I dunno, I get that Vigil is poppy but it still has a different feel from Antemasque IMO. Antemasque went full on cheese at some points, whereas I feel like Vigil nods to that but still feels distinctly Volta. I think it’s the vocals more than anything, Cedric’s raspy singing started to annoy me after a while but his singing/melodies here are great. Also I think Vigil is the only song so far that sounds somewhat like Antemasque musically, the other two singles don’t at all
Well, in all fairness they have a fan base that will buy pretty much anything they put out, ESPECIALLY with The Mars Volta name attached. I'm mean shit, this place still exists.
They know a new band name would not be as profitable.
I guess the question is what makes this album a Mars Volta album but Antemasque not?
There were parts of antemasque that were cheesy? Maybe 50k kilowatts but otherwise I mean it’s a fast nasty punk rock type record with FLEA playing on every song. Lot of good tunes on there and loved the off the cuff nature of it, where it seemed like they weren’t constrained by any labels of their other bands. Kind of a great palette cleanser for the ATDI stuff that then came from 2016-2018. And then here we are.
I thought the stadium rock vibe of some of the choruses was kind of cheesy, still dug the album as a whole though