The Mars Volta
Noctourniquet


4.0
excellent

Review

by Simon Killip USER (25 Reviews)
October 12th, 2012 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ....

"Octahedron" was the album that really moved "The Mars Volta" into a different sound, its a lot simpler, radio-friendly and divided the fan base. You either loved it or hated it.

If you did not like the easier listening "Octahedron" had to offer, the chances are you will not be won over here either. To put it in simple terms this album is the "Frances the Mute" of the new sound. What I mean by that is the last album saw them stripping the sound right down and creating a new thing that is easy to get your head round. "Noctourniquet" takes the "Octahedron" sound, but makes it a little harder to get into. There is a bit more to dig your ears into.

When I first listened to this album I was slightly more impressed with this over their last effort. New drummer, Deantoni Parks, adds new dimensions to the bands sound. To be frank the drumming is absolutely insane.
I was a little worried when Thomas Pridgen left, because I loved his balls-out style, which made the band sound very energetic. But Deantoni does a great job on this record.

The sound this time out is a lot more chilled, it's a turn the lights off, put your headphones on and relax kind of record. "Empty Vessels Makes The Loudest Sounds" in particular is such a great song and leaves you feeling very upbeat. And there are several other songs that have the same effect.
There are hardly any fast songs or songs that kick in right away, "Dyslexicon", "Malkin Jewel" and "Malochwalker" are the only tracks that really go right in. For the most part it's slow and steady build-ups.
But that is what this album does best. You will come across songs were not a lot seems to happen, but then when the song does kick in it's mind-blowingly effective. "In Absentia" - My favourite song on this album - is a perfect example: a very slow distorted seven and a half minute track that leaves you hanging on right till the last two and a half-minutes where everything kicks and Cedric has his vocals clean. It's done in such an effective way that it blew me away.

I am a long time fan of the Volta and while the last album did not really do a lot for me, this new album is an interesting twist on what they created from Octahedron. In my opinion, when a band has been around as long as these guys, you kinda have to change your sound a bit to keep things interesting. And they've certainly done that with this.

Excellent album.



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Titan
October 12th 2012


5404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Vedamalady is a great track

TheNotrap
October 12th 2012


8127 Comments


Need to check this asap.
Have a pos.

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MO
October 12th 2012


18998 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

boring

DrGonzo1937
October 12th 2012


6550 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@TheNotrap

Well worth a look. Cheers man.


Titan
October 12th 2012


5404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@TheNotrap

This isn't for everybody.......not so sure you would like this.....but well worth the look!

tommygun
October 12th 2012


25138 Comments


Deantoni Parks kicks so much arse

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johnnyblaze
October 12th 2012


2626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

proofread your review man. there are a ton of grammatical errors.

undertakerpt
October 12th 2012


1375 Comments


"proofread your review man. there are a ton of grammatical errors."

Oh the irony!

DrGonzo1937
October 12th 2012


6550 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^

lol

johnnyblaze
October 12th 2012


2626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

u r dumb

truekebabpower
October 12th 2012


639 Comments


yeah dude, you should totally proofread your comments

truekebabpower
October 12th 2012


639 Comments


"Deantoni Parks kicks so much arse"

I miss Thomas, he was one crazy motherfucker




SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2012


4453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Deantoni is a pretty great drummer but I miss Thomas and Jon, I preferred their style much more. Also, this album was indeed good, but I was disappointed that they didnt go back to their Frances The Mute/Amputechture prog sound.

Youtellme
October 12th 2012


1351 Comments


Have yet to listen to anything other than Frances and De loused, but i love those albums.

Also, pretty good review. Pos'd.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2012


16114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

really couldnt get into this as much as earlier releases, still ok tho

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Oceanus
October 12th 2012


877 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The worst possible album from a band of capable musicians.

Hep Kat
October 12th 2012


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album is amazing on dxm

KILL
October 12th 2012


72097 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

suk

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2012


16114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn

Hep Kat
October 12th 2012


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

kill i really like you man and because of this like i totes respect ya right to suk this all you want



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