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