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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

4.07 | 1007 ratings

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Eskil H
5 stars This is: metal, symphonic, psychedelic, free jazz, krautrock, latino, cabaret music, ambient, Darmstadt school and whatever else I forgot to mention! Truly progressive music, King Crimson ca 71-73 an obvious reference, but definitely up to date, yet timeless and unique. Does that sound like a contradiction? Well, it sounds very modern to me, but I still think people will listen to this in twenty years from now, and beyond.

If you're into modern heavy prog like Porcupine Tree you might like this, but it is weirder, uglier (that is not meant as criticism!) and definitely more avant garde. If you're into the softer side of prog you might think that it's to high-strung and speeded. It is music that points in many different directions and demands serious listening.

Several previous contributors have delved deeper into the individual tracks; I just want to point out that it is really just one long suite: for example, the theme of track number five reappears in track number twelve.

This said, I think The Mars Volta should properly be filed under "Eclectic Prog", even if "Heavy Prog" is by no means incorrect.

Eskil H | 5/5 |


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