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It’s not the bloated Tales From Topographic Oceans sequel that the waterlogged Amputechture (2006) turned out to be, but the Mars Volta’s The Bedlam in Goliath finds the band still immersed in the regressive progressive rock and sledgehammer funk that has grown exponentially more bombastic and parodic since their promising 2003 debut, De-Loused in the Comatorium.

 

Cedric Bixler Zavala’s paroxysmal vocals are still careening through a Geddy Lee’d bombast of bilingual, hyper-octave melodrama, and though bandleader/guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has thankfully dropped his interminable excursions into momentum-killing ten-minute ambient lulls, he’s countered by shifting the song tempos into a numbing, adrenalized extreme. Further, Rodriguez-Lopez still drives the band through lead-foot funk and Cliff’s Notes fusion (where random sax squalls and brassy throbs become free jazz) -- the same superficial eclecticism that began on their debut as a tic and has now erupted into a grand mal of sonic epilepsy, with the frenzied (albeit technically virtuosic) shuddering never slowing until the album’s final, twisting roar fades into raw-ear silence.

 

Sounding as if he were striving for his own Bitches Brew or Fun House, Rodriguez-Lopez’s scattershot new production only manages to resemble a second-rate, speed-addled Comatorium. This is rut music and the Mars Volta are still stuck in it; even if they’ve managed to avoiding digging themselves any deeper with Goliath’s frenetic lateral slides into pseudo bedlam, momentum is only momentum if you’re going somewhere.

 

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Official Site: http://www.themarsvolta.com/

Label Site: http://www.goldstandardlabs.com/

Song Clips: http://www.myspace.com/themarsvolta

 

  • Aberinkula
  • Metatron
  • Ilyena
  • Wax Simulacra
  • Goliath
  • Tourniquet Man
  • Cavalettas
  • Agadez
  • Askepios
  • Ouroboros
  • Soothsayer
  • Conjugal Burns
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I think this album is awesome. I never liked the "ten minute ambient lulls" from them either, and getting rid of them makes for a much tighter album. Sure there's filler songs on here, but when the MV is great, they're really great.

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this album is awesome. there aren't any other bands that can make such incredible compositions that are both memorable and interesting. The melodies are incredible and frankly a huge breath of fresh air from all the uncreative clone music you see these days.

jonhud

Rut music? There is a lot of music that's stuck in a rut these days, and the Mars Volta is far from being in one of those bands. They're one of the few bands lately that actually play honest music.

KG

Travis Woods is pretentious. One of the worst bits of criticism I've ever read. Bedlam and Goliath is a possessed monster of a record and anyone willing and wanting to take the ride will receive much more than they ever bargained for. "This is rut music and The Mars Volta are still stuck in it; even if they’ve managed to avoiding digging themselves any deeper with Goliath’s frenetic lateral slides into pseudo bedlam, momentum is only momentum if you’re going somewhere." - really? Learn how to write without your ego. You're an ignorant moron.

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