The Mars Volta album review

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3/5

The days of opening their albums with an explosive track is clearly a thing of the past for these El Paso proggers. As with their last album, Octahedron, first song ‘The Whip Hand’ is fairly timid, with a flat, off beat that sounds more like a mistake. Looking past that, the quintet’s sixth effort does offer some gems. ‘Molochwalker’ is a frenzy of riffs (think Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix), while ‘Lapochka’ utilises piercing, Kraftwerk-style synths to great effect. It’s a mishmash of tempos and techniques that’ll leave you both euphoric and a bit queasy.

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