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Amputechture

Mars Volta , The Mars Volta Audio CD
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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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THE MARS VOLTA Amputechture (2006 UK 8-track CD album the groups third album less of a concept album & more conventionally structured including a guest appearance from Red Hot Chili Peppers John Frusciante picture booklet with custom stickered jewel case)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Amputechted Sept. 28 2006
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Mars Volta hit a sophomore slump in the overblown "Frances the Blind," after their dazzlingly surreal debut. But now the weirdest rockers of all have returned with "Amputechture" -- bizarre, entrancing, blinding, and apparently their only album without a theme. Not their best, but solid enough to be worthy of them.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow. this is musical creativity Nov. 10 2006
Format:Audio CD
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. It's like they just rocked out on one take in the studio cuz it's so natural and so creative.

You know when you say "I love Hail to the Thief"? The love is similar for Amputechture; that love for musical creativity!!

I'm not going to go through the songs but I really need to stress that you will hear the craziest, I repeat, CRAZIEST drum solo on Day of the Baphomets @10mins. I go bananas listening to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Prog Album! Sept. 19 2006
By Customer from Quebec TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Well, my favourite Mars Volta album remains Frances the Mute. I don't think they could do any better. It is perfect. Amputechture is an awesome album, starting and finishing in slow motion, songs fused one into the other and constantly changing with no apparent song scheme. Some may critisize that but for me it works perfectly. Greatest songs-Tetragrammaton, Amputechture, Viscera Eyes, Day of the Bahomets. Asilos Magdalena is a nice song, a little bit out of context, but finishes on time just before making you skipping the rest of it. Great musicians, great songs,not as great as Frances the Mute (10 stars) though. But anyway, for me an excellent 5 star album.
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