So many people compare Sparta to the Mars Volta when they honestly shouldn't because they came from At the Drive-In. While ATDI was an excellent band, they broke up and formed two separate bands. Stop comparing Sparta to the Mars Volta because the two are different bands. The Mars Volta is progressive outer-space type music, while Sparta is rock. Let Sparta do their own awesome thing without casing them next to the abstract Mars Volta.
So many people are also Sparta as emo. I don't think that this is true. I don't think that one song on the CD really has anything to do with the singer whining about how his girlfriend dumped him at all, and that's all emo is about these days (see quintessential emo song "Screaming Infidelities" by Dashboard Confessional). Sparta is something different.
Each song is laden with enough raw energy and power to make you feel the music. Yeah, this review is over a year after the CD came out, but it is simply amazing. One of the best CDs I have ever heard, honestly. In my top 5 favorite CDs of all time. The thing is, every single song on this CD is listenable and that is important to me as an avid music listener. Jim Ward has an achievement with the profound lyrics written on this album. Many critics dismiss the sound as being predictable, but that is crap. I've listened to a lot of music and this sounds like nothing I've listened to. It's an experience listening to it and it's just plain fun.
Buy this album and experience the brilliance that is Sparta.
Oh yeah, new CD soon. Sweet.