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The Mars Volta returns with a fresh dose of epic rock'n'roll on its third studio album, "Amputechture." The eight-track set opens with the seven-minute "Vicarious Atonement," the closest the group has ever come to a ballad.The album then moves back to familiar expansive musical territory on the nearly 17-minute "Tetragrammaton," and also features two other tracks that clock in past the 11-minute mark, "Meccamputechture" and "Day of the Baphomets." The disc itself runs more than 76 minutes in length.In addition to contributions from Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, "Amputechture" also features Paul Hinojos' first studio work with the Mars Volta since joining as a touring musician in 2005. Hinojos previously played with Mars Volta principals Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez in At The Drive-In.
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It opens with a weird distant synth, and the sound of clanging bells. "Vicarious Atonement" is a slow-moving, meditative song with a twisting guitar riff ambling through an ambient backdrop. It always seems just about to erupt into a full-blown rock song, but always holds back. The lyrics are even stranger -- they seem to be from Satan's point of view, looking at the crucified Christ and the Romans (or "wolves").
That changes with the tightly-wound, epic grandeur of the bizarre "Tetragrammaton," which seems to be building to a perpetual peak. Things calm down with "Vermicide," which is a pretty mellow song, except for the howling vocals of Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and the occasional clashing riff.
From there on, the band explores winding riffs and expansive songs that always seem to be reaching for something. They dabble in some Latin music and gypsyish guitar melodies, before exploding back into thrashy experimental stuff and roiling rock'n'roll, and finish up on a surprisingly restrained note with the synth-soaked, spacey-ambient "El Ciervo Vulnerado."
Wow. Whatever you say about the Mars Volta, nobody can criticize them for being boring or complacent. "Amputechture" is a musical journey, but it's a journey that splits off into a half dozen little side-trips -- some are into mad, wild places, and some are into quiet idylls. But wherever the album explores, it's musically spellbinding.Read more ›
1. Vicarious Atonement: a good intro to the album. Vicarious Atonement is a theory that the atonement of Jesus was legal in God's eyes.
2. Tetragrammaton: a nearly 17-minute song with many shifts and changes of music. Tetragrammaton is a reference to the Hebrew name for God.
3. Vermicide: although this may not be the first single on the album it most likely will be the second. It has a catchy chorus and is only about 4 1/2 minutes long. Vermicide is a substance used to kill worms.
4. Meccamputechture: this song is 12 mins and is a catchy song as a single but with intricate parts. Mecca is the most holy city in Islamic faith. (Which providesd the Mecca section of the title.) And amputechture is a mix of the words amputate (ampu) and architecture (techture).
5. Asilos Magdalena: this song is done entirely in spanish and is acoustic. Asilos Magdanela (spanish) means Mary's Asylum in in english most likely referring to Magdalen Asylum.
6. Viscera Eyes: this could possibly be the first single on the album. It is the most upbeat song on the album and means internal organs (intestines).
7. Day of Baphomets: a 12 minute song. Cedric's voice is perfectly placed with every part of this song. Baphomets is an object used for idoling.
8. El Ciervo Vulnerado: this song is well done but should not have been placed as the concluding song on the album. However it does have a good slow down feel to it. It means "the wounded deer" in English.
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in 2005 it was fraces the mute.
now in 2006 we have amputechture.
if you like the previous albums from the mars volta, you are likely to love this one as well. if you have never heard the mars volta, do yourself a favor and take a chance on amputechture. there is nothing i can tell you that would do this album justice. everytime you think you have this band pegged, they throw another curve ball at you. they are not an easy band to listen to. they challenge you at every turn. you can't just have them on as background music. their songs demand that you pay attention. there is not one wasted note, lyric, or special effect. like a david lynch movie, the lyrics and ideas presented may not always make sense, but when the disc ends, you'll be glad you took this journey. soon, you'll be craving another trip.
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Not mainstream by any means in my opinion. They make use of a lot of different instruments, vocal sounds, percussian, rhythms, dissonance, etc, etc. Definitly awesome music. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2006 by Julian Nam
Well, my favourite Mars Volta album remains Frances the Mute. I don't think they could do any better. It is perfect. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2006 by Customer from Quebec