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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

3.54 | 575 ratings

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Erik Nymas
1 stars Disappointing


Here we are again... more than an hour! Same problem as every band, same problem as their fans grow in numbers: a lot of ''nice, I like it!'' without understanding even a tune. While in this site TMV are signed like Heavy Prog (which is maybe the right category for them), a lot of teens start to listen to this new Metal (they think) group. Vanished the illusion of a full experimental group with the fourth release we get a well rounded formula: long disc (77 minutes this time), shouts, distortions, elecrtonic soundscapes at the beginning...

Main Theme

... and don't forget the everlasting drum-noise. Ok maybe for this album the name is just right: bedlam as nothing here can be considered something like a track: there are too many parts of too many things, from Bixler-Zavala's voice that is a pain for the ears, to the frenzied mayhem of drums! Here we got a sub-par with Day of the Baphomets for the whole album, some songs just repeat themselfs, in a crescendo of frustration and at the end pointless needing of a more and more difficult experimentation (experimentation that doesn't come at all, as said some passages are repeated). Plus as said before we have the same beginning for every song with electronic noises (yep, they are), followed by a non-stop of ''frenzied drum-noise'' that goes on background when the singer start to shout on the microphone or the guitarist plays his instrument! At least something good? Some passages recall the good core from Amputechture but the complete work don't match the nice Octahedron which stands as a witness of this giant mistake. Special mention to Ilyena for the minute of prelude and the minute and 15 seconds of reprise everything in just 5 min and an half!


Since they aren't making experiments with their music beside the disjointed chaos I won't rate the ''fresh new style'' of their music giving here only a poor little star. Why only one? Well... since the only tracks that worth something are Goliath and Soothsayer and they don't match even Day of the Baphomets I don't think there is any apology to give another star.

Erik Nymas | 1/5 |


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