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2008 album from the eccentric Alternative outfit. Fans of this American Progressive Rock band should expect the same thematic approach to storytelling as on their former records. This album chronicles The Mars Volta's time with the Soothsayer AKA the Ouija board owned by vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and its mutation from a source of amusement during the tour supporting the band's Amputechture album into a malevolent psycho-spiritual force that nearly tore the group apart, collectively and individually. The album's creation process was subject to "bad luck controversy" after the band's bizarre experience. The Bedlam in Goliath is their fourth full-length studio album. Produced by guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez with engineer Robert Carranza, 12 tracks. Universal.
No one has ever accused the Mars Volta of subtlety. But even so, the cyclonic caterwaul of Bedlam in Goliath is the bands fullest starburst to date. Sure, the songs have titles that seem indecipherable, from Aberinkula to Conjugal Burns. The important thing, though, is the molten, guitar-spiraling, drum-thundering core at the heart of the whole endeavor. Aberinkula opens the album with an unfettered explosion of clustered guitars and a dense keyboard haze pierced by Cedric Bixler-Zavalas coarse, pitched yowl. A scouring soprano sax solo cuts across the songss midsection, and that vibe spreads throughout Bedlam, but so does the most pervasive melding of herky-jerk rhythms, post-punk speed, uber-funk bass, and chaotic riffage that youre likely to find in rock & roll. If its Bedlam you want, you cant miss here. --Andrew Bartlett
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The Mars Volta's brain-frying stuff has always left me cold and, while the latest material still has the full array of over-the-top instrumentation, bonkers lyrics and Cedric Bixler Zavala's soaring falsetto vocal cords, there are more than a few decent tunes.
"Aberinkula" surges out of the speakers with mock operatic choruses and frenetic percussion, creating a level of energy seldom reached again in the whole album.
"Wax Simulacra" is a song simultaneously taking off in several directions while failing to go anywhere remotely interesting.
And at more than eight minutes long, "Goliath" is grandiose and pleased with itself, foaming at the mouth with pseudo mysticism, seeking attention like a hyperactive child.
Insanely indulgent? Original and inspired?
At least you can never accuse The Mars Volta of lacking adventure. This is about as adventurous as it gets.
Highlights : "Aberinkula" and "Soothsayer".
About the album. Just Goliath itself is worth buying the album. And so are the rest of the 75 minutes of total aural assault!
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Probably one of the best albums ever made. Great drumming. The most brutal and rock album by this band. Takes time to like but worth the buy. Would highly recommend!!!Published 11 months ago by Alex Douc
Cet album regroupe quelques uns des meilleurs musiciens dont le batteur Thomas Pridgen (qui ne fait malheureusement plus parti du band). Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2011 by Alexandre Gauvin
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