The Mars Volta
the ever ambitious stars of prog tone down the song lengths, amp up the melody & explore different musical territories.
album number 6, written by omar rodriguez-lopez & cedric bixler-zavala is as far reaching & bombastic as any of their previous efforts. philosophical lyrics, time signature jumping musicality & electronic sound trickery that all come to the fore in a barrage of challenging acts ranging from the opening bombast of ‘the whip hand’ to the menacing crawl of ‘the malkin jewel’ punctuated throughout by hypnotic melodies & borderline electro-ambient washes, most notably in the epic ‘in absentia’. “rock’s most fascinating & ambitious work in progress” – nme.
- The Whip Hand
- Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound
- The Malkin Jewel
- In Absentia
- Trinkets Pale of Moon
- Zed and Two Naughts