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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

3.52 | 524 ratings

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4 stars The Mars Volta is never boring, isn't it? And usually they don't record music for romance. This album is one more confirmation that I'm right.

Look at all these reviews with one or five stars! At least, it means that they aren't boring again!

I like their two first albums, and I think, that if you like their way of thinking/doing music, you wouldn't be disappointed with "Bedlam ... " as well. I am tired to read again and again that some listeners are shocked by their noise attacks or hate Cedric's voice. Understandable. I know many people who prefer Big Mac against spicy half roasted steak. Understandable, it's just question of taste.

Any way, if you prefer mellow romantic prog with symphonic arrangements and pseudo- Gabriel voice, better forget about The Mars Volta at all. For sure, this album wouldn't sound too much pleasant for you. But if you like storm, ideas, energy, nerves and sound of breaking glass, welcome to the club.

The album in fact is different from predecessors: much more structurized, without long and deep psychedelic ambient trips, with very fast guitar/synth rhythm. Kind of controlled explosion.

But again, I am sure you wouldn't be bored till sleep ( if you will survive this album till the end). More metallic, a bit more "normal" ( in metal sense of normality), but very technically excellent and interesting, as usual with TMV.

snobb | 4/5 |


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