Monday, June 15, 2009
The Mars Volta - Octahedron
This the fifth LP from the genre-fiddling prog-rock group The Mars Volta is quite a different type of beast to those previous albums. Octahedron contains more coherent vocals and less elongated screeches which should make the music more accessible to its incoming audience. There are still the characteristic themes of morbidity, darkness and alienation that encapsulate the focus of their material.
Compared to earlier works this is a more progressive and ultimately more formal body of material. Songs on this album are certainly less erratic than usual-With Twilight As My Guide and Copernicus(which strays into a lo-fi territory)are clear examples of this
Tracks like Cotopaxi still offer links to their latin punk funk startings.
This band is one of the main reasons as to why I am considering braving the intrepid melee of youth that is Oxegen-they are that good.