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just heard this now, quite liking it, not as good as de-loused though but has got some great grooves goin on it
to reachieving the spark of deloused. very close
So happy. You're generally right about a lot of these things.
people notice what i say? im scared...
or I fancy you. Take your pick.
some really good parts where they show that punk energy that has been so sorely missing since deloused. unfortunately it often regresses back into that territory of prog nonsense. real redundancy in parts, though i can see it appealing to hoody kids/tool fans/prog geeks
bout Tool fans fool?
sounds like it has elements of tool? prett y much. sorry, the way i wrote that made it look like i was lumping them in with some negative subcultures. i do see them becoming a band with the kind of status tool have though
Listening to it now, and liking it very very much. It's pretty much a combination of the manic energy of Deloused, Frances' astounding musicianship, and Amputechture's sense of killer groove. Oh, and the new drummer is a beast, brings a lot of technicality and variety to the table - just check out the intro to, Cavalettas.
All in all, I think it's very solid and easily their most accessible release since the debut. Like Deloused, however, I don't think it will have the replay value of Frances/Amputechture.
pretty much summed up perfectly
where are you hearing this?
It also has De-loused's song structures (and intense energy), Frances the Mute's heart and beauty, and the speed and groove of Amputechture. I think it's the perfect Mars Volta album. I can't stop listening to it!
I leaked Amputechture and it ruined the surprise though, so not leaking ANY of T.B.I.G. and i'm STOKED about it coming out.
Bring on the trilogy of gigs in March
but i prefer Deloused. I can't fault a single note on the whole album, it's the only piece of music i own that i think is 100% perfect.
But, of course, Frances The Mute is a close second
wont beat de-loused, its just the right blend of prog and grooves and rocking riffs, i do like all their albums tho
and I'm more happy with this album than I thought I could ever be.
but yeah, Frances the Mute will always be the best.
But! De-loused never made me cry like Bedlam or Frances did.
and listening to it now, it's a magnificent return to form. They've done away with the white noise/ stupidly long song structures that nearly ruined songs on frances, and gone back to shorter more spasmodic songs, like deloused. It has definitely got a more groove/funk orientated nature than deloused though, which does remind me of amputechture. It just feels like they thought about this one a bit more. The vocals sound awesome again, and the guitar work actually fits, and isn't just fret wankery.
It's pretty fucking magnificent.
I love the way your selling this :-)
Is it out monday or monday-week?
MUCH EXCITEMENT after reading the above.
amputechture was a bit lame, but this all sounds pretty promising
just to let you know that Avalanche don't scan barcodes through their till, therefore release the albums when they receive them, not on the Monday.
THERE-FORE: this album will be mine next Wednesday. Try beating me to it....go on, i dare you!
that's one of their best songs. TBIG is much better than Amputechure overall though. It's relentless though, it hardly gives your ears a break for the whole 75 minutes. which I admire.
at this point of course I realise that by 'antithesis' you meant the opposite of shitty, so ignore me. Ugh, I think I need another cup of tea
excited about this release, was underwhelmed by amputecture, while it had a few sparky moments it did tend to drag on in places.
De- Loused and Frances were certainly great and the new beast is anywhere near these in terms of song structure then a happy bunny me will be
the drumming is UNBELIEVABLE. so fat the best since deloused.. only half way through though!
Sounds good, No deloused but there are no songs over 10 minutes which shocks me!
Its better than Amputechture for sure.
i'm about half-way through it, and i have to say it is everything i could have hoped for and more!
*checks to see if live dates are still on sale...*
hasnt quite captivated me as i was hoping, though that may come with more listens.
i have to say though, the drumming on this album is possibly the best iv ever heard, absolutely astonishing.
I knew 'Goliath' would be amazing.
that everyone is liking it with me this time! I was so alone when Amputechture came out. Sure, it's heartless, but it's catchy!
Anyways, excited to receive my USB stick in the mail and get my double vinyl version on the 29th. that way the sound quality will be better. anyone else have that problem?
I meant amputechture is heartless. not bedlam. not by a longshot.
This is brilliant. I understand what was said about it being relentless....I've listened to it three times now and I now feel ready to end the day.
Yeah, I certainly thought that for it's lack of heart and/or feeling, Amputechture was a quality album. Frances the Mute will probably forever be my favorite album of all time, but God Damn the more times I absorb Bedlam the more and more I love it.
I wonder where they will go from here...
has split track seven into two halves, which is currently pissing me off. Other than that, sounds pretty good, I'll give it another listen in a bit.
This album is absolute balderdash. Compared to any of their other magical opus' completely lacking in variation of velocity and riffage. They seem to be spiralling downward. Disapointment
It is absolute twaddle.
...it's far more rewarding and exciting to buy an album having never listened to it before; go home, unpackage it and flick through the sleeve, smelling the freshly-printed paper and having the audible delights sink in.
Mars Volta, i love thee
that the title's the wrong way round before they release this. How can bedlam be in goliath?
and that's what matters.
Bedlam is a place or a state. Goliath is a thing.
'Goliath In Bedlam'
I think you're going to have a long day if it's your mission to 'fix' The Mars Volta's titles and lyrics and the like...
the story nehind the album? it'll make more sense if you do.
not the new one though, don't want to spoil the suprise for myself.........
I think I'm entering a jazz trance.....
As if the new TMV album wasn't quite enough, album numero 5 from Mr Rodriguez-Lopez is out the following week. It's called Calibration (Is Pushing Luck & Key Too far)
the track 'Ilyena' is named after Helen Mirren. I'm not even joking.
"Never a musician given to understatement, the Mars Volta's composer/guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez claims their fourth full-length studio album is "the record that didn't want to be born", following a stream of bad luck. More likely it contains "the tunes that did not want to be heard", such is the Texans' determination to strangle any melody with ludicrous indulgence. The "songs" (a relative concept on planet Mars Volta) sound as though they are competing to unleash as many prog-rock cliches as possible: portentous guitar riffs and twiddly bits are interspersed with all manner of atonal wind instruments and sonic pomposities. It's difficult to pick out a storyline among lyrical guff about "toltec bones" and antlers, and it's even harder to believe such twaddle is being made in 2008. A band only for unreconstituted prog-rock fans, or anyone who feels Muse are too restrained." 1 star.