Tremulant EP was just a taster for all of the fans of the Hispanic Mars Volta, and it was succeeded by this LP, which just carried on the sound of that EP. Mars Volta has often been described as a love it or hate it band, something which I can hardly understand, in my opinion they are more of a hit-miss. Some of the cuts on this album are good, and there is no way you can get around that, and I say that not only as a prog rock fan, but purely as a rock’n’roll fan They are not all that consistent, but they are memorable, hence my liking for them. When they rock, they rock, so to speak but sometimes you realize that under all that bombast, some very weak melodies hide. It is difficult to get into the good songs, you have to keep listening for some time, get used to the layers upon layers of sound and the semi-operatic yowl of the thin voiced vocalist. The guitar playing is mostly impeccable courtesy Rodriguez Lopez; the use of the soft-loud dynamic perfectly paced.
As far as this album is concerned, even on repeated listens I am still indifferent to most but these- Son et Lumiere+ Inertiatic Esp (they are one song divided into two), Eriatarka, Televators and Cicatriz. Those are the songs you will love, I guarantee it. Perfect. There is also a concept, which I am not familiar with. The rest of the material is listenable, but not very memorable, and after some time I found myself just listening to what I really liked and ignoring the rest. The thing is, songs like “This Apparatus Must be Unearthed” and “Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt” have the good parts, but they also have the harsh and grating parts where there is more noise and fuss than music. Therefore, recommended, but with the above reservations.
Recommended Songs-Mentioned very clearly in the review itself.
- Baba T
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