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The Mars Volta


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3.64 | 422 ratings

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4 stars I believe that The Mars Volta is one of most interesting modern heavy prog band. I love their two first albums. And I love Cedric's voice and their chaotic noisy beauty in music as well ( I know there are many of people who hate Cedric's voice, but for them there are plenty of classic voices all around!).

Octahedron is not a usual TMV album. Not really "acoustic" as was advertised, it less complex, less chaotic and most pop-friendly album they recorded till now. I think, many newcomers will be happy with it, for sure it is most accessible. ( I am sorry about Cedric voice, he sings there as usual, so his voice haters wouldn't be happy with this album).

More ballads, more acoustic moments, less spacy synth sounds, not so shocking sound mixing. But it still TMV at all their best and worth. In many moments you can catch their usual melodies and constructions, a bit more polished for that release. Not too many new ideas, not too many experiments, but still sound fresh and interesting.

I feel that TMV trying to find a new direction for their music. After two first masterpieces, they just searching all around for new directions. This album is more transition than the new way.

It will be really interesting, what will be their next album/sound.

snobb | 4/5 |


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