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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

4.20 | 1329 ratings

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Erik Nymas
5 stars You should have seen...

Updated in 06/20/11 to match my personal review structure with an improvement (see below), enjoy :)


Let's start from the improvement: previous review focused in what the disc had to offer, now I want to talk in more detali about it. Before I made the comparision between this album and Fripp's ProjeKcts, what a mistake! Cedric Bixler-Zavala & Omar Rodriguez-Lopez founded this group recordin this disc after a live tour where they used to play some improvvisations and this was the main reason beyond the compare.

Main Theme

Apart from the meaning of the songs, and forget about the explaination of the various musical passages: the whole thing is really frustrating even if someone can appreciate the work from a reviewer maybe after 400+ someone who talks about what the music do in the album isn't quite in theme. Anyway the whole album brings with him some fresh air in the prog scene, and while TMV are tagged as Heavy Prog, their music isn't so simple to understand: the experimentations from the live dates evolved in a complex carpet of music which shows himself mostly in the first five tracks, while from Eriatarka to the end we got a more ''common'' sound (still we got a lot of soundscapes movements), just to focus the attention of the listener in the comcept and the tragic suicide of Cerpin Taxt.


The first time I've given to this De-louses 4 stars, the reason was simple: I had in mind the comparision which I was talking at the beginning of this review, after a lot of time I've came up with the conclusion that 5 stars is a more appropiate rating and the excellent work from this group is a masterpiece of music!

Erik Nymas | 5/5 |


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