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2 reviews »I'm starting my day with a little trip down memory lane courtesy of The Mars Volta, who've had some of their albums posthumously reissued by Music On Vinyl (and don't seem too chuffed about it as far as I can tell). After At The Drive-In imploded on the verge of super-stardom, Cedric and Omar's Volta branched out from their old band's taut post-hardcore into a meandering and confusing Santana-meet ... »

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Amputechture by The Mars Volta
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9/10 Mike Staff review, 19 June 2014
I'm starting my day with a little trip down memory lane courtesy of The Mars Volta, who've had some of their albums posthumously reissued by Music On Vinyl (and don't seem too chuffed about it as far as I can tell). After At The Drive-In imploded on the verge of super-stardom, Cedric and Omar's Volta branched out from their old band's taut post-hardcore into a meandering and confusing Santana-meets-King Crimson Latin-metal monster. It was confrontationally difficult to listen to, early live shows would disintegrate into seat-of-the-pants improvisation passages held together mostly by the supernaturally capable musicians the duo had the good sense to surround themselves with - particularly Golden drummer Jon Theodore and keyboardist to the stars Ikey Owens.   After a debut album which used their learning-on-the-job deficiencies to its advantage in a relentless jazz-punk-prog assault, they set out to alienate their old fans yet further with the dark, sprawling and often fairly unlistenable 'Frances The Mute', but it was on their third album 'Amputechture' that they really first seemed like they were relaxing and enjoying themselves.   The squeaky vocals and splattery guitar lines are still very distinctively shrill and will still put a lot of people off, but here for the first time they managed to balance their desire to challenge themselves and their listeners with a playfulness and positive energy that the first two albums often lacked. Plus by this point Omar had honed his axe skills to finally match the precision musicianship of his backing band.   'Viscera Eyes' has an almost Bond-theme-esque feel to its big horn blasts and chunky staccato riffing, there's some sweet prog-jazz sax tooting in 'Meccamputechture'. It is probably their most outright enjoyable album - silly and pompous and vividly colourful, restlessly creative and relentlessly energetic (except a pointless acoustic ballad in the middle). What impresses me most about this one is how even when they're making a right old bruising racket there's something quite light and danceable about it. I reckon this and 'Deloused' are the only Mars Volta records you need, then get started on Omar's much less predictable solo stuff.

9/10 Ross Holloway Customer review, 9th June 2014

For me this is the finest Mar Volta album, the one where they find their best balance between punk, progressive metal, free jazz, over the top guitar solos, and frenzied evocations of Tex-Mex bad-ass psychedelic craziness, with a groove. The cover art is beautiful and every side ends in a pleasing locked groove, that is testament to the group's unrelenting audacity. Never have so many musical wrongs sounded just right.


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