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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

3.52 | 501 ratings

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I swear to god I love these guys to death, but I can't love this monstrosity of an album. The only reason why I'm giving it two stars is because I have much respect for what these guys do. But, come on, this is really annoying crap.

Aberinkula, scared the crap out of me the first time I heard it. It's pretty repetitive but the parts that are played are really awesome. The ending half is mind blowing, filled with Sax solos and Crimson guitar lines. Great song (8.5/10)

Metatron is just a thrashing circle of crap that really annoys me to death each time I hear it. The musicianship it there, but the thinking isn't. (5/10)

Ilyena is pretty funky, I would like it much better without the random beginning and abrupt ending and recommencing. Overall, not bad, but could be much better. (7/10)

Wax Simulacra just blew me away the first I heard it. THIS IS THE MARS VOLTA I REMEMBER! This is the Mars Volta from De-loused! This is the stuff I eagerly waits months to hear from them. I honestly, would have still would have bought the album for this song. It's just amazing. (9/10)

Goliath, is a proggy, funky jam coming straight from the genius of Rodriguez Lopez. Complete with a King Crimson section at 4:00, this song is just great and definitely the epic of this album. One of their best songs. Very crazy and psychedelic. (10/10)

Tourniquet Man...No....Just no... (0/10)

Cavalettas thrashes starihgt at you, I was expecting something a little more creative after the monstrosity that just infiltrated my ears. BUT, I am dissapointed by retarded vocals and an annoying bass line. (4/10)

Agadez is pretty weird, it takes a while for the song to actually get started with a wannabe latin bass line. Which is about the song itself. The song is just more filler. Better than what just preceded it, but not good. (6/10)

Askepios, the only really good song that comes after Goliath. A total acid trip from start to finish. It also breaks halfway for an amazing section that totally blows me through the roof. This song is one of the weirdest songs, but it does the trick. (9/10)

After the last song, I thought maybe perhaps this album could be salvaged, but It appears to me I was very very wrong. I didn't even bother to listen to this. The first little random guitar thing at the start was nice, but then song started. (3/10)

Soothsayer could've been better if they didn't rehash the same riff over and over. It's not bad, I liked the Larks Tonguesy style violins near the ending. It was overall the most promising song from what I heard in the intro, but didn't follow through like I thought it would. (6/10)

Conjugal Burns starts off annoying and really stupid and slow. It's a dopey piece of wannabe music that repulses me to no end. I will never ever listen to this song again. Ever. (0/10)

Basically, it really sounds like the boys from The Mars Volta were trying to rehash what they created with De-Loused, but ultimately failed at it. They've stopped pushing the envelope and started retracting into what was once a creative cucoon of genius writing and great musicianship. I would expect more from these guys. It was a great dissapointment.

Treasure | 2/5 |


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