anyway, this album brings some hopes for a better continuation (or should I say a sequel?), and I won't tag TMV as the band that WAS once great. They still do kick some serious...thing :) Recommended!

Prog-jester | 3/5 |


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