The Mars Volta: Octahedron

~ Tuesday, 30 June 2009
This is the bands fifth studio album and is one of their most enjoyable to date, although die hard fans may not agree. While still able to rock out with the best of them, it also shows a more mellow side, reflective even. One thing you can always expect from these guys is the unexpected.

The opener Since We've Been Wrong seems to be put there to lull you into a false sense of security as it is a delicate ballad of some beauty, but the serenity is shattered as track 2 kicks in. Teflon is a psychedelic workout that is more what the band is known for.

Cotopaxi is a riff laden beast and one of the stand outs on an impressive album.

Copernicus mellows thing down again and really is a beautiful song. Throughout the album vocalist Cedric Bixler Zavala's falsetto vocals soar when required and have a tenderness on the more mellow tracks.

The music has a beguiling nature to it with subtle complexities that really is a trademark of this pioneering Los Angeles band. This is an album worth having in your collection.

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