The Mars Volta album news
2012-01-17 by Kris. | 147 Comments

Progressive rock group The Mars Volta will release their 6th studio album, Noctourniquet, on March 27th. The track listing as well as the album artwork can be seen on their website.

http://www.themarsvolta.com/splash/

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fsharptrit0ne
January 17th 2012

4814 Comments


13 songs nice.

Timmons
January 17th 2012

561 Comments


YAY

johnnyblaze
January 17th 2012

2595 Comments


Nice! Gimme a song to chew on in the meantime!

Timmons
January 17th 2012

561 Comments


a song called in absentia?

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2012

21574 Comments


I thought that album title was a joke when I first heard it.
Artwork is ok. Octahedron's artwork was pretty amazing

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Kris.
January 17th 2012

12146 Comments


should be super duper if its nothing like octahedron and more like de-loused or frances or lets be honest anything they've ever made other than octahedron

someguest
January 17th 2012

20252 Comments


uhhkris don't stop dragging the lake

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Kris.
January 17th 2012

12146 Comments


only good song on that album FACT

Flyboy
January 17th 2012

394 Comments


Fuck ye!

fsharptrit0ne
January 17th 2012

4814 Comments


yea octa was okay, their worst album by far. digging the song titles a lot

johnnyblaze
January 17th 2012

2595 Comments


lol do you know what they mean?

DeafMetal
January 17th 2012

8584 Comments


nice

fsharptrit0ne
January 17th 2012

4814 Comments


nah but that's part of volta's charm.

taxidermist
January 17th 2012

7195 Comments


S-s-s-s-s-stoooooooooooooooooooooooooked.

johnnyblaze
January 17th 2012

2595 Comments


lol agreed. they're so progressive you need a dictionary. and sometimes even that doesn't suffice. tmv are beyond words and language and all that fickle shit.

Attis
January 17th 2012

333 Comments


shit band

taxidermist
January 17th 2012

7195 Comments


^omg so edgy

Attis
January 17th 2012

333 Comments


i mean they suck

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2012

7140 Comments


GIMME DAT CORPSE PLS.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 17th 2012

10585 Comments


THE ONE THAT TORE NIGHTLY

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 17th 2012

10585 Comments


also, Octahedron was fucking awesome

Scoot
January 17th 2012

17678 Comments


nice

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2012

7140 Comments


also, Octahedron was fucking awesome [2]

How can anyone disagree with "Cotopaxi", "Teflon", "Halo of Nembutals", "With Twilight As My Guide", and "Since We've Been Wrong"?

Kris.
January 17th 2012

12146 Comments


easily

4/5 of those suck

DoubtGin
January 17th 2012

6748 Comments


lol

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2012

7140 Comments


Out of curiosity, which one of the five tracks didn't suck for you mate?

Kris.
January 17th 2012

12146 Comments


cotopaxi

but to be fair i don't remember any of the rest because cotopaxi is the only good song on that album

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2012

21574 Comments


I'm climbing Cotopaxi this summer

WeepingBanana
January 17th 2012

10043 Comments


best part about the new mars volta album?

FUCKIN' HANSON REVIEW

steventon
January 17th 2012

152 Comments


this and meshuggah album on the same day? gonna be a good day

BigHans
January 17th 2012

26455 Comments


Gonna suck so hard

Tyrael
January 17th 2012

20725 Comments


no u

Hep Kat
January 17th 2012

14995 Comments


who cares


at the drive-in is back together

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2012

21574 Comments


My expert detective skills tell me that this sounds like it might have a nighttime/sci-fi/spacey vibe

fuckthatnoise
January 17th 2012

1479 Comments


cotopaxi

but to be fair i don't remember any of the rest because cotopaxi is the only good song on that album


lol

its funny cause cotopaxi was far and away the worst song on the album

fuckin stoked for this btw.

Taxt
January 17th 2012

609 Comments


Can't fuckin wait

SteveRogers
January 17th 2012

187 Comments


I'll have to make sure to buy lots of cough medicine to drink while I listen to it.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2012

3327 Comments


also, Octahedron was fucking awesome [3]

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Urinetrouble
January 17th 2012

5754 Comments


fucking m/

Yazz_Flute
January 17th 2012

18764 Comments


The album art is pretty rad. The track names too.

I'm not sure what to expect from the music, though.

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Hospital
January 17th 2012

2011 Comments


who cares


at the drive-in is back together [2]

fuckthatnoise
January 17th 2012

1479 Comments


i really, really hope this is amazing. that album cover screams "ICONIC".

also, Octahedron was fucking awesome [4]

fsharptrit0ne
January 17th 2012

4814 Comments


yea i was just thinking the same thing about the cover

paxman
January 17th 2012

4084 Comments


Octahedron was good. Those who think otherwise are just butthurt because they don't like change.

UnnamedOcean
January 17th 2012

3950 Comments


Octahedron wasn't bad, but I'd love to hear a more energetic sound with some post-hardcore influence like a lot of De-Loused.

fuckthatnoise
January 17th 2012

1479 Comments


they've been playing a lot of these songs live for a while now, so youtube away.

based on what i've heard, it seems like they're trying to add a post-punk element into their sound. i remember The Whip Hand, Aegis, and that Trinkets song being particularly promising.

johnnyblaze
January 17th 2012

2595 Comments


Octahedron wasn't bad, but I'd love to hear a more energetic sound with some post-hardcore influence like a lot of De-Loused. [2]


figure337
January 17th 2012

420 Comments


They played some of these songs live a few months back. Here's a few.

Whip Hand:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEUg9UkeM5I&feature=related

Aegis:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPStSKaAS8k&feature=related

dyslexicon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja99j4zTakM&feature=related

The Malkin Jewel:
pt. 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7WVtxUnQko&feature=related

Pt.2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4W3md854HU&feature=related

Trinkets Pale the moon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGEPSyuSu2Y&feature=related

Molochwalker:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwmXi_9yCeg&feature=related


fsharptrit0ne
January 17th 2012

4814 Comments


if that post punk thing is true, it should rule m/

Veldin
January 17th 2012

1060 Comments


I'm really hoping this is more enjoyable for me than Octahedron was. Has that song being featured on MLB 12 been released? Also, I'm not impressed by the artwork for this album, which is surprising because I've enjoyed most of their discography's artwork.

figure337
January 17th 2012

420 Comments


Don't bother looking anywhere else, those are the best quality.

acorncheese
January 17th 2012

7119 Comments


also, Octahedron was fucking awesome [whateverthecountisat]

fuck you kris

UnnamedOcean
January 17th 2012

3950 Comments


Goddamn holy fucking shit, Cedric got a hair cut.

Firestarter
January 17th 2012

276 Comments


This and Meshuggah both released on my birthday! Can't wait :D

captaincrunch11
January 17th 2012

1198 Comments


Hanson review

WeepingBanana
January 17th 2012

10043 Comments


lol The Mars Volta live

theacademy
January 17th 2012

28232 Comments


octahedron was so much better than bedlam its not even funneh

johnnyblaze
January 17th 2012

2595 Comments


wrong

patroneyes
January 17th 2012

1919 Comments


psyched only because of fuckin DEANTONI PARKS on the kit

acorncheese
January 17th 2012

7119 Comments


i fucking love bedlam. to death.

UnnamedOcean
January 17th 2012

3950 Comments


The live songs certainly feel more like the whole band wrote them. You can tell Omar didn't have a gun to their heads for this album. Lol.

Hep Kat
January 17th 2012

14995 Comments


i dont understand all the octahedron hate when the low point of their career is clearly amputechture

patroneyes
January 17th 2012

1919 Comments


^^^

figure337
January 17th 2012

420 Comments


Agreed. Not only do the feel more natural they have more of a groove and atmostsphere instead of crazy freak outs and barrages.

I'll say it now:

Deantoni > Theodore.



fuckthatnoise
January 17th 2012

1479 Comments


lol amputechture is my 2nd favorite TMV album. (behind Frances.)

and yeah the new drummer is great. tbh im not at all surprised that Pridgen left after Octahedron. they didn't really let him do anything on that album.

hesperus
January 17th 2012

184 Comments


Octahedron was the worst Mars Volta album, but that's like calling Yanqui U.X.O. the worst Godspeed You! Black Emperor album.

As for the new album, I'm psyched. They haven't disappointed yet.

taxidermist
January 17th 2012

7195 Comments


Deantoni > Theodore.

:-O


Satellite
January 17th 2012

20676 Comments


the kiosk in my temporal lobe is shaped like rosalyn carter

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fsharptrit0ne
January 17th 2012

4814 Comments


Deantoni > Theodore.

hm, that's a big statement

taxidermist
January 17th 2012

7195 Comments


Deantoni had some good stuff with Omar (Old Money/other shit), but man, Theodore was a fucking beast on their first 3 records. Theodore all the way.

fsharptrit0ne
January 17th 2012

4814 Comments


i wont judge until i hear this record in full. but it's going to take a lot

TheKleszcz
January 17th 2012

42 Comments


Octahedron really is just Cotopaxi and Teflon. And Bedlam in Goliath is so awesome it's unbeliveable - Goliath is pure craziness.

I really dig The Whip Hand, can't wait to hear the studio version.

acorncheese
January 17th 2012

7119 Comments


lol @ deantoni > theodore

DinoX
January 17th 2012

3582 Comments


what is with this band's song names

johnnyblaze
January 17th 2012

2595 Comments


no one likes Pridgen? when i saw these guys live during their bedlam tour he slayed the shit outta that kit. i saw Deantoni during the amputechture tour and wasn't nearly as impressed.

taxidermist
January 17th 2012

7195 Comments


Octahedron really is just Cotopaxi and Teflon.

Lol, no.

fuckthatnoise
January 17th 2012

1479 Comments


i fuckin love Teflon. Cotopaxi, meanwhile, basically just comes across as a bedlam b-side that they felt they had to release, despite the fact that it completely fucks up the flow/atmosphere on that album.

it's an alright song on its own merits, but it just doesn't really fit in on octahedron.

El_Goodo
January 17th 2012

1008 Comments


I'll probably have a listen, but I really haven't enjoyed an album in it's entirety since Frances The Mute, which I think is better than De-Loused, after that they just stopped trying to make anything cohesive, Goliath was the one of the only songs I really enjoyed off their latest albums.

Can't wait to see what At The Drive-In is going to do if they make a new album.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2012

49773 Comments


Maybe I'll get into these guys now

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NeutralThunder12
January 17th 2012

8742 Comments


never did enhoy at the drive in, dont know why. De-Loused is perfect and Frances is also outstanding in most parts, their most recent 3 are hit and miss-mostly miss. Im hoping this will be a return to form.

MrGlass
January 17th 2012

326 Comments


umm... is that unsightly bubble-filled square thing supposed to be the album artwork? :/

regardless this is the best news ever. octahedron ruled, this will rule, etc etc

acorncheese
January 17th 2012

7119 Comments


deloused frances 5 bedlam 4.5 amp 4 octa 3.5

Satellite
January 17th 2012

20676 Comments


is that unsightly bubble-filled square thing supposed to be the album artwork?

are you really not sure?

Captain North
January 17th 2012

6779 Comments


Octahedron is the only album I like so hopefully more like that one

ILikeYoyos1
January 17th 2012

84 Comments


hope this meets expectations

Intheayer
January 17th 2012

79 Comments


*crosses fingers*

wacknizzle
January 17th 2012

12600 Comments


hopefully this is good because that album artwork is stupid and they've only gotten worse since De-loused and i feel like they still have potential to write another great album

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Drawkcab
January 17th 2012

25 Comments


i can't wait for this. no matter what sound they go with, I know i'll enjoy it

taxidermist
January 17th 2012

7195 Comments


they've only gotten worse since De-loused

So much derp itt.

henryChinaski
January 17th 2012

2682 Comments


Damn, artwork looks amazing.

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Captain North
January 17th 2012

6779 Comments


Because the artwork for deloused was so good...

Mewcopa0
January 17th 2012

1798 Comments


artwork hah

WeepingBanana
January 17th 2012

10043 Comments


wait a second, are you telling me that this album cover doesn't have a 3 legged lady with an upside down face and beards on her nipples?

Wizard
January 17th 2012

19208 Comments


Band wrote two great albums and that's about it.

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InFiction
January 17th 2012

3638 Comments


Should be good I hope.

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GreyShadow
January 17th 2012

433 Comments


i really liked the artwork... still this should be amazing

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tcat84
January 17th 2012

817 Comments


β€’At the Drive-in are back together

we all know that they are just doing it for coachella and maybe a tour this year... how awesome would it be if they recorded again...

I like Mars Volta better though, when i heard their first ep i was like " this is what my ears have been trained for!"

taa672
January 17th 2012

29 Comments


looking forward to this, but looking forward to new karnivool much more.

sniper
January 17th 2012

18938 Comments


i'm suspicious this will blow.

but i remain hopeful.

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NeutralThunder12
January 17th 2012

8742 Comments


well i read a while ago cedric said its gonna be stylistically stripped down and normal compared to their other stuff so its prolly gonna be boring and frustrating as theyve been recently with the last 3 records. Somehow hoping me reading that was a dream.

sniper
January 18th 2012

18938 Comments


they should just stop trying to be the most epic thing ever and make weird noisy punk again.

NeutralThunder12
January 18th 2012

8742 Comments


Lol I can't really consider any TMV album weird noisy punk.....a term like that fits At the Drive In's former style a little more I think. Being the most epic thing ever isn't the problem really, nothing wrong with ambition, its the fact that everything since Frances has either been out of place and annoying or confusing and boring.

Satellite
January 18th 2012

20676 Comments


the couple of new songs i've heard sound like a combination of atdi and tremulant/de-loused era tmv.

NeutralThunder12
January 18th 2012

8742 Comments


um where did u hear these

sniper
January 18th 2012

18938 Comments


that sounds good, but the pattern is that all the good ideas will be buried under ridiculous amounts of cedric and omar jizz and will blow.

NeutralThunder12
January 18th 2012

8742 Comments


yeah I can agree to that. Omar sometimes just drenches melodies and presents shit that just makes you annoyed, but when he hits, he fucking hits. I dont think he needs to be so over-the-top to make great stuff, I mean De-Loused was phenomenal and it was their most simple album melodically and instrumentally. The guitar work on that and Frances are so stellar

taxidermist
January 18th 2012

7195 Comments


I watched some of the live videos. Must say, I will probably like this record.

sniper
January 18th 2012

18938 Comments


I mean De-Loused was phenomenal and it was their most simple album melodically and instrumentally. The guitar work on that and Frances are so stellar
this.
i'm not really head over heels for this band anymore, but i could probably dig a stripped-down album by them as long as that doesn't end up sounding anything like octa.

Satellite
January 18th 2012

20676 Comments


um where did u hear these

hanson sent me a couple vids forever ago. wish i'd favorited them. i'm sure you can find them if you look hard enough. they're playing a festival and cedric has short hair (!).

NeutralThunder12
January 18th 2012

8742 Comments


I feel that they could pull it off, but I just fucking bet that they won't if thats the direction on the new one. I just don't want a continuation of what they trice on octahedron, that was a disappointing album.

Satellite
January 18th 2012

20676 Comments


obie trice real name no gimmicks

immortalizepain
January 18th 2012

378 Comments


Was waiting for this news to come to sputnik. Excited!

jrowa001
January 18th 2012

8750 Comments


happy birthday to me

Zorak
January 18th 2012

3188 Comments


This is looking pretty interesting.

Jkomari
January 18th 2012

6 Comments


I'm so pumped for this. Especially because Omar's solo works in between Octahedron to now has been AMAZING.

Plus At-The Drive In is back together. Meaning - more post hardcore influence. Fuck yes.

PostMesmeric
January 18th 2012

317 Comments


Between new Mars Volta, the At the Drive-in reunion and all of those solo albums that he makes, I'm suspecting that Omar plays the guitar instead of breathes. As if he wasn't busy enough...

Either way, can't wait for Noctourniquet.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
January 18th 2012

2887 Comments


fresh dopeness

johnnyblaze
January 18th 2012

2595 Comments


From Cedric:
"All I can say is that most of the music and artwork is the complete opposite of everything we have done.... We have stripped down much of what people are used to when it comes to us, so chances are a lot of you might not like it but I think a real Volta fan understands that change is good.”

TheLodge
January 18th 2012

39 Comments


Above sounds exciting

DallyLama
January 18th 2012

1065 Comments


songs sound boring as fuck
meshuggah > mars volta

ohfoxxxycole
January 18th 2012

4350 Comments


I AM A LAND MINE
I AM A LAND MINE
DONTCHA STEP ON ME
DONTCHA STEP ON ME

fuck

someguest
January 18th 2012

20252 Comments


From Cedric:
"All I can say is that most of the music and artwork is the complete opposite of everything we have done.... We have stripped down much of what people are used to when it comes to us, so chances are a lot of you might not like it but I think a real Volta fan understands that change is good.”


fuck this is going to be terrible

McP3000
January 18th 2012

3941 Comments


if they have jumped on this electronica bandwagon, i will delete their music from my life

someguest
January 18th 2012

20252 Comments


you know the mars volta sucks when they announce a dubstep album after bieber

FearThyEvil
January 18th 2012

12214 Comments


Looking forward to this release.

someguest
January 18th 2012

20252 Comments


no kidding

CrownOfMagnets
January 19th 2012

2231 Comments


someguest is an idiot

NeutralThunder12
January 19th 2012

8742 Comments


"All I can say is that most of the music and artwork is the complete opposite of everything we have done.... We have stripped down much of what people are used to when it comes to us, so chances are a lot of you might not like it but I think a real Volta fan understands that change is good.”

oh god no

sniper
January 19th 2012

18938 Comments


ummm, idk about you guys but anything that points to this being nothing like their last few releases sounds like good news to me.

Zorak
January 19th 2012

3188 Comments


chill the fuck out everyone. If it sucks, it sucks. Who fucking cares? AT THE DRIVE-IN IS BACK TOGETHER

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 19th 2012

21574 Comments


oh god no

http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb384/wyankeif1337/Screenshot2012-01-08at60532PM.png

Taxt
January 19th 2012

609 Comments


Bitches don't know shit bout Deantoni Parks

someguest
January 19th 2012

20252 Comments


AT THE DRIVE-IN IS BACK TOGETHER


who fucking cares about this, there's 10000 artsy post hardcore outfits now

Zorak
January 19th 2012

3188 Comments


I was just being a smart ass. I haven't even listened to atd-i

someguest
January 19th 2012

20252 Comments


good

sniper
January 19th 2012

18938 Comments


i care

fuckthatnoise
January 19th 2012

1479 Comments


that cedric quote makes me even more stoked for this.

figure337
January 19th 2012

420 Comments


that cedric quote makes me even more stoked for this.[2]

APJ90
January 19th 2012

11 Comments


For those who are bothered, these are the best vids of some of the new songs (better than the ones posted above anyway).

The Whip Hand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWqIaNQgvx0

Dyslexicon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN7ZaddTmcs

Empty Vessels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLtNJG3D28Q&feature=related

The Malkin Jewel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m25z6QmGfc&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL86A67D8563D67FCD

fuckthatnoise
January 19th 2012

1479 Comments


^oh shit, omar doin backing vocals on dyslexicon.

ElectricalEye
February 3rd 2012

67 Comments


God damn this band.... release a single or something.

johnnyblaze
February 3rd 2012

2595 Comments


i read somewhere that in abstentia will be released in a few weeks. that was about a week ago. shouldnt be long.

fuckthatnoise
February 8th 2012

1479 Comments


http://www.amazon.com/The-Malkin-Jewel/dp/B0076UYU5S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328738491&sr=8-1

30 second sample of The Malkin Jewel, being released next tuesday.

Funeralopolis
February 8th 2012

11000 Comments


stoked

Digging: Sweet Smoke - Just A Poke

willfellmarsy
February 8th 2012

3849 Comments


de-loused is the mars volta's worst album (besides octahedron of course)...if you think different you don't really get what theyre going for. De-loused is safe and accessible, the easiest album to enjoy for a casual listener, the reason most people say it's their fave and tmv have just gotten worse over time. Frances, Amp (especially), and bedlam are daring, challenging the listener sometimes with what could be termed too much dissonance and chaos, but id rather they keep on their route, if you want accessible prog listen to 3. De-loused is tmv spoon-feeding listeners so as to prepare them for the leap to a more sonically expansive experience, to bridge the gap for fans of atd-i with a bit of familiarity...clearly, thats not the music they want to play anymore (and haven't since frances)...move on...

fsharptrit0ne
February 8th 2012

4814 Comments


the damn sample shit is gone

NeutralThunder12
February 8th 2012

8742 Comments


nope de-loused is the best, amp was daring yet sucked, otahedron is boring and bedlam had some great shit some bad you lose



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