Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Filter-Mag.com have given their "First Impressions" for the upcoming Mars Volta album Octahedron
The Mars Volta
Release Date: 6/23
1. Since We’ve Been Wrong
3. Halo of Nembutals
4. With Twilight As My Guide
6. Desperate Graves
-Octahedron begins with a singular note that makes you think your speakers are broken but then surprisingly, in streams a pleasant and calm guitar intro and Cedric Bixler Zavala’s melancholy voice crooning on about what seems like lost love mixed in metaphors of time and distance. “Since We’ve Been Wrong” is a mellow Mars Volta treat.
-“Cotopaxi” shows the band’s punk roots while mixing wah-wahs and distortions with moody catchy chants that would make prog rockers grin from ear to ear.
-Just because Octahedron is more placid than past Mars Volta albums doesn’t mean there isn’t room for sweet, sweet solos. “Desperate Graves” ends with a slow electric guitar solo, while "Luciforms" starts with drive-by guitar sounds that lead to a more than decent solo towards the end, blending into a sea of keys and drums.
“Since We’ve Been Wrong,” “Cotopaxi,” "Luciforms"
While Mars Volta may consider Octahedron their "acoustic" album, it is far from traditional acoustics: i.e. there are electrics! There are actually so many intricacies in this record, it's hard to just listen once.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 11:52 PM