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#1 Dandelion

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 05:36 PM

Reviews > The Mars Volta - ‘OCTAHEDRON’
Rating: 8


Though not a huge departure from anything they’ve released previously, The Mars Volta’s new record, their fifth full-length, is a pinnacle release in terms of the struggle that Cedric and co have experienced trying to meet the hype and success of their debut ‘De-Loused In The Comatorium’. Sticking to the proggy rock of which they know best, ‘Octahedron’ is a catchy beast of a record, tracks standing out from the moment you hear them (maybe with the exception of opener ‘Since We’ve Been Wrong’ which starts with several seconds of silence). There’s no ‘Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)’ this time around but there is ‘Cotopaxi’, a prog-rock stomper with more twists and turns than a Milton Keynes roundabout. Other highlights include ‘Teflon’ and ‘Desperate Graves’, both equally ear-punishing and mind-boggling, while the wouldn’t-be-out-of-place-on-a-Muse-record closer ‘Luciforms’ brings the pace back down. Though not as career-refining as their 03 debut, ‘Octahedron’ is certainly stronger than their previous two efforts, perhaps on a par with ‘Frances The Mute’, but how much longer can a band with two members who claimed their previous outfit confined them too much continue to release such similar prog-rock records? All we can do is wait, see and enjoy for now.

For fans of: At The Drive-In, ‘Old Money’



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Posted 23 June 2009 - 05:57 PM

"Beast of a record" lol.

Speaking of beasts - I wonder if coolseeys has even heard Octo yet, or if he's still having jerk-off contests at his "friend's" house...same goes for that douchebag with his dangrously dangerous connections.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 06:22 PM

He dissapeared, that's what the album is about.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 06:37 PM

Very interesting review

but how much longer can a band with two members who claimed their previous outfit confined them too much continue to release such similar prog-rock records?


this is somewhat fascinating

because the band always said each album is something new
but a lot of people, and apparently the writer of this review, find them to be all more of the same.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 07:56 PM

He dissapeared, that's what the album is about.

lol "Let coolseeys burn, let coolseeys burn..."

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 10:38 PM

Very interesting review

but how much longer can a band with two members who claimed their previous outfit confined them too much continue to release such similar prog-rock records?


this is somewhat fascinating

because the band always said each album is something new
but a lot of people, and apparently the writer of this review, find them to be all more of the same.


my friend, the entities known as "music critics" more often than not are truly untrained in music itself.
octahedron is a new sound for tmv for sure. deloused and frances were the most melodic records, and so is octa, thus the comparisons, but in no shape or form does octahedron resemble their first records in terms of technicality, theme, "proggy-ness" and overall sound. its much different imo

regardless, never take a music critics word for it. everyone has a different opinion, but it takes an actual musician to deduce the similarities and contrasts.

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:18 AM

Beign a musician should be a requirement to be a reviewer haha




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